Special Exhibition: Danish Tapestry ArtAfholdt
Helle Baslund: Roma, 2021. Photo: Ole Friis.
In 2021, visitors to the Johannes Larsen Museum will have the opportunity to see woven works by Margrethe Agger, Helle Baslund, Anne Bjørn, Anet Brusgaard, Anne Marie Egemose, Berthe Forchhammer, Annette Graae, Kari Guddal, Ane Henriksen, Nanna Hertoft, Sanne Ransby, Elisabeth Ryde, Charlotte Schrøder, Hanne Skyum, Ann Sloth, Jette Thyssen og Anette Blæsbjerg Ørom. and tapestries by guest exhibitors Lise Frølund, Anne Mette Larsen og Gudrun Pagter.
Each of the artists has their own distinctive style, and the tapestries feature a wide variety of techniques and materials.
About Danish Tapestry
Today, the term ‘tapestry’ applies to all types of woven rugs or wall coverings, particularly in the context of decorations in castles and manor houses. Historically, tapestries woven from wool, silk and linen – and sometimes gold thread – played both a decorative and insulating role on the freezing-cold walls of the residences of the rich and powerful. Over the years the word ‘tapestry’ has become somewhat watered down. Now we refer to ‘tapestry knitwear’, ‘tapestry embroidery’ etc. But, in terms of weaving technique, it refers to a special method of weaving images.
The artists’ association Dansk Gobelinkunst (Danish Tapestry Art) exhibited for the first time in 1998 at the Danish Museum of Art and Design (now Designmuseum Danmark). At the time, the director of the museum, Bodil Busk Laursen stated that the exhibition was “the largest recognition of Danish tapestry-woven works in the 20th century.” The exhibition was subsequently presented at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh.
The Danish weavers in Dansk Gobelinkunst deploy a huge range of motifs and techniques, but their works do not feature any eulogies to absolute monarchs. Their last exhibition in the Round Tower (2018) and Vendsyssel Museum of Art (2019) featured everything from totally abstract motifs to wave patterns, fields, tree formations, rhinos and warthogs all woven into tapestries by some of the finest textile artists in Denmark.
Dansk Gobelinkunst previously exhibited at the Johannes Larsen Museum in 2009. The exquisitely beautiful exhibition attracted a great deal of interest and was subsequently presented at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.