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ASTRID KROGH
Born in 1968, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

After graduating in 1997 from the textile faculty at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Astrid Krogh established her own studio the following year, where she started using optical fibers to create woven textiles, thereby weaving with light itself. As colored light is transmitted through the fibers, the textiles change appearance and transform the spaces around them. Krogh’s point of departure from conventional textile design was not merely her fascination for light, but also her attraction to shape-morphing objects and shifting colorways. « I use light as both a material and a technology », Krogh explains. « The presence of light is an essential component of my work. Light enables my textiles to pulsate, change patterns and create an entire spectrum of ever-changing colorways ».

Few artists speak this refined language as fluently as Astrid Krogh, who uses light to describe aspects of nature that words simply cannot. The lingua franca in Krogh’s world describes the feelings evoked by the beauty of the dawn, and the emotions stirred when the sunset streaks extraordinary colors across the sky. Her vocabulary is nuanced by sensory experiences, which are articulated through a lexicon of color and light. Krogh’s vernacular encompasses the ripples that cause sunlight to sparkle on the surface of a lake, and the surging, blue tinted waves that change color as they break on the shore.

Widely recognized as one of the most pioneering Scandinavian artists in the field of light installations and textile art, Krogh is working at the intersection between art, architecture and design. Krogh’s works have been exhibited in various international institutions, such as the Boston Fine Art Museum; Le Musée Eugène Delacroix, Paris; Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Belgium; Malmö Kunstmuseum, Sweden; the Tefaf Maastricht Fair, Holland and Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland. Krogh’s works are included in important museum collections, such as the Designmuseum Danmark and the 21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation. Krogh has been making monumental light installations and site-specific commissions for private and public collections, such as the 21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation in Cincinnati, the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen; the Longchamp Flagship store in Paris; the Danish University Center in Beijing, China, and the Maersk building in Copenhagen. Krogh’s pieces are published in important books about contemporary textiles, architecture and design, and the artist has won several prizes, including the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal, the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize, the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark, the Finn Juhl Architecture Prize and the CODA Awards.

 

EDUCATION
1992 — 1995 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Textile Department
1995 — 1997 Institute for Product Design

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2022       “COSMOS”, Le Grand Hornu, Belgium. Group exhibition
2021       “In A Slow Manner”, Maison du Danemark, Paris. Group exhibition
2021       “Radiant. Light and (e)Motion”, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris. Group exhibition
2020       “Nouvelle Vague, Scandinavian Art & Design 1999-2020”, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris. Group exhibition
2020       TEFAF Maastricht, Galerie Maria Wettergren, The Netherlands. Group exhibition
2019       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2019       PAD London, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2019       PAD Paris, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2018       The Salon Art + Design, New York, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2018       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2018       PAD Paris, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2017       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2017       Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London. Group exhibition
2016       Design Nu, Designmuseum Denmark. Group exhibition
2016       “Remembering Landscapes”. Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris. Solo exhibition
2015       Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Crafted: Objects in Flux. Group exhibition
2015       The National Bank, Denmark. Solo exhibition
2015       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2015       TEXTILE ART OF TODAY, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Group exhibition
2014       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2014       Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris/ Designers Days 2014. Group exhibition
2014       BUILDING WITH TEXTILES’ / Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL. Group exhibition
2014       PAD Paris+ London, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2013       Musée Nationale Eugène Delacroix, Paris/ “Installations Nordiques”. Group exhibition
2013       Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2013       Design Miami Basel, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2013       The Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013. Group exhibition
2013       Mindcraft, Il Saloni, Milan. Group exhibition
2012       Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London. Group exhibition
2012       “Movements”, Risør Kunstpark, Norge. Group exhibition
2012       Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2012       “Sky”. Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris. Solo exhibition
2012       Design Miami/Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren. Group exhibition
2011       Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris. Group exhibition
2011       7th Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Belgium. Group exhibition
2011       Design Miami, Galerie Maria Wettergren. Solo exhibition
2010       “Danish Contemporary Design. 1997 – 2007.” Gallery Maria Wettergren, Paris. Group exhibition
2010       Gallery NB, Viborg. Solo exhibition
2010       ‘It´s a small world’, Shanghai. Group exhibition
2010       Cosmos, Silkeborg Bad. Group exhibition
2010       Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan. Group exhibition
2009      Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan. Group exhibition
2009      “It´s a small world”, Danish Design Centre. Group exhibition
2008      Il Saloni, Milan. Group exhibition
2007      Biennalen
2007      Koldinghus. Group exhibition
2006      ‘Honey I’m Home’, Danish Design Centre. Group exhibition
2006      “Ideal House,
2006      MM Messe, Cologne. Solo exhibition
2005      “Potential volumes by light”, Malmø kunstmuseum . Solo exhibition.
2005      “The 5th Textile Art Biennale Kaunas Lithuania. Index
2005      Dansk Design Centre. Group exhibition
2005      “Konsthandverk
2005      Roda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden. Group exhibition
2005      “Danish – framing the future of design.” The Danish Center. Group exhibition
2005      “Use It”. Dansk Design Center, Tokyo. Group exhibition
2004      “STUFF”. Danish Crafts, Toronto. Group exhibition
2004      The 11.th International Triennial of Tapestry. Lodz, Poland. Group exhibition
2003      “Scandinavian Design beyond the Myth.” Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin . Group exhibition
2003      “Derfor”. Danish Craft, Paustian, Copenhagen. Group exhibition
2002      “Fremtidens tradition”, Danish Craft, Paris. Group exhibition
2002      “Tapeter’”, Det Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen. Solo exhibition
2001      “Young Nordic Design: The Generation X”. Scandinavia House, New York Washington, Mexico, Finland (Design forum), Berlin (Det Nordiske Hus)
2000      “Danish Wave”. China
2000      “Light Mail”, Trapholt Museum, Kolding

