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Art review: the Frozen forms of ecstasy

To call the Charlotte Birnbaums bordsskulpturer for recycling feels wrong. Anyway is the ”Plateaux – the table's prima donnas” that is just it. A kind of three

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Art review: the Frozen forms of ecstasy

To call the Charlotte Birnbaums bordsskulpturer for recycling feels wrong. Anyway is the ”Plateaux – the table's prima donnas” that is just it. A kind of three-dimensional collage of resplendent details in porcelain, glass, metal animal figures, beads, small plates, washers, shells. Halvmeterhöga graceful towers of several floors.

Charlotte Birnbaum is best known as the matkännare and author. She has written several books on such diverse culinary topics as organ meats and sockerkonst, and also of interest to historic table settings and table decorations. In addition, she is a collector of odd objects.

the dining room at the Hallwyl museum crowd now close to thirty sculptures, some additional are placed around the room. But why? What are we actually seeing? Extravagant serving dishes? Tittgodis? According to the Charlotte Birnbaum himself is her bordsprimadonnor a tribute to the people of the book sockerbagare and to the bordskulptur that developed in the hovkretsar during the baroque period nearly 400 years ago.

In the small exhibition catalogue (with images of Dawid) she calls their work ”bordsuppsatser for our time”. Aris Fioretos, who also contributed text, see them, among others, as vertical children, students where high mixed with low and associates nicely to a kakorgie in childhood. ”Call them frozen forms of ecstasy,” he writes.

fascinated as well as thinking over the border between kitsch and fine art. Over how worthless knick-knacks can be sublimated to a new, unique stories. Of Charlotte Birnbaums skill to see the potential in things she stumble across at garage sales, attics or in presentshopar and museibutiker. And that I so would like to set the table with one of these ”conversation pieces” at the next dinner party.

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