Exhibition: Migration – The Journeys of Objects

Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, October 2022 – August 2023

Just as ideas, material and products migrate, so too do objects. The exhibition Migration reveals the multiple paths travelled by items before ending up in the museum collection.

This exhibition, co-curated with international design magazine MacGuffin, presents over 200 objects of various cultural, geographical and historical origins. They are arranged in series according to material and typology. Some displays feature two or three items, others contain hundreds.

The exhibition features everything from Coptic textile fragments and Skåne tapestries to Sami spoons of reindeer horn and Swedish tobacco caddies. Exhibition highlights include: the sixteenth-century tapestry Astronomie; a selection of antique Greek vases; Hannah Ryggen’s feminist tapestry Unmarried Mother (1937); and a new, site-specific installation by Olof Marsja.

A global historical perspective on the collection highlights the various ways in which design migrates. What journey have objects undertaken before ending up in the museum collection? How can we understand why similar motifs and patterns appear in different cultures and periods? In what ways do local resources affect the shape of, and trade in, design?

Migration runs from 23 October 2021 until 28 August 2022.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue in Swedish and English.

Curators: Kirsten Algera, Ernst van der Hoeven and Johan Deurell
Graphic identity: Sandra Kassenaar

All photos: Carl Ander