Between Object and Artwork
In many ways, Lone Skov Madsen and Turi Heisselberg Pedersen’s exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art and Design constitutes an opening: an opening toward new forms of artistic expression for the two ceramists, both of whom are well-established luminaries in Danish ceramics. It is an opening toward objects from the museum’s own storage rooms, which appear to have lost their power to attract attention and allure a contemporary public. And at the same time, it is an opening toward the viewer, who steps into a form universe that is recognizable albeit transformed.
The two artists have been making a voyage of discovery in the museum’s storage rooms and have selected a group of objects that embody the various styles of different historical periods. Their gaze has been open and their sense about the objects’ communicative qualities has been operating intuitively.
By Louise Mazanti, PhD, professor at Konstfack, Stockholm