Forces – Dyrdal Kvasbø Tingleff.
/12.10.2019 – 26.01.2020.
Experience the works of three artists who are among the most respected in the field of Norwegian crafts. The textile artist Kari Dyrdal (b. 1952) and the ceramic artists Torbjørn Kvasbø (b. 1953) and Marit Tingleff (b. 1954) have through decades gained an international reputation. They have never exhibited together before, so this is a unique opportunity to experience their works assembled in one exhibition for the first time.
They all studied at Bergen School of Arts and Crafts (Bergen kunsthåndverkskole) in the mid-1970s. This was a time when great changes occurred in the field of Norwegian crafts, shifting the emphasis from function and form to exploring the possibilities of materials and pursuing an artistic ideal marked by great freedom.
All three artists have played key roles in this development. Dyrdal, Kvasbø and Tingleff have developed each their own work methods and technological approaches. They share a similar will and ability to experiment and test the limitations of their materials. All three work in large formats that are at the boundary of what is physically possible.
The exhibition Forces is a collaboration with KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Musée national de céramique de Sèvres, France, and Norwegian Crafts. It is curated by ceramic artist/curator Heidi Bjørgan, curator Frank Falch, SKMU, and senior curator Anne Britt Ylvisåker, KODE. The selection is based on the exhibition Forces de la nature – 3 artistes norvégiens (Forces of Nature – Three Norwegian Artists) at the Musée national de céramique de Sèvres (26. September 2018–1. April 2019), curated by the department director Christine Germain-Donnat and the then-department leader Frédéric Bodet.
The exhibition at SKMU is divided between the museum’s ground floor gallery and the second floor.
11 Nordic Artists from the Tangen Collection.
/ 22.06.19 -10.11. 2019.
«But art isn’t money. Art is art. A print for 500 kroner can give me as much pleasure as a painting for three million”, said the finance man and art collector Nicolai Tangen to the newspaper Fædrelandsvennen (Feb. 2018). This summer at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, you can experience a selection of works by 11 important artists from the Tangen Collection.
The art collector from Kristiansand, who also has a master’s degree in art history, has spent the last 25 years building today’s leading collection of Norwegian and Nordic modernist art from 1930 to 1980. This collection is being transferred to the art foundation, AKO Kunststiftelse, founded by Tangen’s UK charity, the AKO Foundation, and a contract-agreement for collaboration with AKO Kunststiftelse has given Sørlandets Kunstmuseum the permanent right to make use of the collection, for the enjoyment of the city of Kristiansand and everyone in the region. The Tangen Collection will form the core of the magnificent Kunstsilo (Art Silo) now being planned in Kristiansand’s harbour area, next to Kilden theatre and concert house.
The 11 artists represented in the exhibition convey the Tangen Collection’s formal and thematic diversity. It now contains about 2,700 works and is still growing. We’ve chosen to devote one room to each artist. This exhibition concept reflects Tangen’s own approach: he focuses on each individual’s artist’s practice and production as a whole. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, prints and photographs and shows the breadth of the period, from socially involved art to pure abstraction. For Tangen, another deliberate strategy has been that at the same time as he collects works by internationally-known artists, he also acquires works by lesser-known Nordic artists who are now gaining attention both at home and abroad.