Hannah Ryggen: Woven Histories

Last edited by Modern Art Oxford on 21 October 2017

Venue, Timing and Cost

Modern Art Oxford
Saturday, 11 November 2017 to Sunday, 18 February 2018

Hannah Ryggen (b. 1894, Malmö, Sweden – d. 1970, Trondheim, Norway) was one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century. In the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK, this exhibition surveys her career from an early painted portrait created in 1914, to the intricate tapestries that characterised her extraordinary career from the 1920s onward.

Ryggen’s work demonstrated her impassioned responses to the socio-political events of her time. She dealt with a range of issues from the rise of fascism (Ethiopia, 1935) and the Nazi occupation of Norway, including its impact on her own family (6 October 1942, 1943); to the post-war growth of nuclear power (Mr Atom, 1952) and media coverage of the Vietnam War (Blood in the Grass, 1966).

The artist’s intense relationship to the world around her forms the heart of this exhibition, which celebrates both her vibrant tapestries and the processes involved in creating them.

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum / Museene I Sør-Trøndelag.

The development of this exhibition was supported in part by an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant.

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