The “Forces of Nature” exhibition at the National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres pays tribute to Norwegian creativity in contemporary ceramics and tapestry design. The exhibition is organized in partnership with Norwegian Crafts, the KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, the Sørlandet Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand (SKMU), with the support of the Norwegian Embassy in France. It will be inaugurated in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. Exceptional in scale, “Forces of Nature” presents no less than 65 works dating from the 2000s to the present day, created by three internationally renowned Norwegian artists: Kari Dyrdal, Torbjørn Kvasbø and Marit Tingleff. Certain works have been imagined specially for the exhibition, with installations and large-scale creations filling the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces (over 1,500 m2). Exhibition curators: Christine Germain (Director of the Heritage and Collections Department of the National Ceramics Museum) and Frédéric Bodet (Head of the Modern and Contemporary Collections), in collaboration with KODE and SKMU. :
These three artists, who know and admire each other’s oeuvre, all share the same powerful abstract expression evoking Nature’s forces of growth and metamorphosis. All three graduated from the Bergen Applied Arts School in 1977/1978. During a decade marked by massive educational evolutions and a desire to internationalize the artistic influences at work in Norway, Dyrdal, Kvasbø and Tingleff were closely linked to this dynamic period’s student activism and their school’s evolution. While all three artists have maintained friendly respectful relations throughout their successful careers, they have never before been exhibited together outside Norway. The “Forces of Nature” exhibition at Sèvres focuses on the wide-ranging vision of the three artists’ at once distinct and complementary worlds, within a scenography that compares and contrasts their works. Their respective artistic styles present a metamorphic vision of the spectacular Norwegian landscapes that surround them. Each artist searches out and explores in his or her own way the very foundations of their Norwegian spirit and culture. They have garnered international renown thanks to a shared desire to reappropriate and transform their vernacular and artisanal traditions, as well as other international – notably American and Anglo-Saxon – artistic practices. In a clearly sculptural and architectural manner, they have managed to render these diverse influences into their own personal languages. Their works seek to provoke an emotional response, to “physically” impact their beholders.
More information about the exhibition: https://www.norwegiancrafts.no/projects/forces-de-la-nature-three-norwegian-artists