7 June - 25 August 2013


Tone Vigeland, Bracelet, 1985 (KODE Bergen), Jan groth, Sign, 2004-2006 (Courtesy Galleri Riis).

The summer of ’13 will present  works by Jan Groth and Tone Vigeland, two of Norway's most renowned artists, whose oeuvre is characterized by change and consistency. A common denominator in their works is the complex simplicity.

The early works of Vigeland can undisputably be defined as applied art or even jewellery. She made rings, brooches and necklaces. During the 1990’s we can see a change in her works. Until then, she had made small works focusing on details and minutiae, but gradually her works became less applied art and more art, and particularly moving towards the field of sculpture. The focus on material is still important, but the works relates more to the surrounding space rather than the body. The objects are more dysfunctional, but still relates themselves to the tradition of applied arts, even though they are pushing the limits.

Jan Groth has, in comparison, a much more consistent line of works, whether it be sculpture, gobelins or drawings. The sculptures are characterized by their sleek, elegant form. The drawings put emphasis on the black line of charcoal on the white back ground. The opposite of this are the gobelins, with their white on black. The line – as it is – materializes in three shapes; charcoal, wool and bronze.

Curator: Jarle Strømodden.

Pictures from the exhibition and opening reseption the 6th June with the following summer party in the museum's courtyard with dj Bjørn Torske.

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