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



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, taly

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017   Blå Spor, Officin, Copenhagen,Denmark
2017   SWOON, Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark
2016   Kenosis, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark
2015   Losing Our Heads, Munkeruphus Museum, Denmark
2013   The Harlequin Set, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012   House of The Ax, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010   The Inkwell, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark
2009   Remote Control, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008   White Ink, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark
2007   Voice of the Shuttle, Schäfer Grafisk Værksted, 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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   Triangle Collection, Milan Design Week 2017, Nilufar Gallery, Milan, Italy
2016   Gerda Wegener, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
2016   CHART, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2016   Wall Hangings, with Mamma Andersson, Michael Anastassiades
2016   Märta Måås-Fjetterström Studio, Båstad, Sweden
2016   Gifted People, Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store, Copenhagen
2016   A Beautiful Darkness, Central St. Martins, London, UK
2015   ARoS, Viden for Alle, 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   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
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
2012   WONDERS-Masterpieces from Private Collections in Denmark
2012   A Journey Through a Nordic Fairytale, Guided by In Voices, New York, USA
2011   Birds + Bees, Linksoul Lab, California, USA
2011   3rd Party, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen
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
2010   Skateistan, Copenhagen Skatepark, Copenhagen
2010   Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
2009   Aktion/Auktion, Den Hvide Kødby, Copenhagen
2009   Real/Fiktion, Clifford Contemporary, Daugård, Denmark
2009   Palles Børnebørn, Clausens Kunsthandel, Copenhagen
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
2008   Letterhead, Chi Chi Potter, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007   Litografisk, Valby, Denmark
2007   Ten years of DANSK, Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen

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