Certain works have the capacity to transcend any given category by their poetic and indefinite character. Astrid Krogh’s CLOUD ILLUSIONS II is like an invitation to meditate on the flux of life with its aluminum mirror surface of engravings and perforations forming large clouds of an ever-changing character. The work’s interaction with the ambient daylight is both strong and subtle with soft reflections moving in light shadows over the floor and spreading to the entire room. The soft quality of the thin mirror surface even gives a slight vibratory motion in the work, enhancing the feeling of life and inviting the mind to float like clouds in the sky.

The fluidity of the material combined with Krogh’s calligraphic traces and the vertical format may equally recall the spirit of the Chinese wash drawings from the Sung Dynasty, in which the idea of capturing the breath of life and nature by means of only one color was essential. Only in Krogh’s work color and life are no longer added, they are reflected. While working on CLOUD ILLUSIONS II, Astrid Krogh was listening to the soulful piece of music « Spiegel im Spiegel » (Mirror in Mirror) by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Just as « Spiegel im Spiegel » CLOUD ILLUSIONS II poetically refers to the infinity of images produced by parallel plane mirrors: the tonic triads are endlessly repeated with small variations as if reflected back and forth.

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H 280 x L 330 cm 
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    Cloud Illusion III
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  • 2015
H 280 x L 330 cm 
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    Cloud Illusion III
    H 280 x L 330 cm
    Unique Piece

  • 2015
H 280 x L 330 cm 
Unique Piece

    Cloud Illusion III
    H 280 x L 330 cm
    Unique Piece

  • 2015
H 280 x L 330 cm 
Unique Piece

    Cloud Illusion III
    H 280 x L 330 cm
    Unique Piece

  • AK

    Light artist and textile designer, Astrid Krogh, was born in Denmark in 1968.  Krogh graduated from the textile faculty of the Danish Design School, and is today recognized as a leading innovator in the intersecting fields of art, textile design, technology, and architectural intervention. Krogh anchors her art to new technologies by weaving optic strands into iridescent tapestries and creating optic fiber and LED sculptures that glow and illuminate in a rainbow of colors. With the subtle changing of patterns and colourways in the pieces, Astrid Krogh’s work creates a momentary pause in a high-speed world, showing that the cutting edge of art and design is not razor sharp, but as sensuous and soft as the subtle illuminations she creates.

    « I like to work with high-tech materials in a low-tech way ».

    Combining her textile design skills with technological know-how and state-of-the-art materials, Astrid Krogh started already by the end of the 1990s with monumental optical fiber weavings for various museum exhibitions and site-specific commissions. 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 colourways. « 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 colourways ».

    Astrid Krogh succeeds in giving light a soft and tactile quality, proposing a highly original and poetic vocabulary based on contemplative perception and sensual color experience. In pieces like the Meadow or the Sky, the work changes into different hues of colors in a very slowly and hardly perceptible way therefore creating a poetic and sensorial experience.

    Astrid Krogh’s works have been shown at various international exhibitions, museums and she has done important site-specific commissions such as the Maersk building, the Danish Parliament and the 21 C Museum in Cincinnati.

    « I begin each commission by travelling to the site to look at existing lighting, the flow of human traffic and the general buzz around it », Krogh says. « I set out to truly integrate work into the space so that it becomes a part of it. Every building has a unique atmosphere; every space has its own soul. My work is born out of feeling, yet, takes shape according to the physical characteristics of the space ».

    Astrid Krogh’s pieces are published in several important books about contemporary textiles, architecture and design and she has won several design prizes, including The Danish Art Foundation in 2006, 2009 et 2011. Krogh won the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal in 2008 and received the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize. In 2015, Astrid Krogh was attributed the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark and in 2016, she received the Finn Juhl Architecture Prize.



    1995 – 1997     Institute for Product Design

    1992-1995     Denmark’s Design School: Textile Department



    2016     Finn Juhl Architecture Prize

    2015     Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark

    2013     Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Fonds hæderspris

    2012     Knud V Engelhardts Mindelegat

    2008     Thorvald Bindesbøll Medaljen Kulturministeriets designpulje, Rejselegat

    2007     Non Nobis Fonden / Danish Crafts, Legat til project ‘China Town–limited edition’

    2006     Statens Kunstfond, Arbejdslegat / Danish Solarfonden, rejselegat / Crafts, udstillingslegat / Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København

    2004     Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968

    2003     Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond (kunstnerpris for 2003) Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København

    2002     Statens Kunstfond ́s 3-årige arbejdslegat Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968

    2001     Martha og Paul René Gauguins Fond (fondens kunstnerpris for 2001) Thomas B. Thriges Fond
    Augustinus Fonden / Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond / Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 Politikenfonden / Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København

    2000     Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk, Gammel Dok Pakhus, København

    1999     Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk Gammel Dok Pakhus, KøbenhavnOTHER

    2014- 2018     Chairman of the Project Support Committee for Crafts and Design, The Danish Arts Foundation

    2007     Boardmember for Denmark’s National Banks Jubilæumsfond af 1968

    2006     Boardmember of the Danish Ministry of Culture. Cultural canon http://www.kum.dk/sw37439.asp

    2005     Leader of workshop Northern Fibre 06, Finland

    2004     Curator, Biennale 2004 (Danish Craft) / Marts—May 2000 / Lecturer, Denmark’s Design School

    July 2000 / Member of ‘Stroom’, Den Haags centrum voor beeldende kunst, Holland / April 1999—2004

    Redaktionsmedlem af ‘Dansk Kunsthåndværk’

