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“In a slow manner” – Collective Exhibition at the Maison du Danemark

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After a year and a half of renovation work, the Maison du Danemark, on the Champs-Élysées, reopens its doors on 3 february 2021 with an ambitious collective exhibition showcasing textile art under the direction of Danish curator Henriette Noermark and created in partnership with textile manufacturer Kvadrat as well as Galerie Maria Wettergren, Last Resort Gallery and Nils Stærk. The alchemist of colour Margrethe Odgaard, painter Tove Storch, and interior decorator Grethe Sørensen are among the ten artists who, with sensuality, vibrancy, and tactile delight, launch the reopening of the exhibition space of the Maison du Danemark.

The exhibition In a Slow Manner, whose title is an ode to the 1941 essay by interior decorator Anni Albers‘Handweaving Today’, awakens the visitor’s senses in an experimental manner through the discovery of textile artworks whose very essence stems from their texture and materials. Emerging or renowned Danish sculptors and artists, as well as two French artists are participating in this exhibition of textile art that aims to present a handful of the best representatives of the current scene.

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Sculptures in two and three dimensions, wall tapestries, or sound and lighting creations: the artists occupy a vast field in terms of generations, intentions, and iterations, like the installation made of fibre optics and paper yarn by Astrid Krogh, the large works in velvet by Vibeke Rohland in which colour is expressed in quadrilaterals, or the delicate silk installations of Tove Storch, which physically express complex ideas about form, time, and space.

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French artist Valérie Collart (who lives in Denmark) invites us to an encounter with materials; her sensual photographs and sculptures in porcelain confer a graceful vulnerability to textiles[n1] .

Parisian Justin Morin presents How To Drape The Surface of Saturn, an emblematic work from his project of draped sculptures using printed silk panels.

Recent graduate Sofie Genz is no less resistant to any kind of compromise as to the quality of the textiles that she weaves and her colour palette, which draws on the potential of shades from intermediary fields. Anne Fabricius Møller and Ditte Hammerstrøm present artworks whose essence resides in folding and nuances of colours, ranging from rolls of fabric in Plexiglas frames to a chaise longue furnished with shimmering grey velvet.

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In his systematic, theoretical, and poetic canvases, artist Josef Albers, from the Bauhaus, worked on three kinds of colour inspired by hair: russet, blonde, and brown. It is a set of colours that designer Margrethe Odgaard uses poetically. She compares the colours to the crest of waves just as Albers compared them to straw: ‘There are as many colours as there are crests of waves.’ Within the framework of the exhibition In A Slow Manner, she notably presents her work With Some Defined Measure, which transforms the shades often connected to emotions into a rational, classifiable language and wonders whether it’s about time colours were taken even more seriously.

This unique exhibition also marks the reopening of the cultural space of the Maison du Danemark. The prestigious Danish architecture agency COBE redefined the space, while a new visual identity was created with the Urgent Agency. This renaissance was revealed to the first visitors in February 2021.

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IN A SLOW MANNER 

Textile Art – Collective Exhibition at the Maison du Danemark

Practical Information

EXHIBITION

3 february – 28 March 2021

12 – 6 pm daily, except Mondays

Free admission

EXHIBITION OPENING

2 february, at 7 pm

Maison du Danemark

142 avenue des Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris

mdd@maisondudanemark.dk

www.maisondudanemark.dk

Tel.: 01 56 59 17 40

Artists: Margrethe Odgaard, Tove Storch, Justin Morin, Astrid Krogh, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Grethe Sørensen, Vibeke Rohland, Anne Fabricius Møller, Sofie Genz, Valérie Collart

Curator: Henriette Noermark. Exhibition curator and independent editor based in Copenhagen, Henriette Noermark takes a transdisciplinary approach to the fields of art, design, and craft. She has organised exhibitions at the Patrick Parrish Gallery and at the Spring / Break Art Show in New York, the Chart Art Fair at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, with Mark Kenley Domino Tan, at A. Petersen Collection & Crafts, Les Gens Heureux in Copenhagen, and the Heartland Festival. As an editor, she has worked on several publications and exhibition catalogues and contributes to Danish and international art and design magazines. 

Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s design tradition. Kvadrat continuously works to expand the aesthetic, technological, and artistic boundaries of the use of textiles through a long series of collaborations with some of the world’s best designers, architects, and artists, including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Doshi Levien, Akira Minagawa, Vincent van Duysen and Peter Saville.

The Public Relations Department of the Danish Embassy is available for any additional requests for information and high-definition visuals, please contact Sarah Chevalier sarche@um.dk // 01 44 31 21 78 or Anthony van den Bossche – Duende PR // avdb@duendepr.com 06 19 016 17 62

 

Photographic credits:

1/ Ditte Hammerstroem

2/ Sofie Genz

3/ Astrid Krogh

4/ Tove Storch

5/ Anne Fabricius Møller