Hannah Ryggen. Weaving the World

12 June 2015–4 October 2015

The National Gallery

Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970) is one of the most significant Scandinavian artists of the twentieth century. Her tapestries are visual responses to major and minor events, conflicts and processes. She captured the world in her weaving. In the early 1930s, she addressed fascism and the destructive consequences of Nazi power. Violence and abuse are visualised in an idiom reminiscent of modern, critical history painting. Her narrative drive goes hand in hand with a free accentuation of abstract patterns, shapes and colours. The exhibition echoes a broad renewal of interest in Ryggen’s figurative and highly captivating modernism internationally. It is produced in collaboration with the Moderna Museet in Malmö.