On the afternoon of Oct 14, 2023, the exhibition "Dependence – A Solo Exhibition of Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅" hosted by Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts opened at the Art Museum of GAFA in university town. Curated by Feng Boyi and Tan Hongyu, the exhibition showcases 23 ceramic works of "Tubular Sculpture" and "Pile" created by Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ in recent years, as well as one on-site improvisational work.
Live improvisation of clay creation
Fan Bo, President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, CAI Yonghua, Vice President, Artist Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅, Hege Araldsen, Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Guangzhou, Gao Gao, Deputy Director of the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Lu Bin, Professor of the School of Design, Nanjing University of the Arts, Ruan Xiaoka, Director of Guangdong Shiwan Ceramic Museum, ceramists Zeng Li and Zeng Peng, Zhong Gang, Editor-in-Chief of Edge Oven, Wang Huangsheng, Director of the Research Center of the New Art Museum, Li Yong, Dean of the Graduate School, Wu Duan, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office, Xie Xuan, Director of the Research and Creation Department, Hu Bin, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Peng Xindong , Deputy Director of the Party Office, Feng Feng, Dean of the School of Transmedia, Liu Ke, Deputy Director of the School of Painting and Qi Zhe, Dean of the School of Arts and Crafts The opening ceremony was attended by Professor Wei Hua of the Academy, Associate Professor Jin Shenghua, Associate Professor Wang Qi of the School of Arts and Crafts, Deputy director Hong Rongman of the Art Museum, curators Feng Boyi and Tan Hongyu, and addressed by Fan Bo, Hege Araldsen, Qi Zhe, Feng Boyi and Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ respectively. The opening ceremony was presided over by Chen Xiaoyang, executive deputy director of the Art Museum.
Chen Xiaoyang, Executive Deputy Director of Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy
of Fine Arts, presided over the opening ceremony
Fan Bo, president of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, mentioned in his speech: "As a major participant in the Norwegian contemporary ceramic art movement in the 1970s, Mr. Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ is unique in his innovation in pottery technology and exploration of artistic expression of ceramics, and has always been committed to promoting the contemporary development of Norwegian ceramic art and the mutual learning and exchange of the international contemporary ceramic art community. This exhibition not only helps to stimulate the productivity and creativity of contemporary ceramic art and ceramic industry in the Pearl River Delta region, but also builds a bridge between China and Norway to enhance mutual understanding, academic exchanges and close cooperation between the two countries in ceramic art."
Fan Bo, President of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, delivered a speech
Ms. Hege Araldsen, Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Guangzhou, said: "Mr. Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ is a very important ceramic artist in Norway. His hometown is in a small town called Venabygd, and his art has taken him to different parts of the world. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, he often visited China to participate in exhibitions, conduct master classes and hold seminars, and maintained close contacts with Chinese art schools and artists. Cultural exchanges are an important part of the relationship between Norway and China. It helps build bridges and increase understanding between our two peoples. We are excited to see this project bring our artists and art lovers together to explore the infinite possibilities of ceramic art."
Hege Araldsen, Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway in Guangzhou,
delivered a speech
Dean Qi Zhe delivered a speech on behalf of the School of Arts and Crafts: "In this era, ceramic art has been further developed, and many 'pioneering' works have emerged that have amazed the art world and made great breakthroughs in all aspects, bringing us rich and profound artistic enjoyment and spiritual inspiration. Mr. Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ is one of them. He consciously turns the creation of ceramic art closer to personal emotions and feelings of The Times. Through continuous research on materials, techniques and burning methods, he gives the works a more internal and essential spiritual power. The organization of this exhibition and related workshop activities is a strong support for the teaching of ceramic art design in the School of Arts and Crafts of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and it is also one of the high- level achievements of the international ceramic art exchange activities of our school. I hope that through this high-level exchange, the teachers and students of our school will be encouraged to continue their exploration. To truly show the fresh breath and aesthetic logic from China and the East in their creations."
Dean Qi Zhe, on behalf of the School of Arts and Crafts,
delivered a speech
The curator Feng Boyi delivered a speech and guided a tour. He said, "The theme of this exhibition is called 'Dependence'. The so-called 'Dependence' refers to the meaning of a person's body, which is attached and occupied by other soul bodies besides its own soul. In my opinion, the 'Dependence' of Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ outside the body is the 'magic' of his art, or the balance that the soul of art attaches to and resides on his body. Today's exhibition at the Art Museum of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts can be said that he has been consistently committed to ceramic art for more than 40 years, and through his 'craft', in the burning of earth and fire, stacking and directly presenting his' magic'."
Curator Feng Boyi delivered a live speech
The artist Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ thanked his colleagues at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and mentioned in his speech: "I am very grateful for the friendly and professional reception I have experienced in China, especially in Guangzhou. A big thank you to the staff of the Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and the School of Arts and Crafts, who have worked so hard for this exhibition."
Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ delivered a speech
On the occasion of this exhibition, Mr. Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ donated two works "Stacking No. 20" and "Tube No. 17" to GAFA for collection. The donation ceremony was held at the opening ceremony, and Vice President Cai Yonghua presented Mr. Torbj∅rn Kvasb∅ with a certificate of collection of works. The exhibition will last until November 5th.
Vice President CAI Yonghua presents Tobien Cavasbo with
a certificate of collection of works
Curator Feng Boyi guides visitors
Curator Tan Hongyu guides visitors