Wanja Djanaieff and Her Twenty-Two Favourite Colours
Curated by Cecilia Wallman and Wanja Djanaieff
This year’s big exhibition is finally opening at Marabouparken konsthall, a retrospective with Wanja Djanaieff, one of Sweden’s most influential textile designers.
Wanja Djanaieff has been Head of Design at NK Design Group, Strömma and Almedahls. Her work became known to a wider audience when she designed the clothes for the Swedish Olympic troupes in Munich in 1972. She has also worked as scenographer, costume designer and professor.
The exhibition presents sketches, clothes and the iconic patterns that came to represent the style of an entire era. During the exhibition period there is also a screening of the newly produced Filmen om Wanja by son and documentary filmmaker Niklas Djanaieff.
Apart from her contribution to design, Wanja Djanaieff has been committed to a sustainable development in the textile industry and has researched the usage of flax and handicraft techniques. It is a commitment that has contributed to the renewal of Hemslöjden [The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies], inspired collective creation and led to increased knowledge of the importance of our cultural heritage for contemporary design.
The exhibition gives an insight into the development of Swedish design in the 1960s and 1970s whilst also being a personal story of an unusually diverse artistry.
Exhibition photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger