National Museum of Decorative Arts (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum)

National Museum of Decorative Arts Collection

With a rich collection of 18th century silver, Japanese handicrafts and modern handicrafts and design, varying exhibitions and the unique permanent exhibition. The historical collection includes furniture, silver, glass and textile design from the 16th century up until today. Treasures from all over Europe can be viewed here.

Three women and three artists (TRE KVINNER - TRE KUNSTNERE):

These three women have all been pioneers in Norwegian art. Their contribution is recognised by utilising the whole of the second floor to show their work.

In May 1998, the museum opened its permanent exhibition of three of Norway´s leading female artists from the twentieth century, glass designer Benny Motzfeldt, and textile artists Hannah Ryggen and Synnøve Anker Aurdal.

Thirteen of Hannah Ryggen´s tapestries have been on permanent exhibition in the museum since 1968. She revived tapestry weaving by filling her works with an intense human, social and political content. She was inspired both by literature and everyday life. In the political tapestries she deals with oppression and her fight against the abuse of power. Along with other important contemporaries from the art world, Hannah Ryggen is today part of the Norwegian national school curriculum.

With help from the Norwegian Arts Council the museum was able to buy twenty of Synnøve Anker Aurdal´s tapestries. Aurdal transformed traditional Norwegian tapestry by using a modernistic form of expression and new, unorthodox materials. She freed herself from the traditional rectangular format and broke the "wool barrier" by including nylon, hemp and copper in her work.

Just before her death Benny Motzfeldt donated her entire glass collection to the museum. She introduced new and original decorative elements into her work. Wire cloth, glass fibre and soda were added to the frit, which give the decorations a graphic characteristic. The collection consists of both unique objects and glassware designed for mass production.

The Belgium architect, Henri van de Velde, designed this interior especially for the museum in 1907. This is a high point of the many good examples of art nouveau in this museum.

Today, this room is one of the few authentic Scandinavian Design interiors still surviving. Finn Juhls, the Danish architect, played a major role during this trend setting period and designed this office interior for the museum in 1952.

Austrått Manor

Opening hours
1st June - 20th August: Mon.-Sat. 10.00-17.00, Sun. 12.00-17.00
21th August - 31th May: Tues.-Sat. 10.00-15.00, Thurs. 10.00-17.00, Sun. 12.00-16.00
Closed Monday
Café open 20.06–31.07
Price: 60,- (a), 40,- (g), 30,- (c)
Guide: N
Signpost: N, GB, D
Situated: 100 km from Trondheim

Address and Contact:
Munkegaten 3-7 N-7013 Trondheim
Tel: 73 80 89 50
Fax: 73 80 89 51
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