exhibition has been open since August 26 in Tranås Town Hall. It
is not often that we have a first rate international exhibition in our
town. Therefore it has been a pleasure to welcome so many foreign visitors.
We are pleased to announce that during next year’s Konstraka we
will most probably have a large exhibition commemorating Herman Norman’s
works. Planning for a successful exhibition next year is already being
undertaken by the cultural chief Lasse Dahlstrand.
On Sunday September
11th Marcia Coleman came to the Town Hall to collect the beautiful exhibits
after the exhibition closed, which had been seen by more than 3000 visitors.
The newspaper Tranås-Posten then had a long conversation with her.
The exhibition was insured for two million Swedish Crowns.
Marcia, who lived with her mother and her brother in Jakarta, remembered
her summer months in Romanö, especially the summer 1971 when Vivianna
was hospitalised. Marcia stayed more than two months at beautiful Romanö.
Marcia has long since lived in Copenhagen and is now working with her
mother’s cultural inheritance, investigating and planning for future
big exhibitions. In December 2002, due to her illness, Vivianna moved
from Indonesia to live with her daughter Marcia. She died in the summer
inspiration within SUBUD
In 1965 Vivianna was divorced from her husband, Walter Coleman. It was
during this time she became involved with the Brotherhood SUBUD. Her international
career became successful when she won the Lunning award in 1967. Simultaneously
she started her collaboration with the silversmith Georg Jensen. Thereafter
followed a train of successes.
Also in 1967 she took the SUBUD name Vivianna and moved to Wolfsburg in
Germany, which had a large congregation of the spiritual movement. The
name Torun was already an established trade mark and being used in commercial
work etc. This was a creative period when she also worked together with
a group of artists from the nearby castle of Wendhausen.
The spiritual bearing of SUBUD is to relax and, without any form of concentration,
receive a sort of vital force a couple of times a week. Or as Vivianna
described it, “a fine vibration added to a supply of guidance from
your own inert quality”.
inwards spiral movement
Being a technical person, I cannot refrain from the following connection;
beyond the endless möbius strip (twisted cylinder) Vivianna wanted
to show, in much of her jewellery, how everything in the universe is dancing
in whirls. This is demonstrated in the new physics as String Theory. The
inwardly spiralling movements are manifest in much of her beautiful silverwork.
These cycloid outer space movements are characteristic of the whole universe.
The Austrian forester Victor Scauberger had already begun, during the
1930s, a trial test to transfer this universal power in practical innovation.
Among other things he designed the so called Forell turbine and he was
also successful as a log-floater from the inaccessible forests in the
Alps with assistance of these forces. If you are interested, you can read
the Swedish book “Det levande vattnet” by Olof Aleksandersson.
on The Swedish Embassy in Jakarta
During 1978 Vivianna moved to Cilandak, situated in the southern part
of Jakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia. Here she started a silversmith
workshop where even young talented and creative Indonesians were employed.
Some 25% of the profit was used to help the Brotherhood’s social
outreach programme. Later on she moved her activities to the small beautiful
lake called Pamulang
During her years in Indonesia, Vivianna created many new objects. She
even designed a number of jewellery series in silver and also in gold
from the deposits in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. Her career
as a word-famous silversmith came to fulfilment during this time resulting
in a lot of international exhibitions, many of them in the capitals of
the Far East.
Vivianna was always happy to meet someone from Tranås. The oldest
brother of Sven “Klyvarn” Gunnar Jonsson was, during the 1980s,
the local manager for ASEA Indonesia in Jakarta. He was then invited by
the Swedish Embassy to view her exhibition at the embassy. They discussed
memories of Tranås and Lake Sommen, particularly the area around
her beloved Romanö.
The year 1980 I met
Vivianna for the first time in Stockholm when she visited her SUBUD friends
in Sweden. We discovered that we both had connections with Tranås
and Lake Sommen. Her many pleasant summers at Romanö were always
in her memory. It was like a foundation of her being. Now she is dead
and buried in the cemetery of Blåvik, not far from her beloved Romanö.
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