Torbjørn Kvasbø

Works

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Biography

Torbjørn Kvasbø (Norway, 1953) is one of the most fascinating and influential representatives of contemporary ceramics.

Since the nineteen-seventies, his works have been exploring the possibilities and potential of clay, using both familiar and abstract forms. From the utility objects of his earliest years, he has moved on to plastic forms. In later years, colours have played a more important role, which in combination with a recurring tube form.

Torbjørn Kvasbø’s works are owned by leading museums worldwide, including the National Museum, Stockholm (SE), the Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen (DK), the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (NO), the Auckland Museum Institute, Auckland (NZ), the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (JP), the World Ceramic Center, Icheon (KOR).

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CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (a selection)

2013
Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
Drammen Art Museum, Drammen, Norway

2010
Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2009
Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Trondheim, Norway
Gallery Zink, Lillehammer, Norway

2005
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo, Norway

2004
West Norway Museum of Decorative Arts, Bergen, Norway
Kunstbanken, Hamar Norway

2003
Bomuldsfabriken Art Hall, Arendal, Norway

2001
MIC, Museum of International Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France
Gallery Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden

2000
Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (a selection)

2016
Liling Ceramics Valley Museum, The Mode-Int. Ceramics Art Invitational, China
Hangzhou Int. Contemporary Ceramic Art Biennale, China
Inspired, The Scandinavian Center/TaoXicuang Museum Jingdezhen, China
International Trade Fair in Munich, Modern Masters

2015
International Wood-Firing Festival, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, China
Beyond G(l)aze, KODE2, Bergen, Norway
Transformator, Galleri Format, Oslo, Norway
Transformator, Hydrogenfabrikken Fredrikstad, Norway

2014
SOFA, Chicago, USA
Transformator. Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark
Attention: Craft, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
Beyond G(l)aze, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2013
Revelations, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2012
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Less Colour, Rogaland Art Centre, Stavanger, Norway

2011
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2010
Le Cru et le Cuit, Galerie Favardin & De Verneuil, Paris, France
Clay Energy Gulgong, Masters Exhibition, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW Australia
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Intonation, Deidesheim, Germany
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2009
British Ceramic Biennial, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
Intonation, Deidesheim, Germany
Tendenser 2009, Gallery F15, Moss, Norway

2007
Terres Extremes, Maison de la Ceramique Contemporaine, Giroussens, France
Museu del Càntir d´Argentona, Barcelona, Spain
Keramik-Museum Westerwald, Germany

2005
Typical Norwegian?, Vigeland-Museet Oslo, Norway;
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Strata, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

2004
Norwegen heute-keramisch, Hetjens-Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany

2003
NOW&NOW, World Ceramic Biennale 2003, Icheon, South Korea

2002
Keramik aus Norwegen, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

2001
Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, Holter Museum of Art, MT, USA
1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001, Icheon, South Korea
The 52st Int. Ceramic Art Competition, Faenza, Italy

2000
Ceramic Circus 2000, Les Printemps des Potiers, Bandol, France
Norwegian Alternatives, IADB-Cultural Center, Washington D.C., USA
Sidney Myer International Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC, Australia


AWARDS (a selection)

2012
Award for the best work at The Annual Exhibition of Arts and Crafts 2012, Norway

2010
Janet Mansfield Fellowship Award, Australia

2009
The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts Honourable Prize
Ringebu Municipality Culture Prize

2008
Villeroy & Boch Gustavsberg ceramics grant

2001
Silver Prize, 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001 South Korea

1999
1st Prize at 51° Premio Faenza, Italy

Exhibitions

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GEOMETRY OF CHAOS

Carlo Zauli and Torbjørn Kvasbø, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni

From 15 December 2016 to 10 February 2017