In 1926, a group of Finnish artists made the decision to turn their own lives into an art form. In an undoubtedly Dadaist spirit, they embarked on a never-ending journey which took them to the major cities of Europe and Africa.
The only condition for taking part in this journey was to only carry that part of one’s life and work that could fit into a handbag.
Only the bare minimum, the truly essential things. What was most cherished.
For the occasion, the sculptor Håvard Henten produced a simple design. He devised a leather bag in which he could keep his notebook of imaginary maps, a pen, a deck of cards, the portrait of a woman, a red shirt, and several dozen of the famous micro sculptures which he used to make, and which he would gradually abandon throughout the trip.
His artitistic work, scattered around differents parts of the world, did not make history.
What did, however, was the design of his bag. The Henten Bag.