FORCES - Dyrdal Kvasbø Tingleff

An exhibition with Kari Dyrdal, Torbjørn Kvasbø and Marit Tingleff at National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres, KODE Bergen and SKMU Kristiansand

The exhibition FORCES – Dyrdal Kvasbø Tingleff pays tribute to three Norwegian contemporary crafts artists; textile artist Kari Dyrdal and ceramicists Torbjørn Kvasbø and Marit Tingleff. The exhibition is developed by National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres in collaboration with KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen Sørlandet Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand (SKMU) and Norwegian Crafts.

'Vegg Sèvres I' by Kari Dyrdal

Exhibition dates
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum SKMU, 12 October 2019–26 Januar 2020
KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes 10 May–15 Sept 2019
The National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres, 24 September 2018–1 April 2019

'Tube Form' by Torbjørn Kvasbø
'Stor Stakk' by Torbjørn Kvasbø

Exceptional in scale, FORCES - Dyrdal Kvasbø Tingleff is a thorough survey of the three seminal craft artists, presenting 50 major works spread out over 800m2 of KODE’s exhibition spaces. The artworks featured in the exhibition includes works from Norwegian museums and international private collections from the turn of the milennium to new work specially made for the exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Christine Germain, and Frédéric Bodet/National Ceramics Museum Sèvres in collaboration with Anne Britt Ylvisåker/KODE, Frank Falch/SKMU and Heidi Bjørgan.

'Dark' by Marit Tingleff
'Light/Earth' by Marit Tingleff

FORCES - Dyrdal Kvasbø Tingleff emphasizes how the three artists engage with nature and how their individual experience of the landscapes surrounding them are being transformed into powerful abstract expressions. Likewise, the curators highlight how the three have a strong awareness of tradition within their respective fields and a shared willingness to re-appropriate, transform and further develop the knowledge and character of contemporary crafts.

The large-scale exhibition offers a thorough insight into Dyrdal’s, Kvasbø’s and Tingleff’s oeuvres in a scenography where works from the three artists enter into direct dialogue with each other, allowing the public an insight into both the distinctive and the complementary aspects of each of the artists’ expressions.

Dyrdal, Kvasbø and Tingleff all studied at Bergen Kunsthandverksskole (now Faculty of Arts, Music and Design UiB – the University of Bergen) in the late 1970s. The highly respected artists have all exhibited
extensively internationally, they have received a number of awards and are all represented in numerous museum- and private collections around the world. While they have followed each other’s’ careers the three have never yet been exhibited together.

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Textile works by Kari Dyrdal and ceramic works by Torbjørn Kvasbø

Interviews with the artists, produced by KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum