The exhibition "Rotasjon" (Rotation) at Valdres Folk Museum in Fagernes, Norway, comprises an extensive collection of essential Norwegian heritage pieces, showcasing beautiful national costumes (“bunad”) and folk costumes dating 150 years back, local handicraft traditions and more.
Snøhetta developed the interior and graphic design concepts to create the best possible framework for the exhibition, minimizing the effect of space constraints and ensuring focus on the exhibition’s narrative and visitor experience.
“Rotation” comprises three separate exhibitions: A temporary exhibition and two permanent ones. The permanent exhibitions are an exhibition of costumes and objects from the Norwegian Institute of Bunad and Folk Costume, and an exhibition of objects from Valdres Folk Museum's collections.
The final selection of exhibited costumes and objects and developing the exhibition design was done in close collaboration with the knowledgeable expert teams at the institute, and the lighting design was created together with lighting consultants to ensure minimal impact of visible lighting fixtures in the showcases.
Leading ladies as centrepiece
The first exhibition displays the beautiful national costumes (“bunad”) and folk costumes dating 150 years back. This exhibition focuses on the work of 10 women through history who have all been important for the development of the bunad tradition in Norway which in recent years has exploded in popularity.
Among these women is HRH Queen Sonja of Norway, who has lent out one of her costumes to this exhibition. The permanent object collection on show has a rich variety of handcrafted furniture, instruments, tools, clothing, textiles and jewelry, most of these artefacts with origin in Valdres.