Uhra-Beata Simberg-Ehrström



Winter Classic 2016 – Uhra-Beata Simberg-Ehrström at Elverket January 30th – April 3rd 2016

The year 2016 begins with the second Winter Classic exhibition at Galleria Elverket, which focuses on the work of Uhra-Beata Simberg-Ehrström. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in 35 years.

Uhra-Beata Simberg-Ehrström (1914–1979) is one of the best-known Finnish textile artists, her ryijy rugs, in particular, are known around the world. Simberg-Ehrström won prizes at four successive Milan Triennials, in 1951, 1954, 1957 and 1960. She also represented Finland at Expo 1967 in Montreal, winning a prize for her ryijy titled Metsä (Forest).

Simberg-Ehrström, who began her career as a ceramist, worked as a prototype designer at the Friends of Finnish Handicraft from 1937 onwards, but also designed applied textiles, for instance, for the textile companies Tammisaaren villa and Tampella. Her colour vision is legendary, and made the colour world of her ryijys quite exceptional. Since her commemorative exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts in 1980, the only more extensive showing of her works was the 2005 exhibition of pieces by Simberg-Ehrström and her father, the artist Hugo Simberg, at the TR1 space in Tampere.

The exhibition will show Uhra-Beata Simberg-Ehrström’s artistic multi-facetedness, with ryijys, sketches, applied textiles, ceramics and other objects shedding light on different aspects of the artist’s life and work. The ryijys in the exhibition are mostly private owned, including those from Tuomas Sopanen’s substantial collection. From its collections the Design Museum is lending both textiles and rarely exhibited sketches for ryijys and other textile works.

The exhibition will be at Elverket 30.1–3.4.2016 and then at the Ostrobothnian Museum in Vaasa in summer 2016. The exhibition has been curated by Juha-Heikki Tihinen, and produced by the Pro Artibus Foundation together with the Design Museum and the Ostrobothnian Museum.