In 2018 we are celebrating the 125th jubilee of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum) with a quasquicentennial exhibition named “125 objects, choices, stories”. The exhibition shows the museum’s collection in a new and perhaps surprising manner, since the objects on display are not chosen by the museum staff, but by 125 people outside the institution.
We have invited physicians, immigrants, children, carpenters, students, musicians, politicians and artists to pick their personal favorite from the collection. These 125 choices not only represent the things in themselves, but 125 new pairs of eyes and 125 new stories about the collection’s place in society. Through these contributions, we gain an insight into what the objects do to people.
A catalogue with texts, written by the 125 co-curators, will accompany the exhibition. These texts deal with art and the culture of objects, but just as much about people. The texts are generous and humorous, deep and sparkling. All the new stories meditate over the endless potentials of the collection. Thanks to the selected objects, we also get to see what the public is interested in, and the type of exhibitions we should be planning for the next 125 years.
The exhibition will be shown from the 26th of April until the 28th of August 2018.