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Lene Bødker - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Mixing conceptual links to philosophy and biology with rigorous and detailed craft and manufacturing techniques, the work of Lene Bødker (Danish, b. 1958) explores the unique liveliness of glass as her chosen medium and its inherent connection to nature. Her use of cire perdue, the lost wax technique first mastered by bronze casters centuries ago, allows her final forms to translate the fluidity of molten glass once cooled. Working between her workshop in Roskilde and her studio on the Sjællands Odde peninsula, her time-consuming practice consists of modeling in clay followed by wax and plaster casting before hot glass fills the empty mold. Surface finishing is completed by hand with a hammer and chisel. The laborious nature of her process contributes to a contemplative approach to her craft; in fact, Bødker often incorporates meditation at the start of each project to create a sense of calm and presence within her workshop. Combining tactile surface treatments with a strong sensuality achieved through the fusion of natural forms and colors, her work also approaches the spiritual, constantly connecting and questioning our position within nature.

Bødker graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1992 with a degree in Ceramics and Glass, and has since become one of the most distinguished glass artists throughout the Nordic countries. Her work has garnered significant recognition, including the Grand Prize at the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa in 2007. Recent highlights include the Loewe Craft Prize exhibition at the Noguchi Museum in 2023 and a solo exhibition at the Glasmuseum Ebeltoft in 2022. Her pieces are part of esteemed public collections worldwide, including the Design Museum in Copenhagen, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.


b. 1958, Denmark

1992    Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark    

2022    Stories to Be Told, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2021    My Inner Garden, Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018    Nedslag, Galleri NB, Viborg, Denmark
           Who Are You?, Galleri Glass, Stockholm, Sweden

2017    What Follows, Galerie Maria Lund, Paris, France
2016    Exhibition of Glass Works, Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France
2010    Arte Moda, Gallery Leon Salet, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2009    Galerie Maria Lund, Paris, France
2008    Galleri NB, Viborg, Denmark
2007    Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2005    Galerie Maria Lund, La Galerie Danoise, Paris, France
            Politiken Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000    Galleri Gronlund, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995    C. E. Fritzsche, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023    Craft Prize, Loewe Foundation, The Noguchi Museum, Queens, NY, USA
2017    Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over, The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden

2016    Great Danes, GlazenHuis, Lommel, Belgium
2015    DG15: 40 Years of Contemporary Glass in Denmark, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft,
2013    Glass, Holstebro Artmuseum, Holsterbo, Denmark
2012    Architectural Hallway, Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
2009    Connections, Prague, Czech Republic
            Biënnale Kijkduin, The Hague, The Netherlands
2007    Glass, Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006    The Danes: Contemporary Glass at Heller Gallery, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2004    Glass, Holstebro Artmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark
2002    Global Glass, Marx-Saunders Gallery LTD, Chicago, IL, USA
2001    Religious Glass Art, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2000    Zugriff – Spirited Approach, Women Glass Artists Today, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf,
            Düsseldorf, Germany
1999    The Nordic Spirit, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
1998    New Danish Glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
1997    A World of Glass, Hadeland Glasverk, Jevnaker, Norway
           Design Nordic Way, St. Petersburg, Russia; Kalmar, Sweden; Bergen, Norway
           Women in Scandinavia, Kalmar, Sweden

1996    Unika – Danish Crafts 1996, The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen,
            Musée du Verre, Charleroi, Belgium
1995    Glass in Dialogue, Villa Eksternest, Rumbeke, Belgium
1994    Galleri L, Hamburg, Germany
1992    The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Anne Marie Telmanyi Born Carl-Nielsens Foundation 
Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensens Foundation
The Danish Crafts Council’s Annual Prize
The Danish National Art Foundation
The Danish National Art Foundation, three-year work scholarship
The Danish Arts Foundation, lifelong grant from 2012
The Hempel Glass Prize, honorary award
The Ole Haslund Art Fondation, honorary award
Yutta Cuny-Franz Foundation, honorary award
Yutta Cuny-Franz Fondation, supporting prize

Designcenter Ishigawa, Kanazawa, Japan
Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Glasmuseum Hentrich, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Glasmuseum Lette, Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany
Holstebro Art Museum, Denmark, Holstebro, Denmark
Musée-Atelier du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
The Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
The Danish Art Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Swedish Handelsbanken’s Art Association, Stockholm, Sweden
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

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