I went to see Björn Weckström's (b. 1935) life work exhibition MAN, MACHINE AND JEWELLERY at the Didrichsen Art Museum. The exhibition was supposed to happen already last year in the artist’s 85th anniversary year, but luckily it could be opened now. I didn't know much about Weckström's life. I only knew him as a pioneering jewellery designer from the days of Lapponia Jewelry, but these human-sized mythical bronze figures were new to me. They are mindboggling, dramatic and, of course, stunning, but I find them pretty scary. Here's how Didrichsen's website says:
In Weckström's works, the myths of antiquity meet the scientific achievements and fantasies of our time - the conquest of space, genetic manipulation and the revolution of machines. The large, shiny bronze sculptures of the exhibition from the 1980s and 1990s, machine people, are like a vision of a future driven by technological development.
The jewellery exhibition features 86 pieces from Weckström's career. Included is one of the artist’s best-known jewels, the Planetoid Valleys Necklace seen in the first Star Wars film. Weckström has designed his most famous jewellery for the Finnish Lapponia Jewelry, which is now owned by Kalevala Koru Oy.
Weckström’s small marble and glass sculptures were sympathetic and approachable.
The exhibition included a series of stunning Stonehenge sculptures.
The thinker, 1988
MAN, MACHINE AND JEWELLERY
Didrichsen Art Museum 11.9.2021–30.1.2022
He has written a biography called The Designer of Myths (Bazar 2018).
The book is available in Finnish and Swedish.
"In his autobiography, Björn Weckström talks about the origins of his works and how they were received as well as interesting turning points in his career. As an artist, he has been a forerunner, whose works have often been ahead of their time. Probably the most familiar to the general public are golden Lapponia jewels and the silver necklage Planetoid Valleys of Princess Leia in Star Wars. Completely another size is represented by large sizes bronze sculptures depicting man, many of whom were inspired by ancient myths in his Italian studio.”
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Kiitos näyttelystä - upeita teoksia.VastaaPoista
Weckström found his own, totally new style which is closer to sculpture than traditional goldsmithing.
Weckströmin ura on ollut huikea ja hän on tehnyt Suomea tunnetuksi maailmalla.Poista
Interesting series of art work here. I've never seen anything quite like these!VastaaPoista
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/11/autumn-beaty-remembered.html
From jewellery to impressive sculptures, very original.Poista
Creative and interesting. The Thinker is my favourite.VastaaPoista
It describes well the multitude of thoughts & stuff in our brains.Poista
The first time I read the name on your site when you showed Planetoid Valleys. This alone was great and what you now showed us can inspire me. This exhibition would also be something for me. Really great objects, whether of glass, jewelry or metal. I would love to visit it too. Thanks for sharing with us.VastaaPoista
Wishing you a beautiful day and sending greetings over to you.
Well, Weckström is a genious and has made good PR for Finland all his life. He has a home somewhere in Italy, too. And I think that these big sculptures have been made there.Poista
Oli kyllä monipuolinen näyttely ja samoin kuin sinua, minuakin hieman pelottivat nuo pronssiset patsaat.VastaaPoista
Onhan ne upeita ja originelleja, mutta eivät herättäneet silti ihastumisen tunnetta.Poista
Riitta - it has been a long time since I visited your blog - joining you from Wandering Camera. This is an amazing exhibit. I like The Thinker!VastaaPoista
These shiny big statues were really dramatic. Thank you for visiting Angie.Poista
La exposición se ve interesante. Besos.VastaaPoista
Very new to me, and I didn't know that the necklace from Star Wars was designed by him. Fascinating exhibition!VastaaPoista
Thank you so much for linking up on Wandering Camera!
On ne komeita! Näyttää olevan tammikuun loppuun tuo näyttely. Pitäisiköhän yrittää pinnistää Hesan reissua ennen sitä. Tosin näillä koronalukemilla... Voi jäädä haaveeksi.VastaaPoista