Galerie Maria Wettergren is very pleased to announce that « The Nordic Award in Textiles » 2017 has been attributed to the Danish artist Grethe Sørensen.
Created by the Fokus Boraas foundation, “The Nordic Award of Textiles” is Scandinavia’s most important Prize in the field of textile art. Since 2000, an annual award of 150.000 DKK is attributed to a significant contemporary textile artist in Scandinavia.
In the words of the jury, …Grethe Sørensen’s exciting evolution is completely unique and impressive, breaking down the boundaries of digital weaving. Grethe Sørensen is a pioneer in the field of digital weaving in which the technology has given textile artists new possibilities at the turn of the millennium. Grethe Sørensen has been the most innovative textile artist in Denmark developing her own expression, in which she combines technological means with craftsmanship, and she must be considered as a pioneer in the domain, not only in Denmark, but also in Europe. Her original work with digital unique weavings in large scale has in the later years given birth to interesting collaborations with some of the biggest Nordic architects, such as Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen, Henning Larsen and Snöhettan.
Grethe Sørensens works are part of the permanent collections of the 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. Her works have been exhibited worldwide in important Biennials and art museums, including 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).