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Karen Bennicke - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Karen Bennicke (b. 1943, Denmark) is known for her sculptures composed of complex geometric figures, which superimpose cartographic overviews of city life, constructed landscapes, and architectural diagrams onto three-dimensional ceramic forms. Her systematic process translates data points describing urban and architectural space into a complex network of carvings, excavations, and crisscrossing topographies. City streets, urban parks, traffic routes, and subway lines are layered on top of one another, compressed into an afterimage of the forces that formed them. Ultimately, Bennicke’s slab-formed sculptures develop a quality of artifacts or fossils. While each work arises from the implementation of a set of rules, the end result is enigmatic and magnetic, charged with arcane symbolism. The earth-toned terracotta and monochrome geometries prompt philosophical rumination on the city as a set of contested relations; her sculptures suggest that, obscured by time, traffic, and constant dynamism, our environment is ultimately unknowable, constantly in a process of formation and sedimentation.

Bennicke's work is featured in many museum public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, the Nationalmuseum of Stockholm, and the Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen. She is the recipient of the Thorvald Bindesboll Medal from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and a Lifelong Achievement Award from the Danish Arts Foundation.

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KAREN BENNICKE
b. 1943, Denmark

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019    Karen Bennicke: Unfolding, Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, UK
2018    Visions Spatiales, Maison du Danemark, Paris, France
2016    Urban Complex, Banja Rathnov Gallery & Kunsthadel, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010    Diamonds Are…,  Ann Linnemann Gallery, Contemporary Ceramic Art Copenhagen,
            Denmark

2008    50th Anniversary Exhibition, Nastved Museum Boderne, Nastved, Denmark

2005    Karen Bennicke: Action—Architectones, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
2003    Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, France 
2001    Form I Form (Form within Form), Galleri Norby Copenhagen, Denmark

           Status: Retrospektiv (Status: Retrospective), CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark,
            Middelfart, Denmark
1999    Galerie Bjornen, Stockholm, Sweden

           Persona, Udstillingssted for Ny Keramik, Copenhagen, Denmark
1998    Thema, Galerie Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995    Tilbageblik, Keramiske Arbejder 1957-95 (Retrospective, Ceramic Works 1957-95),
            Nastved Museum Boderne, Nastved, Denmark
1994    Ribe Art Museum, Ribe, Denmark
1991    Galerie S.C.A.G., Copenhagen, Denmark
1988    Galerie Umbra, Lund, Sweden

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019    Formes Limites, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France
            100 Ans de Céramique Danoise, Maison du Danemark, Paris, France
            100 Years of Danish Ceramics, Sofienholm, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Ceramic Momentum, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark,
            Middelfart, Denmark
2018    Made in Denmark, Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany
            Geometric Scales (with Masamichi Yoshikawa), Ann Linnemann Gallery Copenhagen,
            Denmark
2017    Banja Rathnov Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark
2015    Random Growth, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, UK
            Many a Slip, Marsden Woo Gallery, London, UK
2014    Fremsynet Tilbageblik (Forward-Looking Retrospect), Kunstetagerne, Hobro, Denmark

           Did, Ting go Tanker (Time, Things, and Thoughts), Nastved Museum Boderne, Nastved, 
            Denmark (Curator)
            The Time is Always Now, Banja Rathnov Gallery & Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013    Architectural Rounds, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Med Leret Som Gidsel (Holding the Clay Hostage), Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbak,
            Denmark
            Terres: Copenhagen Ceramics Invites, Galerie Maria Lund, Paris, France
            From Frame to Space, Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark
            Danish Design at the House (organized by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sydney
            Opera House, Sydney, Australia 
2012    Architectural Rounds, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
            Geometrical Evolution, Copenhagen Ceramics, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Justus Lipsius, Puls Contemporary Ceramics for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs &
            the Danish EU presidency, Brussels, Belgium
2011    Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium
2010    European Ceramic Context, Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Gudhjem, Denmark
            Color, Secret Relationship between Ceramics and Colors, Museum of Modern
            Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
            På Tværs (Across), Tap I, Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009    Dansk Keramik (Danish Ceramics), Kunstetagerne, Hobro, Denmark
2008    Vessel | Sculpture, German and International Ceramics since 1946, Grassi Museum 
            of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany
2007    Biennale for Craft and Design, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design,
            Kolding, Denmark
            Everything Is Flux, Drud & Koppe Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
            End, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark & Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall,
            Arendal, Norway
2006    Museum of Applied Art, International Academy of Ceramics, Riga, Latvia
2005    Kommunikationsstykker (Communication Pieces), Galleri Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Scandinavian Design beyond the Myth, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague Czech 
            Republic; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Budapest, Hungary; The Museum of
            Applied Arts

2004    From the Kilns of Denmark Contemporary Danish Ceramics, Maison du Danemark, Paris, 
            France; Felleshus, Pan-Nordic Building, The Nordic Embassies, Berlin, Germany; 
            Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, France
            Scandinavian Design Beyond the Myth, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan, Italy & The Design
            Museum, Ghent, Belgium
            Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium
            Biennale for Craft & Design, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, 
            Denmark
            Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalbor, Denmark

COLLECTIONS
Brandts, Odense, Denmark
CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, Denmark
Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Devonshire Collection Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, UK
Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany
Hoganas Museum, Hoganas, Sweden
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany
Keramion, Frechen, Germany
Kobenhavns Billedkunstudvalg, Copenhagen, Denmark
KOS Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Koge, Denmark
Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Applied Art, Riga, Latvia
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Nastved Museum Boderne, Nastved, Denmark
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
The New Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
Public Art Agency Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden
Rohsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schleswig, Germany
Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

AWARDS & GRANTS
2017    Thorvald Bindesboll Medal, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
2016    The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
            Lifelong Achievement Award, Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
2014    The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
2013    Visual Arts Project Funding, The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
2012    Danish Crafts, Denmark    
2011    Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation, Denmark
2010    Annie og Otto Johs. Detlefs Keramikpris, Denmark
2009    The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
            Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fund, Denmark
            Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation, Denmark
2008    Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Haderspris, Denmark
            The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
2005    Danish Crafts, Denmark
2004    Travel Grants, The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
            Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fund, Denmark
2003    The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
            Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fund, Denmark
2002    New York Grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture, Denmark
2001    The Danish arts Foundation, Denmark
            West Zealand County’s Craftsperson of the Year, Denmark
2000    Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation, Denmark
1997–2000 Three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
1996    Center for Dansk Billedkunst (Center for Danish Visual Arts), Denmark
1995    The CDK Prize, Denmark
            Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation, Denmark

MEMBERSHIPS
Danish Visual Artists, Denmark
The Society of Artists, Denmark
International Academy of Ceramics, IAC

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