Yesterday the Kongens Have park in Copenhagen was filled with Danish hopeful beer-drinking football supporters, all cheerfully wishing Denmark to beat Portugal. As a stereotypical girl ignorant of all sports, I avoided the football game and strolled through the sunlit park, down to the Designmuseum to see some Danish winning design instead. The current exhibition Rokoko Mania seemed much more appealing!
The exhibition takes us on an 18th century journey spiced up with modern elements. The idea behind Rokoko Mania is to make the public reflect about then and now. Selected pieces from the Museum’s own Rococo selection has been carefully mixed with modern specially designed creations by Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare and Danish designers Nikoline Liv Andersen, Anne Damgaard and MUUSE represented Laura Baruël.
Laura Baruël’s landscape of five white sculptural dresses Mountain Scene, was an impressive site when you entered the room! Since Laura is fascinated by the relationship between man and nature, each one of the dresses represents elements of nature; clouds, water, waves, flowers and hills. By using paper and silk, Laura has interpreted two dimensional traditional Chinese motifs and transformed them into Rococo shaped three dimensional wonders with Japanese aesthetics. Fabulous!
If you are curious about Laura Baruël’s work, take a look at her collection at MUUSE.
Cute Rococo porcelain pill boxes:
Nikoline Liv Andersen:
The Rokoko Mania exhibition runs from 3 May – 23 September at the Designmuseum Danmark.