In the night, artificial lights from neon signs, traffic lights, shops and advertising signs start to trace their own magic patterns and forms. By inventing in 2005 a technique making it possible for the first time in history to translate photographic pixels into threads, Grethe Sørensen has innovated the field of textile art with her video-generated large scale Jacquard weavings. By combining new high-tech methods with 40 years of experience with hand- woven textiles, Sørensen proves the undeniable fact that new tools create new possibilities of expression.

While generated from photos, theses tapestries are yet very different in texture and feeling, creating by their silence and slowness an appealing contrast to the busy subject matter of the pulsating urban city lights. Video recordings from Shanghai, New York and Copenhagen form the basis of these unique wall tapestries, where the unfocused camera transforms the realism of the traffic lights into soft patterns of multi-colored, half-transparent light surfaces – visions of urban dream landscapes. The artist manufactured these wall tapestries at the Tilburg Textile Museum between 2010 and 2013.

  • 2011
Wall tapestry 
Cotton thread, Jacquard weaving 
283 x 162 cm 
Unique piece made by the artist at the Tilburg Textile Museum in Holland

    City Light 9
    Wall tapestry
    Cotton thread, Jacquard weaving
    283 x 162 cm
    Unique piece made by the artist at the Tilburg Textile Museum in Holland

  • soerensen LD

    Born in Viborg, Denmark, in 1947 Grethe Sørensen is considered as an important pioneer in the field of contemporary textile art, and her works are part of important private and public collections.

    Here is a small selection of collections and exhibitions where her works have been exhibited: Museum for Applied Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (4th Nordic Textile Triennial); Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; Lane Municipal Gallery, Erfurt, Germany (Configura, Art in Europa); Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel (Critical Utopia: Mishan le’ Omanut); Nagoya, Japan (In Our Hands); Tournai, Belgium (International Textile Triennial); Museum of Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (FIO II Brazil); North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (A Scandinavian Sensibility); Maison de la Culture d’Arlon, Luxembourg; (Nordic Textile Triennials); South Jutland Museum of Art, Tønder, Denmark; Institute for Industrial Design, Warsaw, Poland; Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Ghent, Belgium; Kyoto, Japan (5th and 6th International Textile Competition); Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (From Lausanne to Beijing, International Fiber Art Biennial).



    Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York / Textilmuseet Borås, Sweden. / Designmuseum Denmark / Ny Carlsberg Foundation / The Danish Arts Foundation / Middelfart Art Foundation / Ribe Amts Art Foundation / Trapholt Art Museum / 21st Century Museum Hotel


    AWARDS :

    2017 :  ‘Nordic Award in Textiles 2017

    2012 : Lis Ahlmanns legat

    2011 : Ole Haslund’s Kunstnerlegat

    2007 : +1 Award for best new product at Copenhagen International Furniture Fair / Awarded Honorary Mention at 12th / International Exhibition of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland,

    1992 : ‘Travel grant for a weaver’ » by Solarfondation

    1991 : The Danish Arts Foundations 3-years grant

    1983 : maleren Thomas L. Jørgensens mindelegat / Awarded by the Jury of the Acade­my



    2014 – 2015 : Frederiksbjergnyggeriet, Aarhus

    2014 : Altar piece for the Church in Vonsild

    2013 : The Townhall, Kristiansand, Norway

    2013 : The Healthcenter in Smidsrød, Norway

    2012 : Children and Youth Psychiatry, Roskilde

    2011 : Tronrud Ingineering, Hønefoss Norway



    2018 – 2019 : ‘Saturated’ The Science and Allure of Color / Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian. NY

    2018 : Out of Pixels’ Hâlsingland museum / Hudiksvall Sweden

    2017 : ‘Nordic Textile Award 2017’ Exhibition at Abecita Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden

    ‘2016 : Watermirror’, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2014 : Artapestry 3, Musee Jean Lurcat, Angers, Frankrig

    2013 : The Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Holland 2013 / Retro – Prospective: 25 Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture, BrownGrotta Arts, CT. USA

    2012 – 2013 : Artapestry 3, Danmark, Finland, Sverige, Connecting

    2011 : Museumsberg Flensburg Tyskland / Akershus Kunstsenter, Norge

    2010 : Mind and Matter, Sheldon Museum of Art, NE, USA / Urban Weft, Points of Departure, Northern Fiber i Stockholm /

    2009 : Changing Fibres on the Edge, Textilmuseet Borås, Sverige / Thinking Different, Thinking Jacq-Art, Textile Kultur Haslach, Østrig / The 10th Wave, BrownGrotta Arts, Wilton, CT. USA / Blick Kontakt, Schleswig-Holsteinishe / Landesbibliothek, Kiel

    2008 : 5th International Fiberart Biennale Beijing, Kina / Art of the table, Artifact, Wilton CT. USA

    2007 : 12th international exhibition of tapestry, Lodz, Polen

    2006 : Beyond Weaving, International Art Textiles. Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Ct.

    2005 : Japan Textile Contest, special exhibit at EXPOFIL, Paris­

    2003 : Resonanssi, Rauma, Finland

    2000 : A Scandinavian sensibility, BrownGrottaUSA 2000 / North Dakota Museum of Art, USA

    1999 : 6th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan / Meister der Moderne, München

    1997 : FIO II Brazil, Rundetårn København + Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brasi­lien / 5th International Textile Competition ’97 Kyoto, Japan 1997 / 3ieme Triennale Internationale de Tournai, Belgien



    1997 : « The Indian Sari », Trapholt Art Museum, Denmark, Curator.

    1993-1995 : The Danish Arts Foundation, committee-member

    Since 1984 : Member of ‘Kunstnersamfundet’

    1977-1978 : Studied traditional gobelin technique in Switzerland and France.

    1968-1972 : Studied textiles at College of Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark





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