All works are created with Anne Vilsbøll’s own paper made of natural fibers
Anne Vilsbøll is a Danish visual artist. She lives and works in Denmark and India.
Anne Vilsbøll’s art is the result of intense innovative and inspirational research into the hidden potential of paper as a tool for modern means of expression. She has been acclaimed as one of the pioneers among a number of remarkable artists who during the past sixty years have searched to revive the lost form of the ancient craft of papermaking as a contemporary art form.
Handmade paper art remains a beacon of hope for Anne Vilsbøll to sustain our modern generation with the belief that we can remain comforted that art continues to revive ideological mythology in the present modern times we live in. Her art orders and constructs from chaos to provide us with visions of a metaphysical world and which at the same time continues to create a bridge between the past and the present.
Dr. Bogomila Welsh‐Ovcharov, art historian
All of her works in paper have an experimental quality that is innate to their making for they are created of material that the artist makes herself. This can be understood as a kind of tautological rigor: the material that constitutes the form being itself the product of artistic imagination. Numerous installations and commissions confirm Vilsbøll’s ability to handle the challenge of scale. It should come as no surprise, that her most formally innovative and most delicately beautiful intervention in public spaces takes place in the context of a true collaboration with architects and clients, a.o. Rolex (with Zingg + Partner LTD), Skaering Church, north of Aarhus, DK( with architect Johannes Exner) Maerks Delft Ferry (with Steen Friis Design, Cph. DK, Norfolkline). For all her ability in working in public space, we must not overlook Anne Vilsbøll’s more intimate pieces, emerging from the same creative wellsprings as her large-scale productions. Intuition and sensibility, never limited to the superficial, the colours are bright, energetic, built up from the inside in mostly abstract compostions. The painting shows her ability to modulate saturation-transparency, shine-matte, dark-light, contrast, hue without dilution, mixing, spreading and tactility. This is what it means to master a medium.
Rachel Stella is an independent scholar based in Paris, France
NEWS & coming exhibitions
Paper,Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum, DK, February 11 – May 28, 2023
Paper – a cross-cultural voice, Khasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India, February 18 – March 18, 2023, curator and exhibitor
Under tiden, Gallery Helle Knudsen, Stockholm, November 19, 2022 – January 21, 2023
Paper – a cross-cultural voice, The Art Center, Silkeborg Bad, DK, October 1, 2022 – January 8, 2023, curator and exhibitor
Silent Transformations / The Unusuality of the Ordinary, Gallery Roedhusgaarden, Jutland, DK July 9 – August 14, 2022,
Paper has a Memory, Birthe Laursen Art Agency, Gilleleje, DK, June 3 – July 23, 2022
Containers of Life and Death, exhibited at the International Paper Triennial at Stadtmuseum Deggendorf, Deggendorf, Germany.
Oct. 3, 2021 – Mar. 6, 2022
May 8 – June 20, 2021: Laboratorium, Gallery Carl Art 78, Eckernfoerde, Germany
July 11 – Sep. 5, 2021: Laboratorium, Dronninglund Art Center, Denmark
July 1 – Aug. 15, 2021: Origin & Destination, The Paper Academy, Gilleleje, Denmark
Sep.11. – Nov. 6: Galeri Beddington in Seillans, France
Exhibition Day of the Dead – celebration of Life in the Process Room at The Paper Academy.
Artists: Emilie Lundstroem,Azul Ehrenberg and Anne Vilsboell
Visits: after appointment Nov. 2020
The Paper Academy
The Paper Academy is a meeting place for art as a process, an event and an experience between people.
The Paper Academy focuses on handmade paper as an artistic means of expression. Handmade paper honours the demands made by artists for a material in all practices: painting / graphics / sculpture / photo / installation / music / performance / fashion / furniture / interior / architecture / artists books.
The purpose of the Paper Academy is to fill a void, to facilitate, stimulate and bring new paper dynamics into play, to challenge conventions, to create knowledge, insight and a humanistic bridge in our technological community through courses, symposia, lectures, art events, exhibitions, open house events and art residencies.
Workshops will take place via international, professional artists and professionals in the many aspects of paper, the core of which will be the testing of the inherent properties of plants/ cellulose and its use as material for artistic production. Experimentation, research and alternative approaches that are open and not closed are central.
The language of paper
Edition Heede & Moestrup
A journey through Anne Vilsboell’s life with paper, where ever –
changing surfaces emerge and are lifted out of water again and again.
An exclusive richly illustrated work with English text on 352 pages, linen – binded with dust cover. Price: 90 U.S. Dollars or 66 Euros + postage.
The book is available at Louisiana Museum, Arken, Kunstforeningen Gl.Strand, Kunstindustrimuseet, Denmark, or can be ordered: mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imaginal Cells, part I and II, by Thomas Agergaard, musician and composer