Research Fellow Kjell Rylander’s National Fellowship Exhibition

What’s the value of an insignificant cup? Why bother with trivialities? Research Fellow Kjell Rylander investigates the everyday reality of ceramics and discovers more than realism and triviality.

Kjell Rylander has, since 2009, been associated with the research project "Kunstnerisk verdiskaping. Et prosjekt om søppel og readymades, kunst og keramikk (K-verdi)"  (translates: Creating artistic value. A project on rubbish and readymades, art and ceramics (K-verdi)).

About k-verdi
K-verdi is a joint project between Bergen National Academy of the Arts and  Art Museums of Bergen, funded by The Research Council of Norway (Norges forskningsråd). This is the first time the Research Council has chosen to support a fellowship project for the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme.

K-verdi investigates ceramic appropriation. Kjell Rylander is a Scandinavian pioneer in this field. His ceramic raw materials consist of  cups and plates rather than clay. His research investigates possible social and artistic values of trivial and insignificant everyday objects.

The exhibition title, Kontentum, is borrowed from the film industry. The term refers to the natural background sound on location. The use of ceramic objects creates background noise; you can hear rattling, scratching, slurping and shattering, or the humming sound of voices.  According to Rylander this points to the objects' social dimension or atmosphere which follows them during the transformation from everyday objects to pieces of art.  Kontentum  also works as a metaphor for  something anonymous, all the things we are surrounded by but don't notice.

In this exhibition the objects are deconstructed and reconstructed, collected and categorized - and displayed in a way that plays with the concept of an archive or a museum storage. The research process is the focus for content as well as form. Kjell Rylander insists that the artist's particular experience and reflection is the essence of artistic research, and the exhibition describes the intellectual process visually rather than verbally.

According to Norwegian regulations, artistic research equals scientific research. But what does artistic research mean, and how should this research be presented? Some of these questions will be answered at Kjell Rylander's exhibition "Kontentumat" at Bergen National Academy of the Art's showroom Rom 8, Friday 21 October 2011.

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About the artist
Kjell Rylander was born in 1964. After having worked in construction for ten years he studied ceramics and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack in Stockholm in 2001. He has participated in a number of international exhibitions, and during his Fellowship been commissioned by Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum (Bergen) and Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (Trondheim).

Rylander was recently awarded the Villeroy & Boch Gustavsberg AB Ceramic Award 2011.


About the Fellowship Programme
The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme is parallel to scientific PhD programmes. The programme aims to produce artistic research at the highest level and awards competence as Associate Professor.


Kjell Rylander is also represented at the exhibitionTing Tang Trash. Upcycling in contemporary ceramicsat Permanenten, Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum until 8 January 2012.

Kjell Rylander: Kontentum
Venue: Rom 8, Vaskerelven no. 8, Bergen

Official inauguration Friday 21 October 2011 at 6.00-8.00 p.m. at Rom 8, Vaskerelven 8

The exhibition is open from 22 October 2011 from 3.00-6.00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
26, 27, 28 October open between 3.00-9.00 p.m.

Press previews by request.

Published: 10/13/2011 by Peter Klasson Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin