Our HQ art collaborations
Art and design have been embedded in the corporate culture of Kvadrat since the company opened for business in 1968.
Our art collaborations have always been moved by a passion for contemporary art and the belief in its power to inspire us and challenge our view of the world.
In recent years, we have become more and more interested in the practice of commissioning by inviting artists to our HQ to produce a piece of work in response to the surroundings.
By doing this, we ‘bring home’ the experience of supporting art projects in institutions around the world, landing it gently back where it all started and making it into a daily source of inspiration for our employees, our customers and the local public alike.
In 2012, Kvadrat invited landscape architect Günther Vogt and artist Olafur Eliasson to reinterpretate the grounds surrounding the headquarters to accommodate the site-specific work Your glacial expectations, which in 2017 was joined by the landscape intervention House by Swiss artist Roman Signer.
Your Glacial Expectations
The landscape surrounding the Kvadrat Headquarters in Ebeltoft is designed by architect Günther Vogt and artist Olafur Eliasson. This addition is a permanent outdoor installation encompassing five unique elliptical mirrors designed by Olafur Eliasson.
The mirrors resemble ever still glacial basins; they differ in form yet are set in horizontal alignment and positioned amongst trees, shrubs and wildlife. The interplay between an untamed wilderness and serene garden is explored in the conceptualisation of the surrounding landscape. On slight elevations in the broad meadows are small but dense gatherings of trees, clearly delineated in their oval form.
The piece transforms and enhances the experience of the grounds as a whole as well as our relationship with them.
House by Roman Signer
This commissioned site-specific work consists of a stylised house made of steel, with an inverted roof that forms a basin collecting rainwater, which is led out by a pipe, creating a temporary fountain. Subverting the idea of the house as a place of shelter, House fulfills its own mysterious purpose in the landscape.
The artist Roman Signer has participated in prestigious international art exhibitions such as Documenta in Kassel (1987), Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997) and the Shanghai Biennale (2012).
Besides House, Singer had made additional collaborations with Kvadrat. Including two momentary installations, called Tuch and Bogen, and the performance Flying and Painting.
Pavillions by Thomas Demand
Art meets architecture in this latest addition to Kvadrat HQ. The initiative for the Kvadrat Pavilions was Anders Byriel inviting Demand to create a building for Kvadrat in Ebeltoft.
Thomas Demand is an internationally renowned artist and a reoccurring name on the list of Kvadrat’s art collaborations. He has earlier examined architecture's role in exhibiting art through his own work, but never created an actual building. With the task of making a building for a textile company, one of Demand’s initial associations were tents, because of their textile heavy construction. Eventually, this idea led Demand on a wide research that showed the rich and its multifaceted societal role and function throughout time.
The Pavilion will be an asset to the HQ, adding yet more art to the premises for locals, employees, and visitors to see.
The Kvadrat Pavillons are currently under construction and are expected to be completed by spring 2022.
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