Nouvelle Vague presents a selection of Scandinavian milestone works that have contributed to redefining the international art & design scene over the past twenty years with interdisciplinary works that combine high technology and craftsmanship in the fields of textile art, sculpture, furniture and lighting. The exhibition will centre around the organic and geometrics forms, and draw attention to pioneering women artists, especially in the field of textile art. Among the artists exhibited are Astrid Krogh, Louise Campbell, Ilkka Suppanen, Hanne Friis, Gjertrud Hals, Mathias Bengtsson, Cecilie Bendixen, Rasmus Fenhann and Tora Urup, just to mention a few. The interdisciplinary research into possible expressions related to material and technique seems to echo the Bauhaus school and the thinking of Walter Gropius: Architects, painters, sculptors, we must all return to crafts! For there is no such thing as “professional art”.

The exhibition begins chronologically with Slice Chair, an iconic work from 1999 by Mathias Bengtsson and a technological and sculptural feat, achieved by gluing hundreds of laser-cut slices of maple resulting in a very organic expression, through to the light sculpture Porcupine, designed by Ilkka Suppanen in 2006, a pioneering work in 3D printing, concluding in 2019/2020 with the Multicolored Syncopes by Lotte Westphael, “woven” into thin porcelain strips, inspired by the textile art of Anni Albers.

The title of the exhibition, Nouvelle Vague (New Wave), is both a reference to the avant-garde dimension of this new Nordic school and a nod to its organic inspirations. Indeed, the inspiration of nature and its organic forms seems to be omnipresent, especially in the field of textile art, as shown in the jacquard tapestry, Jels (a lake in Denmark) by Grethe Soerensen with its undulating waves, digitally conceived by the artist thanks to her discovery of the possibility of translating pixels into threads on a loom. Astrid  Krogh’s outstanding  work IKAT (2011), woven  in  fiber  optics, interprets the ikat tradition of using light as an imaginary dye, creating its own patterns that slowly change at an organic pace.

On another aesthetic register, subtly situated between mineral and corporal, the draped textile sculpture Column (2019) by Norwegian artist Hanne Friis emerges like a piece of floating organic architecture, while Ditte Hammerstroem, who was noticed as early as 2005 for her openly feminine style, will be given a place of honour for the highly sculptural daybed, Low Mohair (2015), made from 203 pebble-like mohair balls.

Danish artist Cecilie Bendixen, an architect by training, explores the interaction between sound waves and the sound-absorbing ability of textiles, allowing her research to determine the form and material, as in her works Draped Nimbostratus and Sun Disc. By “weaving” on a circular wooden frame with a polyester thread, Bendixen explores the infinite geometric possibilities of intersecting threads. And while the Swedish duo Katarina & Katarina from the Brieditis & Evans studio plunge us into a soft snowy landscape in their Off Pist tapestry, made of recycled T-shirts, another artist duo, Benandsebastian, present their cultivation of dust through their work Completely Dusty, a stool made of walnut, leather, wax and dust, designed to collect as much dust as possible – a critical and humorous response to the dictates of purity and minimalism in Scandinavian design.

Other artists of the Northern School,  such as Rasmus Fenhann, Line Depping, Eske Rex, Jakob Joergensen, Boris Berlin, Mikko Paakkanen and Akiko Kuwahata explore and sublimate wood with extraordinary hand-crafted pieces.  The exhibition will also showcase solid glass sculptures by Tora Urup, as well as a stone powder work by Carl Emil Jacobsen.

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  • Nouvelle Vague presents a selection of Scandinavian milestone works that have contributed to redefining the international art & design scene over the past twenty years with interdisciplinary works that combine high technology and craftsmanship in the fields of textile art, sculpture, furniture and lighting. The exhibition will centre around the organic and geometrics forms, and […]