Foto: Peter Hoelstad

Rosa Taikon – Art and struggle

“The double-twisted silver threads run together to form closed shapes, then open up again and make their way past each other, creating a soft arc. They leave room for the small round silver beads, which shine like dewdrops on the raised form.”

Silversmithing is a physical and time-consuming craft. Rosa Taikon held the tiny silver beads with 30-40 kilos of pressure between her hands as she soldered – for more than fifty years. She became one of Sweden’s most technically skilled silversmiths. With her experimental approach and bold artistic designs, she invigorated both a Romani crafting tradition and modern craftsmanship in Sweden.

In this exhibition, you meet a story in which art and struggle are inseparable. Rosa not only became one of Sweden’s leading silversmiths; together with her sister Katarina she also became one of the most prominent social debaters of her generation. The sisters’ tireless advocacy work was of great importance to the group we today refer to as Roma – a national minority with legal rights.

Rosa Taikon worked in Flor, outside Ytterhogdal in Hälsingland, Sweden, for almost five decades. When she died in 2017, the studio was donated to the Hälsingland Museum. This donation has laid the foundation for a new permanent exhibition that opened at Hälsinglands Museum in 2021.

 

Our calendar provides information about the dates of guided tours of the exhibition.

Information about guided tours for booked groups is available here and we also have a page for educational material and guidance.

 

Information about Rosa Taikon’s collection is available here:

Rosa Taikon’s collection