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The tapestry weaver Margrethe Agger finds her motifs in nature. She paints with her yarns. The sky, the sea, animals, plants and stones are drawn upon and transformed into tapestries in glowing colours and in either a concrete or highly imaginative artistic idiom. Over the years she has gathered inspiration from Mexico, Lapland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and, most recently, from the surrounding countryside on Sjællands Odde, a narrow tongue of land that juts out into the sea on the north coast of the island of Zealand in Denmark.

Margrethe Agger was born in Copenhagen on August 13, 1943.


The Danish School of Art and Design, Copenhagen 1962-66.
Workshop practical at Astrid and Nobert Kahn, Gentofte 1966.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Rapport fra Mexico. Det Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark 1977
Margrethe Agger. Albertslund Rådhus, Denmark 1981, 1988
Margrethe Agger. Københavns Amt, Denmark 1988
Margrethe Agger. Nordens Hus, Torshavn, The Faroe Islands 1989
Margrethe Agger. Nordens Hus, Reyjavik, Iceland 1991
Margrethe Agger. Arctic Gallery, Tromsø, Norway 1998

Selected Group Exhibitions

Forårsudstillingen. Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling. Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark 1969-71
Aa-Udstillingen. Aarhus Rådhus, Aalborghallen and Aabenråhallen, Denmark
1972, 1984
Dansk Billedvævning. Skovgaard Museet, Viborg, Denmark 1972
Art group M-59. Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark since 1972
Danish Expressions in Textile. Traveling exhibition, USA 1975-77
Tektilkunst. Det Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen 1979
Cinq DanoisesCreateurs de Tapisseries. Maison du Danois, Paris, France 1979
Den Nordiske Tekstiltriennale. Traveling exhibition, Nordic countries 1979-80
Dansk Designkavalkade. Det Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen Denmark 1980
The International Textile Exhibition. Traveling exhibition, Austria 1981
Udsmykning af et skib. Nikolai Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark 1982
Rejseinspiration. Galleri Den Permanente, Copenhagen, Denmark 1983
3 tekstilkunstnere. Galleri Unicorn, Copenhagen, Denmark 1984
Natur og figure. Hjørring Kunstmuseum and Skovhuset, Værløse, Denmark 1984
Hav og himmel. Gudhjem Museum, Denmark 1985
Tråden binder. Esbjerg Kunstpavillon, Denmark 1986
12 danske billedvævere. Kunstforeningen af 1825, Copenhagen, Denmark 1987
Design au Danemark 1950-87. Traveling exhibition, France 1987-88
Tekstil og billedkunst. Dronninglund Kunstcenter, Denmark 1988
Saarilla. Traveling exhibition, Nordic countries 1988
Tekstil – i lange baner. Kunstmuseet Køge Skitsesamling, Rundetårn in Copenhagen and Kunstnernes Hus in Aarhus, Denmark 1990.
Art group Stokrosebanden. Kunstforeningen Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark since 1990
4 + 4. Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark 1990
ITNET. International Textile Network. Traveling exhibition, USA 1990-92
4 vævere. Bispegården, Kalundborg, Denmark 1991
Enhjørningen. Rundetårn, Copenhagen, Denmark 1992
Art group Billedsprog i Billedvæv. Gl. Holtegård, Holte. Denmark 1993
Skud. Kunstnernes Hus, Aarhus, Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland and Skovhuset,
Værløse, Denmark 1993
Art group Huset i Asnæs, Denmark since 1999
Art group Billedsprog i Billedvæv. Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark 1997
Dansk Gobelinkunst. Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark 1998
Danish Tapestry. Royal Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland 1999
Art group Billedsprog i Billedvæv. Kunstcenter Silkeborg Bad, Denmark 2000
Art group Billedsprog i Billedvæv. Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg and Sophienholm, Kgs. Lynby, 2001-02

Projects and Commissions

  • SID-School, Svendborg
  • Tranehaven, Ordrup
  • Strandlunden, Charlottenlund
  • M/S Dana Regina, DFDS
  • Kærbo Care Center, Ishøj
  • Stavnsholt School, Farum
  • M/S Scandinavia, DFDS
  • Senior Citizen’s Home, Tårnby
  • Marie Mørks School, Hillerød
  • Marselisborg Gymnasium, Aarhus
  • Næstved Gymnasium
  • Sofie School, Bagsværd
  • County Hospital, Nykøbing Sjælland
  • Grønnehave School, Nykøbing Sjælland
  • Egtved Town Hall
  • Albertslund Town Hall
  • The Old Farm, Glostrup
  • Skovgården, Fuglebjerg
  • The Association of County Councils in Denmark, Copenhagen
  • Krummerup Højskole


  • The Danish Arts Foundation
  • The New Carlsberg Foundation
  • The Danish Museum of Decorative Art
  • The City of Copenhagen Cultural Fund

Honours and Grants

  • The Handcraft Annual Prize 1972
  • The Danish Arts Foundation Working Grant 1972, 1977, 1986 and 2001
  • The Danish National Bank’s Jubilee Fund of 1968 in 1977
  • Henry Heerup’s Grant 1981, 1988
  • The Danish-Faroese Cultural Foundation 1989
  • The Supreme Court Lawyer David Fund for Relatives and Friends 1990
  • The Danish Contemporary Art Foundation 1998
  • Craft Artist of the Year in West Zealand County 2003


Employment and Elected Positions

  • Artistic consultant for the municipality of Gentofte 1974
  • Member of the organization committee for Den Nordiske Tekstiltriennale 1974-90
  • Chairman of the art group M-59 1983-88 and 1996-2000
  • Teacher at The Danish Handicraft Guild’s Teacher Training College, Copenhagen 1977-94
  • Teacher at The Aarhus Art Academy 1978-79
  • Artistic consultant for the municipality of Albertslund 1988-91
  • Leader of the Albertslund School of Visual Arts since 1991
  • Artistic consultant for West Zealand County 1997-2001
  • Chairman for European Tapestry Forum since 2001


  • Owner of Denmark’s largest flock of spelsau sheep – a very old original breed of sheep from Norway.

"Homage to Katla" sold to the Danish Museum of Decorative Art.

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Margrethe Agger turns 60.     
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Margrethe Agger is awarded the prize Craft Artist of the Year 2003 in West Zealand.

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