Curation: Twenty-first-century jewels in Hallwyl House

Exhibition at the museum Hallwyl House in Stockholm, curated by Sanna Svedestedt and Karin Roy Andersson. The exhibition took place during the Jewellery Art 2016 project, initiated by the National Museum.

Photo: Sanna Svedestedt / Karin Roy Andersson
Presentation image for exhibition at Hallwyl House

Wilhelmina Hallwyl (1844-1930) was a Swedish countess, art collector, and philanthropist known for her extensive and eclectic collection of art, antiques, and historical objects. Wilhelmina Hallwyl’s passion for collecting led her to amass a vast array of items, ranging from fine art and furniture to everyday household objects and curiosities from around the world. She meticulously documented and cataloged her collection, which was notable for its diversity and comprehensiveness.

In 1920, Wilhelmina and her husband donated the Hallwyl House and its contents to the Swedish state, with the stipulation that it be preserved as a museum and today, the Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska museet) in Stockholm is open to the public. But what if Wilhelmina von Hallwyl had lived today – what would her collection look like, and what type of contemporary jewellery would she be collecting?

In this exhibition we created an imaginary collection of art jewellery for Wilhelmina and documented it just as the other objects in Wilhelmina’s collection have been meticulously documented. Participating artists: Karin Roy Andersson, Sofia Björkman, Åsa Christensson, Karin Johansson, Sanna Svedestedt and Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou.

Exhibition view