Cathrine Raben Davidsen


Cathrine Raben Davidsen is a Danish artist known for her ceramics, painting, drawings and textiles. Drawing inspiration from history, mythology and personal memory - her highly intimate pieces are marked by their strong narratives, vibrant use of color and delicate craftsmanship.

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Born in 1972 in Denmark, Davidsen received her MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, before pursuing her solo practice. Her methods are defined by her deep interest in the material, and varying her process each time -- from firings to glazes, materials and techniques. Inspired by Pre-Columbian terracotta works and ancient Japanese craft traditions, including special glazing techniques and raku firing - her ceramics offer a particular emphasis on simple formal expression and the beauty of the imperfect.

Davidsen’s work also focuses identity. Her own memories of her childhood home often feature in the works on an equal footing with myth and literature - like with her ceramic lamps, where curtain material from her childhood home is used in some of the shades.

Davidsen has had successful solo exhibitions in Denmark and internationally, and is represented in a wide range of museums and well-reputed private collections. She has made costumes and sets for the Royal Danish Ballet and has done numerous collaborations with SHOWstudio and Nick Knight. For Milan Design Week 2017 she presented a lamp collection with Milan-based Nilufar Gallery.
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Mess: Expressionism and Experimentation in Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition

Mess: Expressionism and Experimentation in Contemporary Ceramics

San Francisco, Nov 2019 - Jan 2020

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Education

1996-2003  The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995-1996  Vrije Academie GEMAK, Den Haag, The Netherlands

1994-1995  University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology

1991-1992  Instituto d´Arte, Lorenzo de Medici, Firenze, IT

Exhibitions

2017  “Triangle Collection” – Milan Design Week 2017, Nilufar Gallery, Milan, IT

2017  “Blå Spor” – Officin, Copenhagen,Denmark

2017  “SWOON” – Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark

2016  “Kenosis” – Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark

2016  “Gerda Wegener” – ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark

2016  “CHART” – Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016  “Wall Hangings, with Mamma Andersson, Michael Anastassiades”

2016  Märta Måås-Fjetterström Studio, Båstad, Sweden

2016  “Gifted People” – Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016  “A Beautiful Darkness” – Central St. Martins, London, UK

2015  “Viden for Alle” – ARoS, Aarhus, Denmark

2015  “Machine-A” – SHOWstudio, London, UK

2015  “Too Much of a Good Thing” – Nordic Contemporary, Paris, France

2015  “The Art Project- Royal Blue, Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen” – Tokyo, Japan

2015  “Losing Our Heads” – Munkeruphus Museum, Denmark

2015  “Collective Design Fair” – Vance Trimble, New York, USA

2015  “Kvinder” – Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark

2014  “Holbæk Art” – curated by John Kørner, Holbæk, Denmark

2014  “DADA idag” – ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark

2014  “Ud af Skabet” – Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Nivaa, Denmark

2014  “10.000 Hours, Trapholt” – Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark

2014  “Collective- The Nordic Influence” – curated by Glenn Adamson

2014  MAD, Museum of Art and Design, Vance Trimple, New York, USA

2013  “Smells like Memories – Maison Martin Margiela” – SHOWstudio, London, UK

2013  “Betroet Tvivl” – The Vejen Artmuseum, Vejen, Denmark

2013  “Zeigen: curated by Karin Sander” – Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013  “Andratx on Paper” – Andratx Kunsthalle for Contemporary Art, Mallorca, Spain

2013  “På Kant med Kierkegaard” – The National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013  “Kill one Bird with one Stone” – Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

2013  “The Harlequin Set” – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012  “House of The Ax, Kunstforeningen” – GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012  “WONDERS-Masterpieces from Private Collections in Denmark”

2012  “A Journey Through a Nordic Fairytale, Guided by In Voices” – New York, NY

2011  “Birds + Bees” – Linksoul Lab, Oceanside, CA

2011  “3rd Party” – Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011  “Group show with gallery artists” – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011  “1-4. A Private Collection of Contemporary Art” – ACC Showroom, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011  “Upstairs and Downstairs” – Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, Hjørring, Denmark

2010  “Identity & ART” – e-Types, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010  “Skateistan” – Copenhagen Skatepark, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010  “Summer in the City” – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010  “The Inkwell” – Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark

2009  “Remote Control” – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009  “Aktion/Auktion” – Den Hvide, Kødby, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009  “Real/Fiktion” – Clifford Contemporary, Daugård, Denmark

2009  “Palles Børnebørn” – Clausens Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009  “Alt dette og meget mere” – Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark

2009  “10 år med Færøernes Grafiske Værksted” – Vendsyssel Museum of Art, Hjørring, Denmark

2008  “Storyline” – Galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris, France

2008  “Cathrine Raben Davidsen and Li Jikaj, dARTex” – The Danish Art Exchange, Beijing, China

2008  “Kunst Giver Liv” – Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008  “Letterhead” – Chi Chi Potter, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008  “White Ink” – Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark

2007  “Voice of the Shuttle” – Schäfer Grafisk Værksted, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007  “Litografisk” – Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007  “Ten years of DANSK” – Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006  “Meta Morphoses” – Soro Art Museum, Sorø, Denmark

2005  “Heroides”-  Ama Gallery, Turku, Finland

2003  “Pen Pencil Poison” – Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark

Honorary Grants

Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, Appointed by HM The Queen II of Denmark

Anne Marie Telmányi Født Carl Nielsen Honorary Grant

H.H.Bruun Honorary Grant

Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation