Grete Jensen - the Funen painters’ unknown potter

Tid: June 23 - November 25, 2018
Sted: The Johannes Larsen Museum

Many are familiar with Syberg Ceramics, but few know about Hans and Grete Ceramics, which was the original company. The Johannes Larsen Museum will now remedy this shortcoming.

The exhibition is the story of Grete Jensen (1906 - 1935), who was originator and artistic leader of the company that, starting in 1928, went by the name of Hans and Grete Ceramics. Grete joined forces with her cousin, Hans Syberg, to establish the company. Grete created the light, decorative style, the delicate brushwork, as well as the forms for the dishes they made. It was an aesthetic whole that was taken over by the company, Syberg Ceramics, after Grete’s untimely death in 1935, at only 29 years of age.

Syberg Ceramics is, today, a popular and sought-after brand on the antiques market, but only a handful of people know that it was Grete Jensen who created the special aesthetics that typefy Syberg Ceramics.

She grew up in an artistic environment as the daughter of painter Peter Hansen. Her aunt was Anna Syberg, Hans and Lars Syberg were her cousins, and Grete became the aunt of some of Johannes Larsen’s grandchildren, including Alhed Maria Larsen, who wrote the exhibition publication about Grete Jensen.

Grete never got the recognition and the spotlight that she deserved; with this exhibition, we hope to make up for this.

She received her artistic training from the Museum for Decorative Arts’ Ceramics and Painting School, graduating in 1928. The school was called “the Clay Cellar”, and Grete was inspired in part by older ceramic traditions like Majolica and Kellinghusen, which she translated to her own timeless, light and playful brush strokes, with flowers, birds and cats, along with exotic animals and human figures. In her choice of colours and her lightness, she lay close to the other female artists in her family, Anna Syberg among them.

Through the many surviving ceramic works of art and sketches lent by Grete’s family, the story of her path and her life’s work can be told.

Everyone is welcome to the exhibition opening on June 22 at 2:00 PM.

Calendar

Islet and Skerrie
Dec. 1, 2018 - March 17, 2019
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Uninhabited isles of the Danes revisited

Christmas table
November 16 - December 31
Johannes Larsen Museum

Get into the Christmas spirit and get inspired for this year’s Christmas table settings.

The Land Painters in Sybergland
Dec.15, 2018 - March 1, 2019
The Johannes Larsen Museeum

Sybergland revisited by the The artists’ group, the Land Painters

Christmas Concert
Sunday December 16, 4 PM
Johannes Larsen Museum

Christmas concert between Nordic peoples and echoes from the Alps, with Helene Blum, Harald Haugaard and others

News

Piggy bank for the history of snaps
26. October 2018
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Snaps Pig has just been published in a handsome new edition with a foreword by Johannes Larsen’s grandson, who carries on the traditions and recipes for spiced aquavit from his grandfather.

Search for Christine Swane paintings met with great success
26. June 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our art search was broadcast far and wide with the help of the press, Facebook and by word of mouth. After just a short time, to our great pleasure, we received many responses from people who own artwork by Christine Swane.

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.

The Coffee House will be temporarily closed
6. February 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Coffee House at the Johannes Larsen Museum is closing on Feb.1, 2018 due to rebuilding and expansion.