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"Jan Groth: A Retrospective"
2001-04-01 until 2001-06-27
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Tokyo, , JP

As one of Norways leading artists, Jan Groth has had exhibitions within Northern Europe and throughout the world, including a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1986. He is best known for his tapestry work that extends the boundary of craftwork. Characterized by monochrome, abstract designs, Groths works exhibit a warm, delicate textural quality that contrast with their gigantic size and muteness, producing an inexplicable beauty that cannot be found in paintings. Latest as well as early works will be on view (tapestries, drawings and sculpture).

Many readers of the Hara Museum Review will remember Extended Points: Three Contemporary Artists from Norway, an exhibition jointly organised by the Hara Museum and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo and held at the Hara Museum in 1997. The same museums have joined together again to present Jan Groth: A Retrospective in 2001, held this time at Hara Museum ARC.

Next autumn, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo will organise a large- scale retrospective of Groths work that is scheduled to travel to museums in Europe and North America. The present exhibition was jointly organised as a preview of this larger show. It features 16 large-size tapestries ranging up to seven meters in length, 12 beautiful, linear bronze sculptures, and a dozen or so drawings. Groths delicate, tranquil works are sure to form an exquisite ensemble with the simple spatial beauty of Hara Museum ARCs design by Arata Isozaki. - Atsuo Yasuda, Curator, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art


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