+45 21 619 246
Peder Skrams Gade 7, Kld.Tv.
1054 K. Copenhagen
Adidas + Kvadrat, Kvadrat, Norse Projects, Vipp, FDB Møbler, The David Collection Museum for Islamic and Danish Art, Stilleben, Bang & Olufsen/B&O, Bodum, HAY, Paustian, Georg Jensen Damask, Netto, DSB (Royal Danish Railway), IKEA, Kopenhagen Fur, Royal Copenhagen, Agnes b., Paris - ESPRIT Home New York, ESPRIT/Collection Düsseldorf, EGE Tæpper.
Like the minus locked inside the plus
Simplicit, sincerity, uncompromising, unique
Strong/subtle, sophisticated/punk, perfection/flaws
Only a wholeness can be achieved by capsulating the essence of opposites
by conciously choosing inclusion over exclusion by choice,
in order to complete, not by calculation but by nature.
Danish textile artist and designer Vibeke Rohland was born in 1957 in Gladsaxe-Søborg outside Copenhagen. As a child, she took up embroidery, knitting and crochet because she was fascinated with the textures and colors created by the thread and the yarn. That child would go on to study art history at the University of Copenhagen, and then textile design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1986. The same year, she received a grant that enabled her to travel to Paris for two years where she hand-painted fabrics for use in haute couture and interiors for Eliakim Création des Tissus.
Between 1981 and 1989, Rohland helped to launch and run the experimental gallery KONGO, where she and her colleagues collectively ran exhibitions year-round and published the art, music and poetry magazines KONG and ATLAS. In 1994, the Danish Ministry of Culture invited her to participate in the São Paolo Textile Biennale and in 1995, she received a grant from Nationalbanken to develop a dozen tapestries in Oaxaca, Mexico. That same year, Rohland launched her own studio to produce abstract work at the intersection of art, craft and design.
Since then, Rohland has been designing everything from linens, curtains and t-shirts to scarves and porcelain patterns for respected brands that include Hay and Georg Jensen Damask, Ikea and Agnes B. Kvadrat produces her upholstery fabrics and drapery, Paustian her bed linens and graphical umbrellas while, for FDB Møbler, she has created a damask tablecloth, bed linens and throws made in cashmere and wool. She has fashioned table linens for Royal Copenhagen, upholstery for the DSB Royal Danish Railway and tapestries that billow with the passage of theater-goers for The Royal Theatre. Her client list also includes Stilleben, Bang & Olufsen/B&O, Bodum, Kopenhagen Fur and ESPRIT Home New York, among others.
Meanwhile, Rohland has been exhibiting hand-painted, printed, embroidered, woven and knit patterns on felt, paper, linen, cotton, silk and more, in world-class art venues, including the Borås Museum of Modern Art in Sweden and the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Her work has been collected by the Design Museum Denmark, Focke-Museum Bremen and Neue Sammlung München.
Rohland’s work, which evolves from minimal, abstract motifs--pluses, minuses, dots and squares--to which she returns repeatedly, has been published in the International Design Yearbook (1997 - 2002, 2007), Frame magazine (July/Aug. 2000), Scandinavian Style by Ingrid Sommer (Carlton Books Ltd. 2003) and INSPIRED, a book about how creative people think, work and find inspiration (BIS Publishers, 2005).
Supported by numerous grants from institutions such as the Danish Arts Fund (3-year working grant 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 1996), the Danish Art Workshops (1996, 1992, 1987) and the National Bank of Denmark Jubilee Fund (2015, 13, 12, 08, 06, 01, 1999, 97, 94, 86), as well as Kvadrat A/S (2012), Danish Crafts (2012, 1998) and the Toyota Fund (2008), Rohland was also named Artist of the Year in 1992 by the Bikuben Fund.
She has been a guest lecturer in graphic design and textiles at universities in Sweden and Denmark, including the University Textile College of Borås, the Danish School of Media and Journalism, the Design School Kolding and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.
In 2014, Rohland’s artist book The Hole Story was exhibited at Nivaagaard Samlingen, each page composed of collages, experiments, brushstrokes, screenprinted images and stitching, pattern-play that unfolds in black and white dots and lines across pages that are each a world unto themselves and yet part of a larger story told in the language of abstraction.
In April and May 2015, Rohland’s solo CrossRoads exhibition opened at the Superobjekt Gallery Copenhagen, including two tapestries, Scott and BlackWhite, painted and screenprinted on industrially produced upholstery (a previous Rohland design for Kvadrat) and denim, respectively, in order to contrast the subtle and exaggerated, the flawed and flawless, the mass-produced and the unique.
In May 2015, at Copenhagen City Hall, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe, Rohland was awarded the 138-year-old Hetsch Medal, the country’s highest arts and crafts honor, for her silk-screened Crossroads’n Gingham textile. Based on the traditional gingham pattern (a lightweight woven, double-sided, repeat of squares) she printed this piece from dots of thickly layered white ink painted on a single side of the material, giving the piece the weight of a tapestry and, despite its apparent regularity, no repeat.
During the summer of 2015, two of Rohland’s CrossRoads tapestries (Scott and BlackWhite) were juried into The Biennale for Craft and Design 2015 at Slottet, Carlsberg Byen. The preparatory work for which as well as other works, were typically executed in materials matching her temperament, such as ink, pastel and oilbar.
In the early fall of 2016, Rohland’s solo exhibition at Copenhagen’s SORT BLAEK Gallery showcased the screenprinted white brush strokes of her Road/trip tapestry and pieces painted on a dishtowel fabric she had designed for Georg Jensen Damask. These pieces represent unstructured movement through a landscape and embody a consciousness of forward movement, self-expression and the serendipity offered by both challenges and opportunities along the way.
In 2017, Rohland revisited knits, integrated into her practice as a representational element 20 years before, in a juried group show entitled ISTHISKNIT. The new pieces, Aero #5/Red and Aero#5/Blue, featured a screenprint of the oversize image of a knit on velour, turning a 3D texture into a 2D pattern, punning on a union of pictorial representation and handcraft.
In June 2017, in a collaboration with Adidas, Kvadrat applied Rohland’s Squares fabric, a pattern made up of dots, to a pair of limited-edition Stan Smith sneakers, bringing together the products of two iconic international brands with Rohland’s meticulous artisanal process.
In a project that began in 2000 but continues today, Rohland applies her unique process, blending craft and design with art, to her BlackStar screenprints. BlackStar riffs on her signature plus-sign in offset layers of overlapping hand-mixed pigment to form a blunt star on heavy paper. Through this prolonged exploration of color and form, she tests the limits of her materials and media, and allows repetition, abstraction and variation to reveal the potency of color and color combinations generated by only the smallest degrees of difference. The ongoing project, like all of Rohland’s work, considers some of the most fundamental components of our material culture, while searching for unlimited self-expression within the confines of a limited form.
Shonquis Moreno is a writer who lives and works in the Bay Area, contributing to publications such as Wallpaper, Departures and Kinfolk. A former design editor for Frame, Surface and Dwell magazines, she also writes books on topics ranging from window display, product design and branding to architecture, interiors and travel.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
◾2016 SORT BLAEK, “ RoadTrippin’ ”. 15 Sept. – 11 Oct. Copenhagen.
◾2015 Superobjekt, Gallery. “CrossRoads” 10.04. - 03.05.2015.
◾2014 Finance Counsil. Paper, acrylics. CrossRoads and silkscreen prints.
◾2012 Contemporary Art Galleries, UCONN. USA. 5. nov. – 7. dec. “CrossRoads”. University of Connecticut.
◾2009 The Royal Theater Skuespilhuset. “Roads”.
◾2003 Danish Design Center. “Sign-Lingo”, 5 January - 4 April 2003.
◾2000 Paustian, Copenhagen, Denmark.
◾1999 Gallery The Hand and The Spirit, Scottsdale, Arizona. “TheHoleStory #2”.
◾1998 Officinet. Danish Arts and Crafts. “PillMe”.
◾1998 Borås Konstmuseum. Sweden. “TheHoleStory”.
◾1996 Esbjerg Art Museum. “Modern and Abstract Archaeology”. Excecuted at The Danish Art Workshops.
