Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has acquired a remarkable ceramic piece called ‘Nightfall’ (2014) by Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, thanks to the generous support of the Contemporary Art Society.
Since 1947, the Contemporary Art Society has gifted more than forty paintings, drawings and ceramics to Swindon Museum and Art gallery, many of which feature in their current exhibition, ‘Gifted’.
This latest acquisition, Nightfall, is a ceramic nest made of black antlers, speckled acorn eggs and delicate butterflies. It is inspired by woodlands and Scandinavian folktales and will be on display at the Museum and Art Gallery from 12th February.
Rasmussen was born in Denmark in 1973 and has lived in London since 2009, when she studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art. In 2018, she was a resident artist at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for six months, where she created new ceramics inspired by the French 16th century Potter Bernard Palissy. Her work has featured in Ceramic Review, Crafts magazine and the Observer. In 2019, she has a solo exhibition at Messums in Wiltshire and at Arter Museum in Istanbul.