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Stine Bidstrup - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Stine Bidstrup is a Danish glass artist and art historian whose practice delves into the ideology of optical phenomena and theories of both chaos and utopia. Working across studios in Denmark and Sweden, Bidstrup’s sculptures are made from mouth-blown colored glass fitted to plaster molds while in a molten state. They emerge from their molds as craggy architectural models and jagged artificial landscapes. Utilizing technology in conjunction with traditional techniques, Bidstrup often produces digital prints on the interiors of her sculptures. She applies scrawled lines, intricate networks, and map-like web patterns in this manner, allowing drawn forms to show through beneath layers of glass.

Bidstrup’s interest in the early twentieth-century utopian teachings of Paul Scheerbart and the architect Bruno Taut’s visionary proposals serves as a foundation for her forms as well as the thrust of her philosophical inquiry. The materiality and vibrant hues of her glass sculptures recall many of Taut’s drawings while materializing the fantastical literary descriptions of floating crystal cities detailed in Scheerbart’s 1914 manifesto Glasarchitektur. These historic meditations on urban planning occurred at the onset of World War I and, as such, were never realized—a fact that provides Bidstrup with ample room to reinterpret their ideas in her series “Architectural Glass Fantasies,” produced over a century later.

Bidstrup has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art’s School of Design on Bornholm since 2009, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2015. Together with fellow Copenhagen-based glass artists, she founded the collaborative studio Luftkraft Glass Studio in 2007, and has exhibited nationally and worldwide for the past 15 years. In 2018, Bidstrup joined the exhibition council at the Glass Museum Ebeltoft, and in 2021, she was selected as the curator of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial. 


b. 1982, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019     BA in Art History, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006     Post-Baccalaureate (honors) in Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2004     BA in Glass, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Design, Bornholm,

2020     Focus: Stine Bidstrup, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
             Architectural Glass Fantasies, Gallery FUMI, London, UK
2018     Architectural Glass Fantasies: Utopia Materialized, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2015     To Present What Has Already Past, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
             Madison, WI
2013     Knotted Narratives, X-rummet, The HOUSE in Asnæs, Denmark
2012     Award Recipient of 2012, Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark Rupert’s Chaos, BOX
             Gallery, Lynfabrikken, Aarhus, Denmark
2011-2012 Studies in Search of Order and Chaos, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Denmark
2010     New Work, Galleri Jytte Møller, Fredericia, Denmark
2009     When the Earth Reflects,The HOUSE in Asnæs, Denmark
2008     Sense of Reflection, Agallery, Copenhagen, Denmark We Map Ourselves Inside of It,
             Tesch & Hallberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2024     GLAS!!! Danish, Experimental Glass Art, Kunstetagerne Hobro, Hobro, Denmark
             Indeterminate Objects, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI
2023     Generation Why, Risør Kunstpark, Risør, Norway
             Growth + Form: Gallery FUMI at 15, Gallery FUMI, London, United Kingdom
             The Salon Art + Design with Gallery FUMI, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
             Studio Glass from Denmark, European Museum of Modern Glass, Kunstsammlungen
             der Veste Coburg, Germany
             FOG Design+Art with Hostler Burrows, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
2022     The Future is Present, Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
             Homo Faber, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice, Italy
             Matter at Hand, Hostler Burrows, Los Angeles, CA
             New Glass Now, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
             Structures from a Molten World, The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk, Sweden
             Autonomous Zones, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
             Autonomous Zones, BWA Wroclaw Galleries of Contemporary Art, Wroclaw, Poland
             Detox—Clean it up!, Östergötlands Museum, Linköking, Sweden
             Handmade, Gallery FUMI, London, United Kingdom
2021     Curator of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial, Kai Art Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
             Melting Point, Heller Gallery, New York, NY & Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
             Matter at Hand, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
             Homo Faber, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore Island,Venice, Italy
             Mindcraft Project 2021,Virtual platform, Copenhagen, Denmark
             Passage at The Byre, Bullseye Projects, Latheronwheel, Scotland
             New Glass Now,The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
             Washington, DC
             The Biennale for Craft and Design, Museum Koldinghus, Kolding, Denmark
             A Vase is a Vase is a Vase, Hempel Glass Museum, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
             Glass Art—Art in Glass, Galleri Montan, Copenhagen, Denmark
2020     It’s Good To Be Home, Gallery FUMI, London, UK
             The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
             Opening Exhibition, Holmegaard Glass Factory, Næstved, Denmark
             The Palace,The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden Gallery FUMI for Sotheby’s Preferred,
             Sotheby’s Preferred Members Room, London, UK
             Detox—Clean it up!, Rejmyre Art Lab Residency Exhibition, Rejmyre, Sweden
             Intersect Aspen 2020 with Heller Gallery, New York, NY, virtual viewing room
             Intersect Chicago 2020 with Heller Gallery, virtual viewing room

2019     New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
             47th Intl. Glass Invitational Award Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
             Now & Then: Moments in Glass History,Toledo Museum of Art,Toledo, OH
             SOFA Chicago with Heller Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
             BRAFA Art Fair with Clara Scremini Gallery, Royal Depot, Brussels, Belgium
             Art Market San Francisco with Heller Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             13th Intl. Glass Symposium Novy Bor, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague,
             Czech Republic
2018     SOFA Chicago with Heller Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
             The Salon Art + Design with Heller Gallery, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
             Scandinavian Glass—Starting All Over, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Denmark
             New Scandinavian Glass, Vessel Gallery, London, UK
             Art Palm Springs with Heller Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
             Show Up, RØM Exhibition Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
             Pop-up exhibition at the National Workshops for Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
             AIR in S12—A Retrospective, S12 Gallery and Studio, Bergen, Norway
2017     SOFA Chicago with Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
             Scandinavian Glass—Starting All Over, The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden & The Finnish
             Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland
             Glass Weekend with Heller Gallery,Wheaton Arts Center, Millville, NJ
             Mapping Denmark II: Luftkraft, Grønbechs Gård, Denmark
             Summertime ’17, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016     Great Danes—Danish Glass from Modern Factory Design to Contemporary Art,
             Glazenhuis Flemish Center for Contemporary Glass Art, Lommel, Belgium
             Europa grenze(n)loos glas, Glasrijk Tubbergen 2016, Holland
             FUNN, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway
             Mapping Denmark II: Luftkraft, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Denmark
2015     The Process—The International Glass Prize 2015, Glass Museum Glazenhuis, Lommel,
             The Soul and the Pawnshop, Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA
             Danish Glass '15, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Denmark
             European Glass Experience, Museo del Vetro, Murano, Venice, Italy
             Pop-up exhibition, Studio 0601-0603, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison,WI
The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Ernsting Stiftung, Coesfeld, Germany
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
Hempel Glass Museum, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
The Art Association of August 14th, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Art Association of The Swedish Handelsbank, Stockholm, Sweden

2021     Inga & Eivind Kold Christensen’s Honorary Award
2018     Four x SOFA Special Merit Awards, Chicago, USA
2012     Hempel Glass Prize 2012, Denmark
2010     The Danish Arts and Crafts Award of 1879, Denmark
2007     The Danish Art Foundation Honorarium, Denmark
2005     Rhode Island School of Design Fellowship, USA Talente Prize for Design, Germany

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