Anders Herwald Ruhwald

Adaptable Body - Blue White


glazed ceramic, DeWalt clamp

81x33x28 cm


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Anders Herwald Ruhwald (born 1974, Denmark) lives and works in Detroit, MI, USA and graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. Solo exhibitions include Unit 1: 3583 Dubois at MOCA Cleveland (USA); The State of Things at The Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen (Denmark); You in Between at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK) and more than 30 gallery and museum solo-shows in Asia, Europe and the USA as well as more than 100 group-exhibitions around the world. Ruhwald’s work is represented in over 25 public collections internationally including The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (France), The Denver Art Museum (USA), The Detroit Institute of Art (USA), The Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA) and The National Museum (Sweden). In 2015 Ruhwald was awarded a Knight Foundation grant (USA) to develop a permanent immersive installation inside an apartment in Detroit (USA), which opens later this year. He has also been awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennale (South Korea) in 2011 and the Sotheby’s Prize (UK) in 2007. Reviews include major publications in the Guardian (UK), (US), and the New York Times Magazine (US). Ruhwald has lectured and taught at universities and colleges around Europe and North-America. From 2008-2017 he was the Artist-in-Residence and head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA.

Artist statement:
“In my practice I work with clay mainly. Sometimes I make installations other times I make objects. Sometimes I make objects that go into installations. Sometimes I make installations that are made of objects.
I have always found it difficult to describe my practice in a few sentences. It seems to me that the description will change depending on when I am asked and where I am at in a specific cycle of organizing and making.
I have worked with ceramics since I was 15 and understand the mechanics of the clay process intuitively. It is a material that I use to think with. I think of it as an extension of the body - a material onto which I can record movement and intention. To me the physical presence of the work is an essential element and ceramics has amazing properties to convey this.
The materiality, weight, scale, balance, surface, colour, and at times the smell of the work is crucial to the reading of the work. At best, I would like the work to insert itself into the world and be present as any other everyday object might be. I care less about representation. The work needs a material presence and an ability to communicate directly because I would like the reading of the work to happen as much with the mind as it does with the body.”

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2017 The Hand is the Mind is the Bomb that Blows, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, CA
Glasur Stykker, Volume Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015 The Charred Room, Volume Gallery, Chicago, USA
2014 The View from the Sides of my Nose, Galleri Format, Oslo, Norway
You in Between, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
One Thing Follows Another (and you make it happen), Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
Almost Nothing, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2013 The View from the Sides of my Nose, Galerie Nilsson et Chiglien, Hong Kong.
One Thing Follows Another (and you make it happen), David Ousley Museum of Art, IN, USA
The Anatomy of a Home, Saarinen House, Cranbrook Art Museum, MI, USA
2012 Borderline, Gallerie Nilsson et Chiglien, Paris, France
2010 Temperance!, Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, New York, USA
2009 Almost Nothing, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Nästan Allting, Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden.
2008 You in Between, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
Anders Ruhwald 2004-07, Espace Grandjean, Vallauris, France
One is never so close to change when life seems unbearable in even the smallest and most everyday things, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago
Form & Function, Sixpm Project Space, London, United Kingdom
2007 We float in space and cannot perceive the new order, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
Form & Function, Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden
If all man’s products were well designed, harmony and joy would emerge eternally triumphant, Drud & Køppe Gallery, Denmark
2006 Frictions, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Wisconsin, USA
2005 Frictions, Rowlandcontemporary, Chicago, USA
2004 The State of Things, The Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, Denmark 2003 Galleri Puls, Bruxelles, Belgium,  Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen, Denmark


2018 At Large, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI, USA
2017 The new Domestic Landscape, Cranbrook Art Museum, MI, USA
2016 War Games, curated by Benjamin Godsill, Moran Moran, Detroit, MI
Copenhagen Ceramics, Galleria Salvatore Lanteri, Milan, Italy
2015 Showing off, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
2014 Future Tropes, Volume Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2013 Crafting a Continuum, ASU-Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA
2011 No Object is an Island, Cranbrook Art Museum, USA
Overthrown, Denver Art Museum, USA
WANI, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France
2010 Korero, Taipei Yingge Museum, Taiwan
Tendenser, Galleri F-15, Moss, Norway
2009 The illusion of reality, Bomuldfabrikkens Kunsthall, Norway
Dissolving views, The Cheongju Biennale, Korea
Irreverent, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
2007 Everyday, National Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
2006 Places, Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria
2005 54th Premio Faenza, Faenza, Italy
The Autumn Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
My Room, Sophienholm, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contain Memory, The Crypt, St. Pancras Church, London, England 2004 Generations, Rosenthal, Pinakotek der Moderne, Munich,Germany  Made in Scandinavia, Rikutstillingerne, Norway (2004-09) Stuff. Ingenuity and Critique. Harbour Front Center, Toronto,Canada Keramiske veje, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark  2003 The 2nd World Ceramics Biennial, Icheon, Korea 2002 The 2002 Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark 1998 K.E., Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark 1995 Poly-arte, Rungstedgaard, Rungsted, Denmark

2011 Gold Prize, Gyeonggi International Biennale, South Korea
2010 The Danish Art Foundation Three Year Working Stipend
2007 The Sotheby’s Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
2005 The Annie & Otto Detlefs Prize, Denmark

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
The Detroit Institute of Art, USA
The Denver Art Museum, USA
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
The National Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
The British Crafts Council
The Swedish National Museum, Stockholm

The Icheon World Ceramic Center, Rep. of South Korea
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
The Swedish Council for the Arts

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France
Cranbrook Art Museum, USA
Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen
The Danish Arts Council

Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

The Arizona State University Art Museum, USA
Collection de Sèvres – Cité de la céramique, France


3 Officine Saffi  Morfologie Delle Meraviglie

Morfologia delle Meraviglie

Morten Løbner Espersen, Paolo Gonzato, Kiasmo + Antonio Marras, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Loredana Longo, Shozo Michikawa, Johannes Nagel, Irina Razumovskaya, Alessandro Roma, Anders Herwald Ruhwald, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä

From 21 July 2019 to 18 August 2019

Sculptures From Casa Jorn  Officine Saffi

Sculptures from Casa Jorn

From 15 to 25 January 2019

Anders Ruhwald Casa Museo Jorn Officine Saffi 1

The Body, The Mind, This Constructed World

Anders Herwald Ruhwald

From 18 July 2018 to 30 September 2018


The thing in your mind


From 14 April 2018 to 22 June 2018

Officine Saffi Gallery Robert Cooper


From 27 November 2013 to 14 February 2014