Tid: September 10 - December 4, 2016
Sted: Johannes Larsen Museet

Three craftspeople show “necessary” design.

For Bodil Manz, Gudrun Pagter and Erling Christoffersen, it is a necessity to work with art and design, just as it is necessary in the design process to cut away all unnecessary elements, right to the bone.

Ceramicist Bodil Manz

For ceramicist Bodil Manz (b. 1943), functional ceramics like cups, bowls, pitchers, etc. have always played an important role. For the purpose of seeking knowledge and inspiration about producing functional ceramics of a high quality, Bodil Manz and her late husband, Richard Manz, made several study trips to Japan. Since then, they have both produced sets of porcelain dishes of outstanding quality at reasonable prices. After Richard’s death, Bodil has continued their demanding work. The ceramicist has also created large one-of-a-kind pieces. Bodil Manz is probably best known for her semi-transparent pots and bowls that have tight, geometric decorations. These pieces have secured the ceramicist international recognition.

Furniture architect Erling Christoffersen

Just as functional ceramics play a main role in Danish ceramics production, chairs are often a focal point for furniture architects and designers. Furniture architect Erling Christoffersen (b. 1953) creates forms for his furniture based on the Danish Design-tradition, with great respect for materials, form and function. He describes his furniture as “created according to the structural logic of the materials”. Erling Christoffersen often combines metal, wood, textiles and twine of different materials. Some of his furniture can be elegantly dismantled, which both allows for flexibility in interior decoration and makes it easier to transport the furniture.

Weaver Gudrun Pagter

Gudrun Pagter (b. 1946) uses a concrete and geometric idiom as her starting point when weaving her tapestries, just like Manz and Christoffersen do in their fields. She works primarily in dyed sisal and flax yarns, and weaves her thick tapestries by hand on a foot-powered loom. Gudrun Pagter’s theme in her work was described by Iben From, the director of Silkeborg Bad Exhibition Hall: “The shining lines of construction draw a room in perspective in the dark. Weaver Gudrun Pagter operates with carefully planned displacements in the field of vision.” Gudrun Pagter has carried out many large commissions for the decoration of buildings in Denmark and Germany, and is represented at several museums.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, richly illustrated and with informative, interpretive and personal articles about the three artists/ craftspeople.


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The Johannes Larsen Museum

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