In the midst of one of Sweden’s finest art museum, The Thielska Gallery in Stockholm, Märta Mattsson will present a solo exhibition of her work from the past few years. Installed in a room with a magnificent ceiling painted by Swedish artist Karl Axel Pehrson, Mattsson’s work becomes a surrealist cabinet of curiosities.
Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and has studied jewellery art at HDK-School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Royal College of Art in London. Someone once told Märta: “You make jewellery for children, not for adults.” Given that she draws inspiration from her childhood experiences of playing with stuffed animals and slugs, her fellow students in Tokyo were right when they described her work as: ‘KimoKawaii’, which is in fact a combination of two words kawaii (cute) and kimoi (disgusting). Märta’s work is based on the tension that exists between attraction and repulsion. She translates her bizarre fantasies into ornament and invites people to marvel over their oddity. Selected Public Collections: Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Röhsska Museum Goteborg, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Royal College of Art, London, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Galeria Sztuki W Legacy, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Town of Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, Museum of Art and Design, New York
The Thielska Gallery is recognized as one of the finest art museums in Sweden and is beautifully set in walled grounds at Blockhusudden in the royal park of Djurgården. The gallery houses a unique collection of works of art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by leading artists of the period including Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn. The building was designed by Ferdinand Boberg specifically to house banker and art patron Ernest Thiel’s magnificent art collection and was completed in 1907. The Thiel Gallery also served as Ernest Thiel’s home from 1907 to 1924 and has remained largely unaltered ever since. The upper floor was designed in accordance with Thiel’s own proposal of two large rooms “whose walls would be covered with paintings”. In the famous tower room is the heart of the gallery, containing Nietzsche’s death mask and prints by Edvard Munch.The collection and the building together form a strikingly beautiful entity.