“Two Cities” is the title I chose for my section of Keramiske Veje’s exhibition at Sophienholm. Metropolis – the first city – is an irrational hodgepodge of various structures. Cubes about to step out of the building’s mass, and cubes balancing freely on top of each other, the pyramid, the mountain, and the sober gravity of the buildings. It is a city you can pass through – either while floating or in more earthbound ways. As you leave Metropolis behind you will meet the “Perhaps non-existent city”. Here are gables left standing after a neighbouring house has been removed, torn down. The gables stand like sets on a stage that has just been exited, left empty. Raw, naked, dismissive, windowless, but with a knowledge of life that we can only guess at. Within those thought-volumes between the gables – materialised here in clay – passages have been carved. Spaces that may only have an introvert existence, in the mind. You enter the “mountain”, the closed-off thought-volume, that which surrounds the space, the mysterious, the dimly glimpsed; that which evokes fear and yearning for the spaces you carry within yourself.
Gunhild Aaberg is a Danish internationally renowned artist & ceramist. She graduated in 1964 from Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts. The same year Gunhild Aaberg - together with Jane Reumert and Beate Andersen - established their own gallery and studio – Strandstræde Keramik - in the heart of Copenhagen. In the 70'es she worked as freelance designer for the Royal Porcelain Factory and as a designer for Dansk Designs Ltd. Numerous of times she has been affiliated censor at the Copenhagen School of Decorative Art and Kolding School of Design as well as guest teacher at the Danish Design School and at the Jutland Art Academy. Gunhild is member of Keramiske Veje and L’Académie Internationale de la Céramique. In 1999 Gunhild Aaberg was awarded the prestigious life long Honorary grant by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea • National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden • The Royal House of Norway • Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA • Staatliche Gallery Moritzburg, Halle, Germany • National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania • Ny Carlsberg Fondet, København, Denmark • Accademia di Danimarca, Roma, Italy • Statens Kunstfond, København, Denmark • Designmuseum Danmark, København, Denmark • Röhska Konstslöjdmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden • Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway • Hässelby Slott, Stockholm, Sweeden • Sammlung Dr. Hans Thiemann, Hamburg, Germany • Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark • Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany • Grimmerhus Keramikmuseum, Middelfart, Denmark • Ellen og Knud Dahlhof Larsens Fond, Denmark • Ministry of Culture, København, Denmark • The Danish Cultural Institut, København, Denmark • Hälsingborg Stadsmuseum, Hälsingborg, Sweden
Ann Linnemann Studie Galleri, København, Denmark, 2013 • Skagen Odde Naturcenter, Skagen, Denmark, 2012 • Flamenska Galleriet, Borås, Sweden, 2009 • Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden, 2006 • Galleri Nørby, København, Denmark, 1999, 2005 • Carlin Galerie, Paris, France, 2004 • Galleri Pagter, Kolding, Denmark, 2000 • International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Tirana, Albania, 2002 • Earth and Fire, Halle, Germany, 2001 • Nordisk Keramik Trienal, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000 • Seramik Sergile, Izmir, Turkey, 2000 • Det Danske Kulturinstitut, Athen, Greece, 1998 • Galleri Björnen, Stockholm, Sweden, 1998 • Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany, 1998 • Det Danske Kulturinstitut, East Wood, England, 1996 • Galerie Loes + Reiner, Denver, The Netherlands, 1993 • Rosenthal, Hamburg & Roma, Germany & Italy, 1984 • Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway, 1981 • Kunstindustrimuseet, København, Denmark, 1977
"Keramiske Veje", Sophienholm, Denmark, 2015 • "Keramiske Veje", Bredgade Kunsthandel, København, Denmark, 2014 & 2013 • Puls Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium, 2010 • "Keramiske Veje", Sophienholm & KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Denmark, 2009-2010 • Lacoste Gallery, Concord, USA, 2008 • Sofa Art Fair, New York & Chicago, USA, 2008 • "From the Kilns of Denmark", Paris, France & Berlin, Germany, 2004 • Carlin Galerie, Paris, France, 2003 • "From the Kilns of Denmark", Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York - Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg - Mingei International Museum, San Diego - Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento - Racine Art Museum, Racine, USA, 2002-2003 • "Keramik aus Dänemark", Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany, 1999 • Det Danske Institut, Athen, Greece, 1998 • "Images of Denmark", Accra, Ghana, 1997 • "From the Golden Age to the present Day", Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995 • Gallery Besson, London, England, 1995 • "Tender is the North", Barbican Centre, London, England, 1992 • "Céramique Danoise", Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travelling Exhibition, France, 1983 • "Scandinavia Today", Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA, 1982 • Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA, 1981 • National Gallery of Denmark, København, Denmark, 1981 • Museum Flehite, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1980 • Galerie am Graben, Wien, Austria, 1977 • Helsingborg Stadsmuseum, Helsingborg, Sweden, 1975 • Exempla, München, Germany, 1974
The Danish Arts Foundation’s lifelong Honorary grant • The Danish Arts Foundation’s 3-year working grant • Chr. Grauballe's Award • The Danish State Art Foundation • The Danish National Bank Anniversary Foundation • The Jork Foundation • Ole Haslund's Artist Award • C.L. David Foundation
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