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Beyond G(l)aze
KODE, Bergen, Norway | January 23rd - April 12th, 2015

Beyond G(l)aze aims to give insight into how a selection of Norwegian and Chinese artists transform clay into exiting works of art, and to show the strong position of ceramics in international contemporary art. The featured works represent similarities and differences between two cultured that are often perceived as very different. China’s ceramic tradition dates back several thousand years, whereas Norwegian ceramic history is considerably shorter and simpler. Tradition can signify identity and strength, but it can also increase the pressure of expectation. It can be defied or emphasized, but no matter what, it is there. The exhibition shows how artists with diverse ceramic standpoints choose to meet the challenges posed by clay – technically, artistically, and in terms of craftsmanship – and how their works are reflections of Norwegian and Chinese history and contemporary life.

Exhibiting artists
Ingrid Askeland (N)
Lu Bin (C)
Liu Danhua (C)
Feng Feng (C)
Huang Huanyi (C)
Liu Jianhua (C)
Steinar Haga Kristensen (N)
Torbjørn Kvasbø (N)
Nils Martin (N)
Anne Helen Mydland (N)
Irene Nordli (N)
Linn Pedersen (N)
Lu Pinchang (C)
Corrina Thornton (N)
Ai Weiwei (C)
Chen Xiaodan (C)

Curatorial team: Feng Boyi and Wang Dong (China), Heidi Bjørgan and Bjørn Inge Follevaag (Norway)
Producer: Norwegian Crafts
Collaborating partners: Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum and KODE
Photo documentation: Dag Fosse | KODE