This exhibition focuses on Norwegian enamel production (technology, innovation, and business) and enamel design. Artistic and technical innovations in enamel work were Norway’s greatest, though least remembered, contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement of the mid-twentieth century.
The exhibition features Grete Prytz Kittelsen, known as the “Queen of Scandinavian Design,” through her work for the firms Tostrup and Cathrineholm. With good design, functional forms, inexpensive materials, and efficient manufacturing, especially through her partnership with Cathrineholm, she brought Norwegian enamel design into the forefront in both Scandinavia and the United States.
The exhibition will showcase enamel jewelry, cookware, and tableware from Vesterheim’s collection and from individuals and other institutions.
The guest curator for the exhibition is Kate Martinson, Emeritus Professor of Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Exhibition programming will include gallery talks, presentations, and reception.
Funded program of Humanities Iowa. Humanities Iowa (HI) is committed to bringing the humanities to the public through grant making, publications, and through interactive programming and events. Founded in 1971, HI is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.