Marga Knaven

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Marga Knaven

Her work is about folding, wrapping and connecting.
She uses these methods to find the relations between writing, language and reality.
Initially her specialization was ceramics, she plied thin, small porcelain cloths. Testing the limits, she added colors and patterns to this delicate material.
Her recent work comprises translating this quest into very different materials such as plastics, aluminum and rubber. This transition results in an increasing size of her pieces.
Using rubber sheet, bands of polymers and aluminum, she creates large physical volumes with a psychological charge. There appearance is often uncomfortable and displays odd elements. These create the sense that not everything is exactly what it appear to be.
The natural – without any emphasis or doubt- manner in which the sculptures claim their space is the most surprising element in the recent work of Marga Knaven.

 

Boijmans van Beuningen
Several years ago a number of her objects were acquired by the renowned Dutch Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam:
Tea sets with met whimsical cups and saucers. Nowadays she works with near transparent, wafer-thin ceramic 'cloth', folded, draped, crumpled, apparently frozen ... Beautiful!

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

1956 Born in Arnhem,The Netherlands

1984 Royal Academy for Arts and Design 's-Hertogenbosch ,The Netherlands

1984 Werking period Keramisch werkcentrum Heusden ,The Netherlands

1984 Startstipendium fonds BKVB

1986-now Working as a ceramics teacher at a several of centers for fine arts

1995 Working period at the European Ceramics Work Centre (EKWC) 's-Hertogenbosch The Netherlands

2007 Working period at the EKWC 's-Hertogenbosch ekcw

EKCW Mraga Knaven EKCW Mraga Knaven EKCW Mraga Knaven

"I search for the ultimate space in a sheet of porcelain. Carefully manipulating the material I have manage to fold and bend without breaking".". (see for more pictures EKCW under "Work")

Exhibitions

2014 Summer expositions, Stevenskerk, Nijmegen

2013 Exposition Black & White, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem

2012 Galerie Z, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2012 HomeExposition Guest Gertjan van der Stelt, Tolkamer, The Netherlands

2012 Gertjan van der Stelt, Leusden,The Netherlands

2011 CEBIKO Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale, South-Korea catalogue

2010 Art Gallery Z, solo exhibition and lecture, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2010 Art Gallery Agnes Raben, Vorden, The Netherlands

2009 Cebiko, Icheon City, South-Korea

2008 Perron-Art award of the city of Frankenthal, Germany

2008 St. Joseph Art Gallery, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2008 Art Gallery Montana Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

2008 Art Gallery Help U Zelve, Winterswijk, The Netherlands

2007 Art Gallery Z, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2006 Art Gallery Z Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2005 Art Gallery Z, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2005 Art Gallery Groot Welsden, Margraten, The Netherlands

2005 Art Gallery St. Joseph, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2004 Art Gallery Mosa, Katwijk a/d/ Maas ,The Netherlands

2004 SBK Gelderland, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2008 "Porselein in kleur" Art Gallery St. Joseph, Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands

2003 St. Joseph Art Gallery, Leeuwarden The Netherlands

2002 "Ode aan Mieke" OHRA, Arnhem The Netherlands

2002 Art Gallery Beeldlijn, Amersfoort The Netherlands

2002 Art Gallery Z, Nijmegen The Netherlands

2001 Art Gallery In de Praktijk, Zeist, The Netherlands

2001 St. Joseph Art Gallery, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2000 Art Gallery Z, Nijmegen , The Netherlands

1999 Art Gallery Vromans, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1999 Art Gallery Amphora, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands

1998 "Hier-De-Reis-Daar" Art Gallery van den Crommenacker, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1997 Art Gallery Z Nijmegen, The Netherlands

1996 Art Purchase Province of Utrecht, Mondriaanhuis Utrecht, The Netherlands

1995 Art Gallery van den Crommenacker, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1995 Art Gallery Beeldspraak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1995 Art Gallery Desco, Kortemarkt, Belgium

1994 Art Gallery van den Crommenacker, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1994 Art Gallery Albion Putti, Groningen , The Netherlands

1993 Art Gallery Z, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

1993 Art Gallery De Pol, Pannerden, The Netherlands

1992 Art Gallery van den Crommenacker, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1991 "Schriftuur in Klei" Art Gallery Amphora, Oosterbeek , The Netherlands

1990 Manifestatie Keramiek '90, Spijkenisse , The Netherlands

1989 Museum for Modern Art, Arhhem, The Netherlands

1989 Dutch Applied Art, Groningen, The Netherlands

1989 Art Gallery Het Kapelhuis, Amersfoort , The Netherlands

1988 Biënnale International d'Art Céramique, de Vallauris, France

1988 Art Gallery Amphora, Oosterbeek, The Netherlands

1998 "European Coffee Cup", Brussel, Belgium

1998 Streekmuseum Gennep, Gennep, The Netherlands

1986 "Exempla Jugend Gestaltet", München, Germany

1986 "44 Concorsa della Ceramica", Faenza, Itali

1984 "Nature and Sculpture", Eersel, The Netherlands

 

 

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