”Look at the rugs – find me”
Märta Måås-Fjetterström at the Royal Palace
HM The King has taken the initiative for the exhibition “Look at the rugs – find me” to mark one hundred years since the artist Märta Måås-Fjetterström opened her workshop in Båstad. The exhibition will be held in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace in Stockholm between 13 October 2019 and 19 April 2020.
As a child, The King often visited his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf at Ulriksdal Palace and Sofiero Palace in Skåne. Here, the private rooms were home to a number of rugs purchased from Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s workshop in Båstad. These rugs are now owned by The King, and they grace the floors of Drottningholm Palace and Solliden. Several of these privatelyowned rugs will now be displayed for the first time in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace in
Stockholm. Together with many pieces on loan from private individuals and institutions, they will make up a magnificent exhibition where the classic Baroque architecture of the Hall of State meets Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s 20th century woven art. The focus is on pieces designed by Måås-Fjetterström herself up until her death in 1941.
Märta Måås-Fjetterström was a pioneer and an innovator. She was inspired by the rich
history of textiles, but she always looked to the future and her creativity was not constrained by traditions, conventions or national borders. Måås-Fjetterström is part of the history of design, but has not been consigned to the history books. What was seen as modern and original a century ago remains fashionable today. Måås-Fjetterström’s work is currently enjoying a well-deserved renaissance and renewed artistic success, adorning new floors around the world.
The title of the exhibition is taken from Märta Måås-Fjetterström’s own words. When asked
to describe her artistry, she said: “Look at the rugs – find me”. It was her rugs that spoke so
expressively about who she was, and that showcased her skill with both colour and design.
THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN THE HALL OF STATE AT THE ROYAL PALACE
BETWEEN 13 OCTOBER 2019 AND 19 APRIL 2020
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