Brit Fuglevaag

Brit Fuglevaag by Magne Ove Varsi

Brit Fuglevaag is one of Norway’s most prominent figures within the field of textile art. Born in Kirkenes and raised in Trondheim, she now lives and works in Oslo. Fuglevaag studied textile art at Statens Håndverks- og kunstindustriskole, now the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, (1959–1963) and continued her studies at the art academy in Warsaw (1963–1964).

In the 1960s, Fuglevaag changed the Norwegian textile art scene with her fresh perspectives on what textile art could be through her own artistic practice influenced by experiences from the art scenes of Poland and France. Her work was considered radical in terms of material, form, and construction. Fuglevaag’s artistic practice embodies her personal political engagement through found materials that are being reused and weaved into experimental artworks.

Since her debut at Høstutstillingen (an annual, juried exhibition held at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo) in 1965, Fuglevaag has had several solo and group exhibitions in Norway and internationally. Her work is represented in the collections of The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, KODE in Bergen, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø, American Wind Symphony Orchestra in the USA, Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm and in the Oslo municipal art collection, among others.

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