Magnificent symbols of power
The exhibition showcases a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewellery to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.
The exhibition is framed by the notion that power structures are reflected historically in both jewellery design and architecture. Thus, in a contemporary museum context, exemplary jewellery holds the capacity to illustrate and convey the story of varying power relations, body and gender perceptions and stylistic expressions of power in a fascinating and eye-opening way.
Across the variations in fashion over the centuries, jewellery has always had a close relationship to the human body where it is worn for others to see. Apart from holding significant economic and emotional value, jewellery is also embedded in a historical iconography and act as a significant marker of status and personal identity.
Insignia are a manifestation of the changes in power structures and society throughout the 750-year period covered by the exhibition. Hence, they represent an important and highly relevant category of exhibits well suited to illustrate the shifts and changes in power structures across the historical sections of the exhibition.
The exhibition marks the 750th anniversary of Koldinghus.