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Trapholt Museum of Contemporary Art, Kolding, Denmark
21C Museum International Contemporary Art Foundation.

 

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMISIONS

2021      “Drottning Silvias”, Nya Barn-och Ungdomssjukhus, Goteborg, Sweden
2020      “Løvfald Axeltorv”, Nakskov, Denmark
2020      “Kansla av Vatten,” Sunderby Hospital, Sweden
2018      “A Square of the Universe”, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
2018      “Goldenrod”, Albert B Chandler Hospital Lexington, USA
2017      Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen
2017      Site-specific installation for private collector & art dealer, Paris
2017      Danish University Centre, Beijing
2016     Children Hospital, Göteborg
2016     Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen
2015     Nya Karolinska Solna, Stockholm
2015     Teglverkets School, Oslo, Norway
2015     Malmø Högskola, Sweden
2015     Nykøbing Katedralskole
2015     Printemps Paris
2014     LONGCHAMP/Paris
2014     21 Museum Hotel, Durham, North Carolina, USA
2014     Sketch for Frederiksbergbyggeriet, Århus
2013     Askim Ungdomsskole, Norge
2013     Sketch, “Hospital Lillebælt”
2012     “Lightmail”, 21 C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
2012     “Morild”, Private commission, Paris
2011     “Kamelia”, Kolding, 4×4 metre Neontapestry
2011     Sketch for “Two Tunnels Project”, Bath; Great Britain
2011     Sketch for Högskolen, Oslo, Norge
2010     “Myriad”, Ceremony Room, Halden Prison, Norway
2009     “Light mobile”. Vollsmose Kulturhus,
2009     “Gigantium”, Aalborg
2008     “Flower of life”, Sittard Hospital
2007     “Light fall”, NRGI Aarhus (SHL architects)“Flora’”. Kolding Commune. Denmark
2007     “Coral’”. Birkerød Aktivitetscenter. Denmark
2006     “Snow flakes”, Bergen, Norway
2006     Facade, 8 x 100 metre, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter. Denmark
2006     Sketch for Mr. S. Gabbana, Portofino, summer residence
2005     Glass facades, Frederiksberg Slots Ridehus. Denmark
2005     Grønnegades Kulturcenter, Næstved , Denmark
2003     “Polytics”, The Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, Denmark
2003     “Ornament’”. The National Art Foundation.
2002     Glass facade. Reception, DSB, Sølvgade; Copenhagen
2001     DSB, Sølvgade, Copenhagen carpet
2001     Mærsk Data A/S, Vibenhus Runddel, Copenhagen
2000     Design for Velux A/S, Denmark
1999     The Royal Library, Diamanten, Copenhagen.

PRIZES

2016     CODA Awards
2016     Finn Juhl prize
2015     The Annual Honorary grant of the National Bank
2013     Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Fonds hæderspris
2012     Knud V Engelhardts Mindelegat
2012     Statens Kunstfond (+ 2006, 2009, 2011)
2012     Augustinus Fonden (+ 2000)
2011     Danish Crafts
2010     Thomas B. Thriges Fond, Augustinus Fonden, Grosserer L.F. Foghts (+ 2000)
2009     Danish Crafts
2008     Thorvald Bindesbøll Medaljen
2007     Rejselegat, Kulturministeriets designpulje NON NOBIS FONDEN
2007     Danish Crafts
2006     Politikenfonden Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk Gammel Dok Pakhus, Copenhagen (+ 1999, 2000, 2001,2003)
2004     Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 (+ 2002)
2003     Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond
2002     Statens Kunstfond´s 3-årige arbejdslegat
2001     Martha og Paul René Gauguins Fond

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