Modernism in Scandinavia Art, Architecture and Design

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  • Copyright: 2017-02-23
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Scandinavia is a region associated with modernity: modern design, modern living and a modern welfare state. This new history of modernism in Scandinavia offers a picture of the complex reality that lies behind the label: a modernism made up of many different figures, impulses and visions. It places the individuals who have achieved international fame, such as Edvard Munch and Alvar Aalto in a wider context, and through a series of case studies, provides a rich analysis of the art, architecture and design history of the Nordic region, and of modernism as a concept and mode of practice.

Scandinavian Modern addresses the decades between 1890 and 1970 and presents an intertwined history of modernism across the region. Charlotte Ashby gives a rationale for her focus on those countries which share an interrelated history and colonial past, but also stresses influences from outside the region, such as the English Arts and Crafts movement and the impact of emergent American modernism. Her richly illustrated account guides the reader through key historical periods and cultural movements, with case studies illuminating key art works, buildings, designed products and exhibitions.

Author Biography

Charlotte Ashby lectures in the history of art and design at Birkbeck, University of London, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Oxford University, UK.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Up to 1890 - The Foundations of Modernism
Johan Christian Dahl, Winter at the Sognefjor, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
Amalia Lindegren, Sunday Afternoon in a Dalecarlian Farmhouse, National Museum of Sweden
Akseli Gallen-Kallela , Boy with a Crow, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
Oslo University, Christian Grosch, with Carl Fredrik Schinkel, Oslo
Helgo Zettervall, Lund Cathedral Restoration, Lund
Gustaf Nystrom, National Archive, Helsinki
Gustavsberg and August Malmström, Nordic style vase, National Museum of Sweden
Carl Wilhelm von Hanno, Entrance arch to Norwegian section at the Paris Exhibition, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
Pietro Krohn, Heron Service, Bing & Grøndahl Collection
Nordic Industrial, Agricultural and Art Exhibition in Copenhagen
Chapter 2: 1890-1910 - The Golden Age
J. F. Willumsen, Jotunheimen, J.F. Willumsen Museum, Frederikssund
Richard Bergh, Nordic Summer Evening, Göteborg Art Museum
Helene Scherfbeck, The Seamstress (The Working Woman), Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
Martin Nyrop, Copenhagen town hall
Gerhard Munthe, Leveld, Lysaker
Saarinen, Railway Station, Helsinki
Gustavsberg AB Willow range, prod. 1880 - 1901 and 1916 - 1930, National Museum of Sweden
Arnold Krog, Dish with lily, Royal Copenhagen, National Museum of Sweden
Frida Hansen, The Milky Way, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Paris World's Fair
Chapter 3: 1910-1930 - Classicism and the Universal Vision
Edvard Munch, Murals for Oslo University
Sigrid Hjerten, Studio, Moderna Museet
Franciska Clausen, The Screw, National Gallery of Denmark
Ragnar Ostberg, Stockholm Town Hall
Hack Kampmann, Police Headquarters
Harald Hals, Nordre Åsen Housing Development, Oslo
Aage Rafn, Roman chair, Copenhagen Police Headquaters
Edward Hald, Bowl, Orrefors Glasbruk, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Toini Kallio and Friends of Finnish Handicrafts, ryijy design, Design Museum, Helsinki
Baltic Exhibition 1914 and Paris 1925
Chapter 4: 1930-1950 - Functionalism and Modernism
Sven "X-et" Erixson, Nils Holgersson, assembly-hall in Olovslundsskolan in Bromma
Wilhelm Freddie, Shadows Birth, National Gallery of Denmark
Lennart Segerstrålem, Finlandia Fresco, Bank of Finland
Gunnar Asplund, Stockholm 1930 exhibition
Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson, Oslo City Hall
Alvar Aalto, Villa Mairea, Noormarkku,
Kaare Klint, Safari stool, Rasmussen collection
Bruno Mathsson, Eva chair, National Museum of Sweden
ARTEK – Aino Aalto
New York Worlds Fair
Chapter 5: 1950-1970 – Post-war Modern
Asger Jorn, Mural, Aarhus Gymnasium
Tove Jansson, View to a Balcony, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
Jakob Weidemann, Autumn Leaves, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
Arne Jacobsen, SAS Copenhagen
Aarne Ervi, Tapiola Housing Project, Espoo
Peter Celsing, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Milan Triennale Exhibitions
Design in Scandinavia, Exhibition, North America
Maija Isola, Saddle, printed cotton, Marimekko, Design Museum, Helsinki
Grete Prytz Kittelsen, Sensasjonskasserollen Cathrine, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway

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