Soneva Fushi Hosts Visual Artists for Maldives Glass Exhibition. Tobias Møhl and Maria Koshenkova will visit as part of artist-in-residence program

 

Two leading European visual artists will be visiting Soneva Fushi in February and March 2017, to create an exhibition of artwork made exclusively from recycled glass materials and other objects found at the luxury resort in the Maldives.

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Danish glass artist Tobias Møhl’s glass vessel (above, left); Russian visual artist Maria Koshenkova’s “Frozen Leader” (right)

The renowned Danish glass artist Tobias Møhl will be visiting from February 10-March 2, while the acclaimed Russian visual artist Maria Koshenkova will be visiting from March 24-April 14. Their visits are part of the resort’s Featured Artists program, which has recently welcomed such acclaimed glass and visual artists from around the world as Maestro Lino Taliapietra, Martin Janecky, Howard BenTre, and Flavie Audie.

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Tobias Møhl‘s work focuses on sculptural forms that are clearly informed by the lineage of functional glass vessels. The complex visual patterns in his work can be traced to the techniques of the Venetians, yet his subtle and sophisticated palette set him apart. Commenting on his work, the New York Times has written: “The work of Tobias Møhl… impresses sotto voce with small bowls crisscrossed with infinitesimal threads of color. Combining an extraordinary technical mastery of his craft with an exquisite level of taste, he successfully translates a historically Italian glass-making idiom into his own, distinctly Scandinavian voice.” Møhl’s work is included in collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, NY; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany; the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and other public and private collections in the USA and Europe.  A studio artist and teacher, Tobias Møhl works and resides in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
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Born and raised in St Petersburg, Russia, Maria Koshenkova currently lives and works in Denmark, where she runs her atelier ‘Koshmar’ in the heart of Copenhagen. Her work reflects influences from both Russia, where she grew up, and Scandinavia, where she was shaped as an artist. She uses glass in combination with other materials such as wax, wood, ceramic tiles, concrete and drawings to create art pieces that establish concrete and fragile equilibriums between what is real and abstract, defined only by its own form. Koshenkova also aims to show the propensity for violence and the need for harmony as the two pillars of being human, with glass emphasizing this fragile balance of our nature. Her work, created out of glass (itself a transparent media) aims to reflect and embody the border between an existing and non-existing reality.
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Since 2006, her works have been exhibited internationally, including major exhibitions of contemporary glass in Europe, such as the International exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa; the Coburg Glass Prize in Belgium; the Ebeltoft Glass museum and Sophienholm Denmark, as well as museums including the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Holstebro Art museum in Denmark, the Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg, the LENTOS Kunstmuseum in Austria, and Islip Art Museum in the United States. Her sculptures have been represented by the Clara Scremni Gallery in Paris, which showcases contemporary glass and ceramic work in Europe.
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Tobias Møhl will be in residence at Soneva Fushi from February 10-March 2, 2017, and Maria Koshenkova will be at the resort from March 24-April 14, 2017. They will work from Soneva Fushi’s world-class Art and Glass Studio and the work produced will be on sale at the on-site boutique.
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Soneva owns and operates Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Soneva in Aqua, an ultra-luxurious yacht, was launched in the Maldives in 2015 and sails out of Soneva Fushi.
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For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com. More information about Soneva’s art program can be accessed at: http://www.soneva.com/soneva-art/featured-artists/.

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