In the exhibition Collecting Then and Now for Later, we present a collection of works by the ceramic artist Kari Christensen (1938-97). These works were recently given to SKMU by the artist’s husband, architect Knud Larsen. Christensen was born in Kristiansand and was a contemporary of the well-known raku ceramicist Grete Nash. She was an innovator of Norwegian porcelain in the 1970s, for instance through her leaf-thin, irregular objects which she created in unique and personal ways. In the 1980s and ‘90s she worked more sculpturally and experimentally using different types of clay firing.
This large donation, exhibited in its entirety, reveals several areas of Christensen’s artistic practice – from design to ceramic experiments, and from lyrical nature motifs to ritualistic symbolism.