Bornholm

Voices of Bornholm - Material Based Art

5. November - 17 December 2022

Artists:
Malene Kyed, Hans Munck Andersen, Maj-Britt Zelmer, Gerd Hiort Petersen, Morten Klitgaard, Michael Geertsen, Kumiko Asti, Christina Schou Christensen, Anne Mette Hjortshøj, Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson and Anett Biliczki.

This exhibition explores layers of inspiration from a single, clearly defined area, the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. The island’s long history, location and geology play a significant role for the artists who work here. Bornholm’s long cultural history has developed in exchange with the rest of the Nordic region and Europe and has left early traces, for example in the form of petroglyphs and large finds of gold foil figurines, the so-called guldgubber. The island’s geology is present in the magnificent landscapes that for centuries have been a favoured topic for Danish painters. The rocks, sea and dramatic sceneries are testimony to an unusual underground that is also the source of the island’s central role in Danish ceramics. Bornholm possesses all the raw materials for the production of ceramics, including, as the only place in Denmark, kaolin, which is an essential element in porcelain. Throughout history, the island’s cultural production, geology and location have been directly and closely interlinked. Today, Bornholm is once again set to play a key geopolitical role as the world’s first Energy Island. Due to its central location as a hub in relation to Denmark, Poland, Germany and Sweden, the island is going to serve as a giant power outlet, converting and distributing energy from the surrounding offshore wind parks.

The exhibition presents eleven artists’ poetic interpretations of Bornholm’s nature and culture. Some objects have very direct connections to the site, as they are made of local raw materials. Others draw inspiration from nature and some from historical techniques or finds of early cultural artefacts. The exhibition’s underlying general premise and claim are that Bornholm is present in all the objects through their particular material approach and processing. All the exhibits are contemporary abstract pieces, in which material and decoration are closely connected, like algae on rocks. Another common feature is a focus on traditional techniques combined with a contemporary twist that points to the future. The artistic interpretation of nature, the use of local raw materials and the study of cultural history are contributions to the debate about a sustainable future, which is why craft is currently moving to the forefront with renewed relevance.

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