All Time Textile: Anniversary Exhibition
Rydals Museum, Sweden
1st December 2019 - 1st March 2020
West Swedish pattern and textile artists have during their 60 years followed and experienced the role of textile art in the public space. In the anniversary exhibition, Rakel Persson will be amongst 57 artists to exhibit textile works that show the association's relevance for the position of textile art today.
VMT, West Sweden Pattern and Textile Artists, is a non-political non-political association for professional artists, formed in 1959. At an anniversary, the focus is on what has been, what is and what is to come. By looking back we can see the future. During the 1960s and 1970s, Swedish textile art was on the rise and many public embellishments were made in the textile materials and techniques. Today, they again see that textile art is gaining more space in the public space after being invisible for a few decades.
In connection with VMT's anniversary year, the exhibition wants to pay attention to both the association and its members, to those who have been with us since the start, to those who have just joined and to everyone in between. At the same time the exhibition will look at the conditions for textile artists in Sweden both forwards and backwards. It is the intention of the exhibition, through the association's 60 years, too highlight events, discussions, exhibitions, and more that may be relevant to contemporary conversations about the position of textile art today.
This will be an exhibition of different textile techniques from the clearest thin to compact weight, from narrative image to objects and installations.
The vernissage is on Sunday, 1st December, from 1:00pm. All are welcome.
Né Humain - Laurens, France
28th September - 10th November 2019
The picturesque Château Grézan in Laurens, France, will be exhibiting a group of Rakel Persson’s sculptures and works on paper in the Autumn of 2019. The works in this exhibition seek to answer the question of what do we do from our lives?, what governs our choices? These are some of the questions Persson continually seeks to answer in her work.
Persson is driven by a longing to plunge the depths of mentally deep water, searching for the inner "basins", where the subconscious's symbols and ambiguities govern. Her aim is to explore with an open mind the wordless labyrinths hiding within her, through the colours and the visual vocabulary of the form. The works in this exhibition aim to understand the present time, to ask questions, see opportunities and explore nature's healing power, whilst allowing the viewer to get lost and find their back along new paths, and with new insights.
The sculptures and pictures in thsi exhibition speak, if you have time to listen!
See more about Rakel and Château de Grezan in a short film www.grezan.net/proximity-container-item/0/31
Château de Grézan Centre Art & Culture
34480 Laurens, France
All are welcome on the opening night, 28th September 2019, from 16.00
Being Human - Varberg, Sweden
6th June - 26th August 2018
Gallerihamnmagasinet, in Varberg Sweden, will be showing a group of Rakel Persson’s sculptures, works on paper and poems, in an exhibition that explores, identity, the human condition, and it’s resilience. The works being shown in Being Human offer illustration to the surrealist Leonora Carrington’s observation, that “the task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope.” From every vantage point, her sculptures prompt the viewer to open up to their imaginations and possibilities.
Being Human has been curated by Joanna Holmström with the generous support of the city of Varberg.
Pure Autumn Arts Fair - Battle, United Kingdom
Rakel Persson has been invited to exhibit five unique sculptures in the prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair, in Battle, UK, between the 7 and 15 October. Rakel's work continues to explore identity and the journey of the individual, by reimagining her memories and dreams through the shadows and colours of nature, while exploring the possibilities that result from the metamorphosis of animal, human and plant.
The PURE Autumn Art Fair is a selected art fair showcasing the brightest upcoming and more established talent. Curated by Lesley Samms, it features the work of some sixty artists working across all fine art media including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass.
CEBENNA (2016) - Installed in Béziers, France December 2016
Rakel’s monumental figure of Cebenna (2016), first seen in her Mouv’Art installation of June 2016, is now on permanent view at the Théâtre des Franciscains in Béziers, France.
Théâtre des Franciscains
13 Bis Boulevard Bertrand Duguesclin, 34500 Béziers, France
Cebenna is now a part of the permanent collection of The City of Béziers, and was installed in the Théâtre des Franciscains in December 2016, with the support of La Mouche: Lieu d’Art Contemporain. Cebenna tells the story of the mythical protectress of the City of Béziers, whose outline can be seen in the hills north of the city, in the outline of Mt. Caroux.
Rakel’s re-imagining of this ancient myth has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in felted wool, creating a life sized figure that is both rooted to the landscape of the Hérault where she rests, while also appearing on the verge of taking a life restoring breath of air.
CONTEMPORARY VENICE - LIQUID International Art Show
15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017
Rakel Persson's enigmatic and evocative La Robe Amoureuse (2016), first seen in her MOUV'ART 2016 installation in Beziers, is now being exhibited in the stunning Palazzo Flangini in Venice.
La Robe Amoureuse will hang in the historic Palazzo Flangini on the iconic Grand Canal, where it will sway to the gentle tides of the city's waterways, standing as both a testament to the rich history of textile trade and production that helped make Venice great, and the beauty, romance and longing that are now synonymous with the city.
It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with VALORIZZAZIONI CULTURALI | ART-EVENTS, is proud to announce the opening of CONTEMPORARY VENICE – It’s LIQUID International Art Show, international exhibition of architecture, photography, painting, video art, installation and performance art, will be held in Venice, at the prestigious Palazzo Flangini, from December 16, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
The opening of the event will be on December 16, 2016 at the Palazzo Flangini, starting from 06:00PM (free entry).
MOUV’ART 2016 - A Street Installation Project
1st June to 5th June 2016
The street event MOUV’ART was held in Béziers, France, in 2016. It was the first time the event has been held outside of Marseille since it's founding. Mouv'Art took place in the Allées Paul Riquet, Place de la Madeleine, Place du Forum (Mairie), and La Devèze, quartier l’Iranget, between the 1st June and 5th of June 2016.
MOUV'ART is an arts festival that brings artists into dynamic urban spaces where they can showcase their work. Using shipping containers as “stages” for the artists, visitors are transported to unusual locations throughout Béziers, while bringing art to places where they would least expect to see it.
Rakel Persson was offered a container in the event, one of 23 artists to be invited this year. In an exciting collaboration, Rakel was sponsored by La Mouche: Lieu d’Art Contemporain.