    May 1998—September 1999     Undervisningsassistent, Danmarks Designskole



    2017     Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen / Commission, Danish University Centre, Beijing

    2016     Commission, Children Hospital, Göteborg / Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen

    2015     Nykøbing Katedralskole, Denmark / Teglverket Skole, Norway / The Flag Project, 21C Hotels, Durham, USA / Sticks and Sushi, Copenhagen / Longchamp, Paris, France / Printemps, Paris, France / Högskolan / Malmø (Statens Konstfond, Sweden)

    2014     Private commission, Los Angeles, USA / Sketch for Longchamp, Paris / Sketch for Frederiksbergbyggeriet, Århus / Sketch for Teglverkets School, Oslo, Norway

    2013     Askim Ungdomsskole, Norge / Sketch, “Hospital Lillebælt”

    2012     “Lightmail”, 21 C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio / Private commission, “Morild”, Paris / Sketch, Danish University Centre, Beijing (The House of the Danish Industry Foundation – Ny Carlsbergfondet) / Sketch, Högskolan, Malmø (Statens Konstfond, Sweden) / Sketch, Nya Karolinska Solna, Stockholm

    2011     ‘Kamelia’, Kolding, 4×4 metre Neontapestry / Sketch for “Two Tunnels Project”, Bath; Great Britain / Sketch for Högskolen, Oslo, Norge

    2010     ’Myriad’, Ceremony Room, Halden Prison, Norway 5 x 5 metre light tapestry

    2009     Vollsmose Kulturhus,, 4 x 4 Light mobile / Gigantium, Aalborg, 5 x 6 meter neontapestry

    2008     ’Myriad’, Ceremony room, Halden Prison, Norway (Erik Møller Architects), 5 x 5 metre light tapestry / ’Flower of life’, Sittard Hospital, The Netherlands 5 x 5 metre light mobile

    2007     ’Light fall’, NRGI Aarhus (SHL architects) 2 stk 2 x 14 meter light tapestry (optical fibre)

    ‘Flora’, Kolding Commune, Neon wallpaper, 12 x 11 metres, Dorte Mandrup Architects / ‘Coral’, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter, swim pool Mosaic / 5 x 5 meter

    2006     ”Snow flakes”, Bergen, Norway / Løvåsen Sykehjem 8 stk light tapestry, neon, Facade, 8 x 100 metre, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter / Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen Architects (SHL) / Sketch for Mr. S. Gabbana, Portofino, summer residence

    2005     Frederiksberg Slots Ridehus / Grønnegades Kulturcenter, Næstved, 2 stk neon tapestry

    2003     ‘Polytics’, The Danish Parliament, Christiansborg, 3 x 8 meter neon tapestry / ’Ornament’, 2,6 x 3,6 meters neon tapestry, bought by The National Art Foundation.

    2002     Reception, DSB, Sølvgade; København, Glassfacade m. Optical fibre (3x10m)

    2001     Design for Coloplast A.S / DSB, Sølvgade, Copenhagen, carpet (8x12m) + 3 stk metal goblin / Mærsk Data A/S, Vibenhus Runddel, Copenhagen, weaving stainless steel + neon (4x14m) / C.F.Møllers Architects

    2000     Design for Velux A/S, Denmark

    1999     The Royal Library, Diamanten, Copenhagen



    2016     Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2015     National Bank, Denmark

    2012     Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2011     Design Miami/Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren

    2010     Gallery NB, Viborg

    2006     ‘Ideal House, 2006’ IMM Messe, Cologne

    2005     ‘Potential volumes by light’ Malmø kunstmuseum

    2002     ‘Tapeter’ / Det Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen

    2000     ‘light mail’ Trapholt, Kolding



    2017     Design Miami Basel /Galerie Maria Wettergren

    Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London

    2016     Design Nu, Designmuseum Denmark

    2015     Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen

    2014     Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / D’Days, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris / BUILDING WITH TEXTILES – Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL

    Pavillion Arts et Design London – Galerie Maria Wettergren; Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren /

    2013     D’Days/ Musée Nationale Eugène Delacroix, Paris / Pavillion Arts et Design Paris/ London- Galerie Maria Wettergren ; Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren / The Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013 / Mindcraft, Il Saloni, Milan

    2012     Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London “Movements”, Risør Kunstpark, Norge / Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren Design Miami

    2011     Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris / 7th Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts Design Miami – Galerie Maria Wettergren

    2010     Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris / ‘It ́s a small world’, Shanghai Cosmos, Silkeborg Bad / Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan

    2009    Il Saloni, Milan / “it ́s a small world”, Danish Design Centre

    2008     Il Saloni, Milan

    2007     Biennalen 2007 Koldinghus

    2006     ‘Honey I’m Home’, Danish Design Centre

    2005     ‘The 5th Textile Art Biennale Kaunas Lithuania / ‘Index 2005’ / Dansk Design Centre / ‘Konsthandverk / Roda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden / ‘Danish – framing the future of design’ The Danish Center / ‘Use It’ Dansk Design Center, Tokyo

    2004     ‘STUFF’ / Danish Crafts, Toronto / ‘The 11.th International Triennial of Tapestry’ Lodz, Poland

    2003     ‘Scandinavian Design beyond the Myth’ Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / ‘Derfor’ / Danish Craft, Paustian, Copenhagen

    2002     ‘Fremtidens tradition, Danish Craft, Paris

    2001     ‘Young Nordic Design: The Generation X’ / Scandinavia House, New York Washington, Mexico, Finland (Design forum), Berlin (Det Nordiske Hus)

    2000     ‘Danish Wave’ China

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