◾1995 ESPRIT Flagship store Copenhagen and selected ESPRIT shops world wide. “StandStills 2”
◾1994 Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand “StandStills1”.
◾1992 Rampen Bikuben “Stof Til Brug1”. Artist of the year, lithograph at Edition Copenhagen.
◾1991 KONGO. “StofTilBrug2”. Copenhagen.
◾1988 KONGO. “StofTilBrug1”. Copenhagen.
◾2022-23 National Crafts Museum, New Delhi. “Tradition is Contemporary. Danish Textile Craft in Art and Design”
◾2022 Augustina Kunsthall. “In A Slow Manner” Curator H. Noermark.
◾2021 Maison du Danemark/Le Bicolore. “In A Slow Manner” Curator H. Noermark.
◾2017 Enigma Copenhagen. “IS THIS KNIT”.
◾2016 Designmuseum Denmark. “Danish Design Now” Curator Lars Dybdahl.
◾2015 The Danish Cultural Institute in Sct. Petersborg.
◾2015 The Castle, Carlsberg. “The Biennale 2015”.
◾2015 Gustav Friedric Hetsch Medal 1879. Silvermedal + Travelgrant. Exhibited at Officinet.
◾2015 Butik for Borddækning. Copenhagen. Invited.
◾2015 Svends Bibliotek”Lige i Skabet” Artist Book Exhibition. Curated by Nina Kleivan, Svend Danielsen, Anne Marie Ploug and Hjördis Haack.
◾2014 Museum Nivaagaard ”Ud af Skabet” Artist Book Exhibition.
◾2007 The Biennale for Design and Craft, Trapholt.
◾2006 Round Tower. Stoftrykker og Væverlauget 60 år, Jubilee Exhibition, Invited.
◾2005 EXPO Japan. PlusMinus collection, produced by Hay.
◾2004 Danish Crafts Collection.
◾2001 Danish Crafts Collection.
◾2000-01 Design vom Nachbarn/Dansk Form, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamborg, Slovenien/Ljublijana: Galleri Jacopiceva and Danish Architecture Centre. Coordinator Danish Crafts. The Danish Center for Architecture.
◾2000 SAK, Artbuilding, Svendborg.
◾1999 Danish Crafts Collection.
◾1998 Sinn und Form, Neue Samlung Berlin. Curator Richard Sapper.
◾1983 Triennale Internationale de Tournai. Tapisseries contemporaines, anciennes et arts du tissu des pays nordique.
◾1998 Danish Crafts Collection.
◾Various, Galerie Annemarie, Copenhagen.
◾1997 Design mit Zukunft, Focke-Museum Bremen, Curator Philippe Starck.
◾1997 Mad & Ske & Skål, Gallerie Tactus + The Danish Arts Foundation.
◾1997 The Biennale for Crafts and Design. Kunsten, Museum of Modern Art Aalborg.
◾1995 Sophienholm. ”Dansk Design Aktuel”,. Curator Lars Dybdahl..
◾1995 Designmuseum Denmark. The Biennale for Crafts and Design.
◾1994 Textile Biennale Sao Paolo, Brazil. Appointed by Ministry of Culture Denmark to represent Denmark. Went to Brazil with Curator senior Researcher Mag. art Vibeke Petersen, Professor Claus Carstensen and Weaver AnneMarie Egemose. Residency at Danish Art Workshops.
◾1992 Charlottenborg Castle Autum Exhibition. By invitation. 6 tapestries. Residency at Danish Art Workshops.
◾1987. Design Museum Denmark. “Textilmanifestation”.
◾1987. Charlottenborg Castle. “Spring Exhibition”.
◾1984 Krasnapolsky “KONGO Presents” with members of the exhibition group KONGO.
◾1984. Sophienholm. “Goethe i KONGO”.
◾1983 Frederiksborg Museum of National History. “Grundtvig and Denmark”. Room decoration. Exhibition Director Architect Peter Læssøe Stephensen.
SELECTED ARTICLES & LITTERATURE:
◾HÅNDVÆRK bookazine no. 2 – The Textile Issue 2020. Interview p. 34-43.
◾Carl Hansen & Son. Catalogue 2018. Spokesperson DK p.174-175.
