A conference on gender and art at the Women’s Museum, Aarhus, 9/3 to mark the 100th anniversary of Female Artist Society.
A fierce day with the theme “To be seen as an artist, not as a female artist”. Excellent presentationS by Kasper Monrad (SMK), Ellen Tange (KØS), Ulla Angkjær Jørgensen (Trondheim Uni), Hans Dam Christensen (Copenhagen Uni). Great responsiveness- as well as frustration – over the facts and trends at the contemporary art scene (read: the established art institutions, museums etc) in the – predominantly female – audience.
And with good time for lunch, coffee and dinner where the talk corrugated lively between presenters and participants. Thus, it is an established fact that gender equality in the art world is still completely skewed – and definitely not in favor of women!
Organized by Women Artists Society, KKS in collaboration with the Women’s Museum.
Photo Credit: Pylle Søndergård
Highlights from yesterday’s opening at Copenhagen City Hall. Under the title “Tribute – expressed on paper” 16 members of the Female Artist Society celebrate the Town Hall’s history and especially the women who created all the building’s beautiful decorations.
Open: Mon-Fri 9-16, Sat 9.30 to 13, Sunday closed – Last day 12/3
Photos: Bjarne W. Andresen
Work in progress for ”Tribute Expressed on Paper” exhibition with Female Artists’ Society in Copenhagen next month.
See you at the opening 3. March – to crepes and champagne at Copenhagen Town Hall.
(NB Please, send me a pm if you plan to show up. Have to put you on the official guest-list.) 😉
Weekend trip to Hamburg to attend the opening of 11. Norddeutsche Handpressenmesse, meet friends and get new inspiration.
The fair took place at the Museum der Arbeit, and was a Mecca of small publishing houses, book binders, paper makers and individual artists from Germany, Spain, Russia, Austria, Italia, Switzerland and other countries.
One booth curated by my very good friend and collegue, Kestutis Vasiliunas, showed selected book objects from 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015 – and other Lithuanian artist’s books.It was quite obvious that the works of the Triennale and Lithuania stood out and attracted a great lot of attention by the audience as a unique and different way of seeing artists’ books and book objects – alongside the many beautiful but also more traditional works based on the art of printing. It’s more than a year ago, I was part of the jury in Vilnius so for me it was a very satisfying experience and great pleasure.
Saturday I was even so lucky to see one of my very old friends from Kiel, who I know way back from when we was in the Art Academy together. We have been in connection over the years – still had a lot to share about our lives and all what happened “lately”.
I’m now back home at my atelier satisfied and enriched in every way – and ready to work at my next project: TRIBUTE at Copenhagen townhall.
My contribution to TRIBUTE, Female Artists’ Society’s exhibition at Copenhagen Town Hall, is inspired by some of the very beautiful mosaic ornaments, I have seen in the terrazzo floors at the town hall. Something like a crossover between a mandala and a gækkebrev. I’m now in the process of experimenting with different types of paper and techniques. It is compulsary that all works’re made of paper. But how should they be carried out? Cut, sewn and/ or painted? There are 1000 of possibilities!
The other day I went to Copenhagen to participate in a planning meeting with the exhibition group. We did a round where all artists presented what they’re work with. All projects sounded really exciting! It has been a requirement we take inspiration from the building’s architecture, decoration or function. Incidentally several of my colleagues have chosen “the wedding room” and the fact that one can get married at City Hall. Others have been inspired by legendary figures and historical events from the files, others of the house’s interior. Works will cover a wide range of techniques from sculpture to photography, graphics, mix form and installation. Surely TRIBUTE will be a great show!
Hope to see you at Copenhagen Town Hall to the opening 3. March😉
This year marks 100 years for the foundation of KKS/ Kvindelig Kunstner Samfund/ Female Artists’ Society – one year after we celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage in Denmark. The anniversary will be celebrated through a great variety of events and exhibitions during 2016.
From the files I found a little text on KKS’ story: Female Artists’ Society is one of the oldest professional associations for female artists and craftsmen. The foundation took place on Feb. 7, 1916 at a meeting in Copenhagen. Initiaters to the inaugural meeting were the painters Marie Henriques and Helvig Kinch. 25 women supported the invitation and took part in the founding meeting, among them the painter Anna Ancher and sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. 75 members signed in at the meeting.
The aim was to jointly work to achieve equal conditions for female artists as male, by organizing and assembling the female vote in the elections to the Academy, Exhibition building at Charlottenborg etc.
In addition to the professional community created a forum for the exchange of ideas, experience disclosure – as a fun time for the women, who then often lived and worked alone as artists. Today KKS has 216 members.
I’m involved in more of the upcoming jubilee events. This weekend I went to a meeting with the group working on TRIBUTE – made in paper that will be on display at Copenhagen town hall 3. March.
I’ve got the concept, more or less, how I will make my pieces, but now comes the actual execution! Happy there is still some time!
Selected pieces from
7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015
Buy tickets for train √
Book hotell √
See you in Hamburg next weekend!😉