Art exhibition

Treasures of the Home

Enjoy domestic treasures from the world of art as the Cobalt Works and Mines celebrates 50 years as a museum. Admire the details on exquisite porcelain and ceramics in our eclectic and varied exhibition.

Paintings, porcelain and pottery are a testament to the need for beautiful things, whether they are used or admired or both.

Underlying the theme of this remarkable 50th anniversary exhibition is the history of the Cobalt Works and Mines. In 1776, four years after the discovery of cobalt deposits in Modum, the Royal Danish Porcelain Factory became the Cobalt Works and Mines’ first customer. The eponymous blue colour pigment was used to decorate a host of items including the famed blue- fluted porcelain still regarded with great fondness today.

Porcelain was at first considered white gold – a status item with which the European royal families filled their palaces, with each country preferring to produce its own. But gradually, porcelain found its way into the homes and lives of ordinary people.

This is the Nordic region’s first exhibition to focus on porcelain and ceramics as a unique theme in painting as well as in arts and crafts. The exhibition illustrates the range of different contexts in the home where dinner services and tea sets are found, from a prominent shelf for displaying a family’s best crockery to an intimate table where the future is read in coffee cups.

What can be told through these objects? How are contemporary artists taking their inspiration from traditional materials and themes?

On display are works from famous and less well-known artists including:

Vilhelm Hammershøi (DK), Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (DK), O.A. Hermansen (DK), Fritz Syberg (DK), Peter Illsted (DK), Isaac Grünewald (SE), Richard Bergh (SE), Pehr Hilleström (SE), Julius Kronberg (SE), Frits Thaulow (NO), Edvard Munch (NO), Vincent Stoltenberg Lerche (NO), Jacob Bratland (NO), Carl Fridthjof Smith (NO), Christian Meyer Ross (NO), Adolph Tidemand (NO), Johanne Siqveland (NO), Nikolai Astrup (NO), Gerhard Munthe (NO) in dialogue with contemporary artists including Vanessa Baird (NO), Bjørn Båsen (NO), Irene Nordli (NO), Paul Scott (UK), Lisa Milroy (CA), Jan de Vliegher (BE), Niels Strøbek (DK), Lena Cronqvist (SE), Caroline Slotte (FI).

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