◾BlackStar 1-180 / Vibeke Rohland. Text by Writer and Editor Shonquis Moreno N.Y. and Professor Jean Givens, University of Connecticut. December 2017.
◾Danish Art Prints 2014.
◾Crossroads, folder with text and interview by Professor Jean Givens at University of Connecticut.
◾International Design Yearbook 2007, 2002-1997.
◾INSPIRED -a book about how creative people think, work and find inspiration, BIS Publ. 2005.
◾YOTORINO, Japan, 2005.
◾Scandinavian Style by Ingrid Sommer, (introduction, spreads and flaps). Carlton Books Ltd. 2003.
◾The Eco Design Handbook, Thames and Hudson 2003.
◾VISION Design and Art magazine, Shanghai 2003.
◾FRAME, 3 spreads, July/aug. 2000.
◾Design vom Nachbarn, catalogue 2000. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
◾The Hole Story, catalogue, 1998 Borås Konstmuseum. Text by Museum Director Elisabeth
◾Häglund and Mag. art. Malene La Cour Rasmussen.
◾Tekstilkunst i Danmark (Textileart in Denmark) 2008-2018, 1998-2008, 1988-98.
◾Dansk Design Aktuel, Curator: Head of Library and Research Mag. Art. Lars Dybdahl. Catalog for exhibition at Sophienholm 1995.
◾Textilmanifestation, Danish Design Museum 1987.
◾Kraks Blå Bog since 2005 /WHO´S WHO www.blaabog.dk
◾The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, member of the Society of Artists.
◾BKF. The artists society DK
◾Danish Arts Foundation 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 3 year working grant 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 1996, 1994, 1991, 1988.◾L.F. Foghts Fund
◾Danish Arts Foundation/Project Fund 2022, 2020, 2014.
◾George Jorck and wife Emma Jorck ́s Fund 2019
◾Ellen og Knud Dalhoff Larsens Fund 2019
◾Ellen og Knud Dalhoff Larsens Fund, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Fund, Bestles Fund, Beckett Fund. Publication of book ”BlackStar 1-180” dec. 2017
◾The Hetsch Silver Medal of 1879 (Bronze and Silver) 2015.
◾The National Bank of Denmark Jubilee Fund, 2022, 2019, The Appreciation Scholarship 2015, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2006, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994, 1987.
◾Kvadrat A/S 2012.
◾Danish Crafts 2012, 1998.
◾Toyota Fund 2008.
◾The Danish Art Board 1998.
◾Jyllands Posten 1995.
◾UniBank Fund 1996.
◾Gerda Hennings Mindelegat 1995.
◾Center for Danish Arts 1995.
◾Ole Haslunds Art Fund 1992.
◾Bikuben Fund, Artist of the year 1992.
◾Danish Art Workshops 2021, 2020, 2019, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1988.
◾L.F. Foghts Fund 1992.
◾Tuborg Fund 1987.
◾Knud Højgårds Fund 1993, 1985.
◾Den Reiersenske Fond 1987.
◾Workshop for Casa San Augustin, Oaxaca March 2023. Supported by Projektudvalget The Danish Arts Foundation.
◾Jury member. 2020 Real Danish Design Award.
◾Mentor. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Danish Arts and Crafts Society,
◾Adidas + Kvadrat colab 2017. Stan Smith shoes with Kvadrat fabric design by Vibeke Rohland. Squares in production since 2008 at Kvadrat.
◾Research project and concept. FiberSign – Nonwoven, 2002. Technology and design development with weaver Bodil Jerichau.
◾KONGO 1981-1991. Member and collaborator of the experimental gallery KONGO. The gallery was run collectively with exhibitions all year round and magazine KONG featuring art, music and poetry.
◾Guest lecturer. University Textile College of Borås, Candidate Professor at the Textile Dept. 2004/2005.
◾Guest teacher. Danish School of Media and Journalism, Copenhagen. Graphic Design – color and form. 2000.
◾Design School Kolding. Textiledepartment and Fashion. 1990-96.
◾Censor The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Design. Design School Kolding.
◾Jury representative 1999 Biennale for Design and Crafts.