Aukusti Tuhka (1895-1973), Aurora borealis, 1917, woodcut

Nordic by Nature: modern design and prints

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Tour schedule

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield 
4 May – 28 July 2019

Old Gala House, Galashiels 
5 August – 31 October 2019

Thurso Art Gallery, Thurso 
16 November 2019 – 1 February 2020

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar 
15 February – 20 September 2020

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Artists and designers have long been inspired by the varied and dramatic landscapes of Nordic countries.

This new British Museum touring exhibition will explore how nature and landscape is at the heart of Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian art and design.

Natural spectacles, from the bewitching aurora borealis to the white nights of the frozen north, as well as local materials such as birch wood, have contributed to a distinctly Nordic aesthetic. Using the British Museum's collection, Nordic by Nature: modern design and prints looks at how Nordic artists and designers created distinctive objects and imagery rooted in the culture, traditions and industries of those nations.

The exhibition brings together an eclectic range of pieces, including Swedish prints and glass works alongside experimental and minimalist works from Denmark, including Erik Magnussen's (1940–2014) revolutionary table wares of the 1960s. Exhibition highlights include pioneering pieces by one of the leading figures in Finnish design, glassmaker Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) and Finnish basket maker, Markku Kosonen (1945–2010).

With the support of the Dorset Foundation, the exhibition will travel to four UK venues from May 2019 until September 2020.