SALTO. Master of Stoneware

The spring exhibition at Øregaard Museum presents the Danish artist Axel Salto’s (1889-1961) world-famous stoneware. The exhibition presents more than 100 works split between stoneware, porcelain and drawings, which in turn are complemented by prints, graphic design, books and paper. A number of important works from both museums and private owners in Denmark and abroad will be included in order to tell the story of Salto’s ceramic oeuvre in the context of his wider artistic practices.


The Master of Stoneware
Salto is well-known as one of the 20th century’s most important practitioners of ceramic art. Before he devoted himself to ceramics, he trained as a painter and printmaker at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. During the 1910s, he was a unifying force in the modernist breakthrough in Danish art as, amongst other things, the founder and editor of the progressive journal Klingen (‘The Blade’). At the beginning of the 1920s, he developed his painterly practice with his colleagues and friends Karl Larsen, Svend Johansen and Vilhelm Lundstrøm in the group known as ‘The 4’.


However, Bing and Grøndal’s preparations for the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris caused Salto to become involved with clay modelling. Initially he worked with porcelain clay, but, from the end of the 1920s, stoneware became his material of choice. He reworked the stoneware in new and unconventional ways and pioneered the use of modernist ideas within ceramics. Today, Salto is particularly known for his original work with shapes and glazing in the ‘fluting’, ‘budding’ and ‘sprouting’ styles, which have become iconic of his stoneware.


The exhibition is curated by Øregaard Museum and organised in collaboration with CLAY – Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark.