Aase Texmon Rygh. Modernism forever!

7 March 2014–28 September 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art
Final week!

For the first time, The National Museum presents a solo exhibition of works by Aase Texmon Rygh (b. 1925), one of the most important pioneers in modern Norwegian sculpture.

Texmon Rygh found her artistic vision at an early point, remaining faithful to it throughout her career. With exceptionally strong determination, she arrived at a simplified and abstract form of visual expression at a time when naturalistic sculpture still had a dominant place in Norway. Esthetically, her work is more in line with an international modernist approach than that typically found in Norway.

Her studies at The Royal Academy of the Fine Arts in Copenhagen at the end of the 1940s, as well as a trip to Paris in 1950, were important steps on the road ahead. In Denmark, sculpture had evolved in the same direction as painting through abstraction and simplification. In Paris she was able to experience European modernism and, perhaps equally decisive, the simplified shapes of ancient sculpture in the Louvre.

Texmon Rygh is particularly known for her Möbius sculptures, a series of works characterised by a highly simplified and condensed form of expression, based on the mathematical Möbius shape. This formal principle emerged after many years of experimenting with a narrow group of motifs. Texmon Rygh subscribes to the principle of less is more. Nothing is left to chance, and great attention is given to the properties of the material.

In recent years, Texmon Rygh has received increasing national and international recognition. In 2001 she was appointed Officer of the Order of St. Olav, and in 2012 was represented at the leading international art exhibition dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.

“Aase Texmon Rygh. Modernism Forever!” demonstrates the wide range of Aase Texmon Rygh’s work, including sculptures from the 1950s up to the present day. Sketches, models and other documentation material from her lifelong artistic career convey the story of one of Norway’s first modernists.

Map of public art

Aase Texmon Rygh has received a number of commissions for public sculptures in Norway. An interactive map with information and images of these artworks accompanies this exhibition.