Stripes in all shapes, old and new, two- and three dimensional at see worthy Nordiska Museet exhibition

Vet inte om jag ska skratta eller gråta. Varenda bild har fått en suddig slöja över sig denna unika fotovänliga kväll med alla ränder kors och tvärs på kroppar och i utställning. Detta trots att jag hade tagit med mig finkameran, då jag förstod att fototillfällena skulle bli rikliga. Hursomhelst det var en härlig utställning, Ränder, Rytm, Riktning på Nordiska Museet. Alla var där och svängde på vernissagen, och det blir helt nödvändigt att gå tillbaka och se den och köpa katalogen som Susanne Helgeson redigerat och Björn Kusoffsky gjort layouten. Förlaget gick med på roliga förslaget att göra olika omslag på varje katalog. Utställningen står ju faktiskt kvar ända till september 2014 så det finns tid Blev så glad över att se en så proffsigt genomförd utställning att jag genast skrev om den i min regelbundna krönika för Dalarnas Tidningar. GÅ OCH SE DEN! Här några suddiga bilder trots allt! Tillfället kommer dessvärre inte tillbaka.

The exhibition Stripes, Rythm and Direction just opened at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm and I was so happy to go to the opening last week. Most guests dressed in stripes, one even in prisoners’ outfit. Below an excerpt from the exhibition text. It was a clever thing by the museum direction to let these talented and experienced Swedish Designers Tom Hedqvist and Synneve Mork and their reference team to dive deep into the rich collections of the museum, and only use the theme stripes as criteria. Normal museum exhibitions are much more educational ambition of representativity and diversity. Sometimes too academic and politically correct. That is partly why this was so liberating; a strong visual exhibition, made by some of our very best professionals in the field, seemingly natural and easily put together – although we know the work has been going on for over a year, lots of research before this attractive mix is served to us as visitors. I had bad luck with my camera at the opening night, all came out blurry, the automatic focus was switched off, but I share some with you anyway. And take the opportunity to see the exhibition yourselves.


We see them all around us, they influence us. We may even be dependent on them. What a stripe means is very much linked to where, when and how it is used. The context is what adds meaning to the shape. But interpretation is also in the eye of the beholder: a single line can evoke completely different associations.

Stripes, rhythm, direction is an exhibition in two parts. In the big hall, you will see both everyday stripes and more exclusive stripes, new and old stripes, lengthwise and crosswise stripes, stripes from lots of different perspectives. The adjacent gallery is presenting a display of several hundred striped objects from Nordiska museet collections dating back to the 18th century.

Stripes can be found everywhere, even though we may not always think about them. On the clothes we wear, in the landscape which surrounds us, on buildings, in art, on furniture and textiles… They can be used in different ways and signal different things. They can be good or evil, point things out, demonstrate power or issue warnings. Stripes may be charged with political or ideological meaning, they can be rebellious or literary.


The Zebra sets the tone

The Zebra sets the tone