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Modern Art Oxford Presents Hannah Ryggen Exhibition

THIS November, Modern Art Oxford will show the UK’s first in-depth exhibition of 20th Century Scandinavian artist Hannah Ryggen’s work. The 16 pieces will include an early self-portrait painted in 1914, tapestries that explored fascism in the 1930s and 1940s, and a number of her last works produced in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hannah Ryggen, Blood in the Grass, 1966. Courtesy of Modern Art Oxford and ODE-Art Museums of Bergen.
Photograph: KODE/Dag Fosse. © Hannah Ryggen / DACS 2017

Modern Art Oxford was founded in 1966, and has built a reputation for holding innovative exhibitions. The organisation seeks to engage and educate wider audiences about both the artwork they feature, and its relevance within society today.

It focuses on the relationship between art and ideas, for which Hannah Ryggen’s career provides broad scope for analysis. Ryggen is known to have been consistently influenced by contemporary socio-political events, such as the Nazi occupation of Norway and the Vietnam War.

Hannah Ryggen, 6 October 1942, 1943. Courtesy of Modern Art Oxford and Nordenfjeldske
Kunstindustrimuseum/ Museene I Sør-Trøndelag. Photograph: Anders S. Solberg/Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum. © Hannah Ryggen / DACS 2017

by Rosie Byers

The exhibition is on from November 11 until February 18, 2018 at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

A press review and introductory talk by the show’s curator will take place on November 10 from 11am until 1pm.

For both press enquiries, or to RSVP to the press review contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 813 826,
Communications Manager Clare Stimpson:

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum / Museene I Sør-Trøndelag, and supported in part by an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant.

London Design Fair Features Contemporary Scottish Craft

THE London Design Fair  will take place at the Truman Brewery in East London later this year. The spectacular four-day industry event, which is hosted in collaboration with Tent London and Super Brands London, showcases the work of independent designers, established brands and galleries. In addition, new designers and global brands will be launched in the UK through 15 international country pavilions represented by Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, India and China.

Lara Scobie, Scotland Craft and DesignLara Scobie, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Lara Scobie, an award-winning ceramist will be exhibiting new work at the Scotland Design and Craft pavilion. Her elegantly tapered vessels with undulating motifs reflect the subtlety of traditional weaving techniques through contemporary hand-drawn designs.

From the Highlands of Scotland, Catherine MacGruer creates fabulous Merino wool textiles in vibrant, eye-catching designs influenced by travels abroad. Her geometric patterns evolve from collaged shapes which are digitally knitted into cushions, blankets and scarves.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photgraph © London Design FairJuli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Stormy Scottish weather, Japanese wabi-sabi and light on the Moray Firth inspire Juli Bolaños-Durman, a Latin-American designer based in Scotland. Her latest Made-Up Museum of Artefacts collection combines engraved blown glass with found materials. By creating “something beautiful from things that people are about to discard”, she explores the challenges that their unwanted items present.

Yellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph London Design FairYellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

by Miranda Charalambous

The London Design Fair opens September 22 – 25, 2016 at the
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR.
Thu 10am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Front page image: Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair