Mathias Bengtsson – The Magic of Form – Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
Mathias Bengtsson Slice Chair Brass_1

Galerie Maria Wettergren is proud to announce that Mathias Bengtsson’s Slice Chair in brass (2017) is part of the exhibition
The Magic of Form – Design and Art
9 July, 2021 – 27 February, 2022
Kunsten, Aalborg, DK

8 Formens magi, fotograf Kunsten_Niels FabækPhoto: Niels Fabæk ©Kunsten

During the 20th century, ‘Danish Design’ became a world-famous style and brand. It has largely claimed to stand outside international modernism, which emerged in the early 20th century, especially in Central Europe, and reshaped art, architecture and design throughout most of the world.
Although international modernism rejected historical styles and even the concept of style itself, it was in fact the new prevailing style. The art forms were to be united, and artists should be charged with giving shape to a new rational and industrial era, as proclaimed in manifestos from the  early 20th century.
The exhibition themes follow the historical development from around 1900 to now. However, each theme also includes examples from other periods. This is because the themes represent universal form approaches that were manifested in modernism and laid the foundation of today’s design.
The question about the connection and distinction between design and art that frames the exhibition is similarly historical and contemporary at once.

The Magic of Form is divided into three thematic rooms, where the main figures in Danish design and their collective work are unfolded for all your senses alongside contemporary artists and architects – Including Mathias Bengtsson’s Slice Chair in brass (2017), part of Design Museum Denmark’s permanent collection.

It is a visual exhibition that asks the question:
Is there a connection between Danish design and other art forms?

The exhibition has been created in a partnership between Kunsten, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Designmuseum Danmark. It draws on exhibits from the three museums’ collections to explore Danish design’s relationship with art and architecture.

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