24.11 – 05.12.2009
The Norwegian ceramic artist Magne Kvilstad (1925-1991) was a major figure back in the days of Scandinavian design, whose work was displayed at the important design Triennial in Milan, as well as at several other leading exhibitions of contemporary applied art. A gold medal gained for one of his works in Prague in 1962 was a career highlight.
As a child of the Scandinavian design era, Kvilstad was also inspired by Japanese aesthetics, making both unique works and series that carry lines from tea ceremonies. He probably also had a living role model in Danish ceramic artist Axel Salto, producing some brutally organic, almost sculpture-based ceramics.
Magne Kvilstad’s legacy was reintroduced by the design gallery Utopia Retro Modern in 2009, showing a large retrospective exhibition of his production, in collaboration with his family.