Scan Magazine | Experience of the Month | Denmark
Guldagergaard, one of the world’s leading centres within ceramic research and training, is hosting a special exhibition this April.
Experience of the Month, Denmark
A shoebox of world art Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center is celebrating the magic of life and art with a one-of-a-kind ceramic exhibition in April 2018. Inspired by director Mette Blum Marcher’s 40th birthday, the exhibition will present 40 shoeboxsized ceramic artworks from artists all over the world. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Guldagergaard
Tucked away in an historic farmhouse in Skælskør is Guldagergaard, one of the world’s leading research centres within ceramics. Since it was founded 21 years ago, the centre has been visited by 200 of the world’s most talented ceramic artists. In April, works by 40 of these artists will be presented in The Shoe Box Show, curated by Mette Blum Marcher, Guldagergaard’s director since 2009. “I wanted to create an exhibition that commemorated some of all of the wonderful people I have met working here,” 112 | Issue 111 | April 2018
explains Marcher. “At the same time, it’s about exploring the journey we all go through in life, from our first steps to our final realisation as human beings.” Located all over the world, the 40 selected artists will each send in their figurative ceramic artwork in a shoebox. After the show at Guldagergaard, the exhibition will travel on to Sweden, Norway and the US.
Global powerhouse It is no coincidence that The Shoe Box Show will exhibit works from artists all
over the world. Just like the centre’s original founders, Marcher has always prioritised nurturing and attracting international talent. “As humans, we can’t survive without close relationships, and the same goes for institutions. It’s very important, especially in a small country like Denmark and in a time like ours where a lot of people and groups are closing in around themselves, that artistic institutions maintain their international relationships and connections to the rest of the world,” stresses Marcher. As a part of this continuous international focus, Guldagergaard is currently in the process of expanding its current facilities with an educational centre and a large exhibition hall for international exhibitions. “It’s unique that we, in little Denmark, have a centre that is such a significant player on the global market,”
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