Nationalmuseum Announces Museum in a new light: Shimmering silver

The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm presents Museum in a new light: Shimmering silver an exhibition on view 27 January 2011 – March 2012.

The Shimmering silver exhibition is part of the project Museum in a new light, which considers how Nationalmuseum’s collections may be exhbitited in a renovated museum building. The common thread running through the project i light, and how different kinds of light affect the appreciation of art.

Silver is a material that can be worked in almost infinite ways. The hard metal can be polished, decorated with patterns in relief and enamel or left with the marks of the hammer. The exhbition looks more closely at the various techniques used by silversmiths.

Standing alongside the silver are works of art and applied art that employ other materials and techniques: bronze, stone, glass and ceramics. Focusing on the similarities of design, the objects are displayed according to different themes, such as Inspired by nature, Modelled on antiquity and Swedish simplicity. The exhibition clearly shows how the different arts have cross-pollinated and drawn on the same sources of inspiration. –

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