New ceramic art

By on May 31, 2017

When parts of Nacka Hospital are being renovated, it is planned for new art on seven floors. The culture administration at Stockholm County Council has appointed two artists who may work out a proposal.

The new work will be carried out in dialogue with Stig Lindberg’s already permanent ceramic works. The legacy of the famous porcelain factory in Gustavsberg also plays an important role.

In the entrance to Nacka Hospital there are art: various organic formations of blue, green and brown ceramics with playful patterns and rocks that fill several meters of white corridor walls. The work “Funderinger i Väntrum” is considered a single major form and dominates the bottom plane of the hospital. It dates from 1965 and signed one of Sweden’s most famous artists, Stig Lindberg.
 
Now large parts of Nacka Hospital are being renovated. A seven-floor elevator hall will serve as entrances to psychiatric care services with 96 care areas end-psychiatric care. This is where new art is being installed. The culture administration at Stockholm County Council has appointed two artists who may work out their proposal for artistic design at the given site. The requirement is that the new work should be in dialogue with Stig Lindberg’s already permanent ceramic art.
 
– As an art project, such a large ceramic interior design is unique. Stig Lindberg is typical of the arts and crafts, his porcelain is found in each and every home. But he has also featured several major public works of art. There is a strong interest in contemporary art crafts today, and it creates a bridge between the visual arts and the arts industry – two worlds that do not always meet, says Anna Wignell, project manager for cultural management who designed the mission.
 
The place is of particular importance for this piece of art. Gustavsberg, located next to Nacka, has long been on the map as a center for ceramic arts and crafts. Greatness was 1940-1970 when Stig Lindberg was an artistic director of Gustavsbergsstudion.
 
– With the work, we want to highlight the strong local tradition of ceramic art, both at Nacka Hospital and in Nacka and Värmdö, not least through Gustavsberg. It is a way of managing the local cultural heritage. It is also important to focus on artistic formulation in relation to psychiatric care that generally suffers from worn and deprived premises. Focusing on artistic design in a psychiatric care environment is an attempt to reduce stigmatization of mental health, says Anna Wignell.
 
When the announcement went out at the beginning of the year, it was shared by many on social media. Agneta Linton is an art consultant and has gone through all over 200 applications that have entered the cultural administration. She believes that the interest in ceramics and handicrafts increases both in contemporary art and in society as a whole. She herself has a background as an artisan and is one of the founders of Gustavsbergs Art Hall, an art gallery specialized in contemporary art crafts.
 
– Gustavsberg’s brand is still well-known in Europe and strongly associated with high quality both technically and artistically. Today, tradition continues, mainly through the many artistic workshops housed in the old porcelain factory.
 
Her expectations of the new artistic design at Nacka Hospital are a work of both contemporary and historical connections.

– I wish to see works that relate free to Stig Lindberg. A new artistic formulation that relates to the older form, but represents an independent and contemporary artistry. It is a big challenge that demands both high artistic level and solid ceramic knowledge, says Agneta Linton.

The two contractors are working on a proposal to be presented in the autumn of 2017. The proposals that are now being prepared are expected to be completed in the autumn of 2018.

 
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