"Homage to Katla" sold to The Danish Museum
of Decorative Art in Copenhagen.
At one point I felt I needed to make a tapestry that
was violent in expression.
I was very angry during the days I was working on the
sketch. And the anger had to come out, one way or
The tapestry became a homage to the volcano Katla on
Iceland. For long periods, Katla is locked in by big
masses of ice. Every once in a while it erupts, and so
violently, that the ice melts and washes away everything
man-made on its way to the sea.
I believe that the tapestry visualized the anger I
felt at that time.
While the tapestry was being made, the anger died
away. Then I had the surplus energy to put small animals
into the motif, so one could still see that it was one
of my tapestries.
Transforming something as violent as a volcanic
eruption into the given framework of a tapestry has been
June 24, 2003
Indkøbte værker. (Recent Aquisitions) Det Danske
Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, . 21 June – 31 August
Stokrosebanden. Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland, 21 June
– 3 August 2003
20 Years International Textile Art Graz. Graz,
Austria, 5 – 25 July 2003
Husets sommerudstilling. Huset, Asnæs, 19 July –
24 August 2003
Margrethe Agger og Oda Knudsen. West Zealand County,
27 October – 14 November 2003
Husets vinterudstilling. Huset, Asnæs, 22 November
– 14 December 2003
Margrethe Agger og Oda Knudsen. Pakhuset, Nykøbing
10 – 31 January 2004.
June 24, 2003
Margrethe Agger turns 60.
Margrethe Agger turns 60 on August 13, 2003 and can
look back on a fine career as one of Denmark’s
distinguished tapestry weavers.
Margrethe Agger established herself immediately after
the end of her education in 1966 with her own weaving
workshop. She made her break-through after a stay among
the Huastego Indians in Mexico, with the solo exhibition
"Report from Mexico" at The Danish Museum of
Decorative Art. In the years since, it has been a long
line of commissions in Denmark and exhibitions inside
and outside the country. Margrethe Agger is still fully
active as a tapestry weaver and has recently sold works
to The Danish Arts Foundation, The New Carlsberg
Foundation and The Danish Museum of Decorative Art
Margrethe Agger has a pronounced interest in teaching
and, through the years, it has brought her around the
country giving courses and lectures to more or less all
the weaving circles in Denmark. She has also taught at
The Aarhus Art Academy and The Danish Handicraft Guild’s
Teacher Training College. More recently, she has been
responsible for the development of the Albertslund
School of Visual Arts, which, in a period of about 10
years, she has brought forward to a position as one of
the finest in the country.
Margrethe Agger has also been very active at an
organizational level. Over the years it has resulted in
such jobs as chairman for the art group M-59, artistic
consultant for the municipalities of Gentofte and
Albertslund and West Zealand County, and most recently,
chairman for the organization European Tapestry Network.
Margrethe Agger moved to Sjællands Odde, a
narrow tongue of land jutting out into the sea on north
Zealand, in 1989. Here she has also had time to enjoy
her interest in the Danish knitting and wool tradition,
and in that connection, she has established one of
Denmark’s largest flocks of spelsau sheep, a
very old original breed of sheep from Norway.
The round birthday will be celebrated amongst family
at home on Sjællands Odde.
Read more about Margrethe Agger here.
July 8, 2003
Margrethe Agger selected Craft Artist of the Year in
The Regional Committee for Visual Arts, at a meeting
on April 8th, selected Margrethe Agger as
Craft Artist of the Year 2003 in West Zealand County.
In connection with the selection, The Regional
Committee for the Visual Arts has given Margrethe Agger
a prize of 10,000 kroner and, in addition, will buy one
or more of her works to a value of 15,000 kroner.
Presentation of the prize will take place in the County
Administration Building in Soroe on October 27th.
In connection with the presentation, an exhibition with
works by Margrethe Agger will be presented in the County
Administration Building. The exhibition will be shown
afterwards at Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland.
The Regional Committee for the Visual Arts has also
selected The Artist of the Year in West Zealand County.
This year’s choice was the painter and graphic artist
April 20, 2003