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Merete Barker was born on 17 August 1944 in Birkerød, Denmark. In the years 1966-1973 she studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under the supervision of professors Egill Jacobsen and Richard Mortensen. From 1976-1981 she was affiliated with the Datalogical Laboratory at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. From 1977-1989 she was a member of the group Ny Abstraktion [New Abstraction], and since 1989 she has been a member of the Danish artists’ co-operative Grønningen.

Solo Exhibitions:

2012: THE LANDSCAPE UNDERGROUND, area: 9x3x0,9meter, is an installation, subsidized by The Danish Arts Council.
The installation is part of the exhibition: JUST BEFORE DAWN together with Viera Collaro and Margrete Sørensen.
The exhibition will take place at Cisternerne – The Museum for Glass Art, Søndermarken, Frederiksberg, Denmark, February 2nd – November 25th 2012.

THE FORGOTTEN CITY, a large scale painting, will be shown at the GRØNNINGEN exhibition, at Kulturkajen Docken in Nordhavn, Copenhagen Ø, April 14th – May 6th 2012.

2009: Visions of Earth and the Cities, Kulturhuset, Skanderborg
2005: Kastrupgaardsamlingen, Copenhagen
Randers Museum of Art
2002: Quo Vadis, Sophienholm, Kgs. Lyngby
2000: The City as Image, the Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
Energiens Spor, Svenske Villa, Gentofte
This is my India, Galleri Hummeluhre, Århus
Spejlinger/Spiegelungen, Museumsberg, Flensburg
1999: Spejlinger/Spiegelungen, The Art Museum in Tønder
Cityscape, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
1997: Galleri Hummeluhre, Århus
1996: Energiens Spor (with Viera Collaro), Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense
Konsthallen, Göteborg
Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted
1995: Energiens Spor (with Viera Collaro), Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense
1994: Vejle Art Museum
Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
1993: Galleri Hummeluhre, Aarhus
Galleriet, Växjö
1992: Copenhagen Gallery of Contemporary Art GAMMEL STRAND
1991: Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
1990: Galleri Hummeluhre, Aarhus
1988: Palæet, Roskilde
Herning Art Museum
Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
1987: Galleri Hummeluhre, Skjoldelev
1986: Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted
1985: Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen
Hand in Hand Galleries, New York
1984: Galleri Nørballe, Copenhagen
1982: Gallerihuset, Copenhagen
1981: Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen
1979: I.E. Grafik, Copenhagen
1977: I.E. Grafik, Copenhagen
1974: Galleri 38, Copenhagen

Group Exhibitions:

2009-10: Grønningen på Docken, Copenhagen
2008-09: Ruiner, Fascination og Fantasi, Koldinghus Museum.
2008-09: Ruin – Vision, Vejle Art Museum
2008: Grønningen, Bornholm Art Museum
2007: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2006: Grønningen, Charlottenborg
2005: Grønningen, Charlottenborg
2004: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2002: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2001: Rum 2001, Ny Abstraktion, Arken, Ishøj
Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2000: kf175.com. Kunstforeningen gennem 175 år, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen
Carnegie Art Award – Nordic Painting 2000, Konsthallen, Helsinki; Henie-Onstad Art Center, Oslo; Konstmuseet, Gothenburg; Sophienholm, Kgs. Lyngby
Konstakademien, Stockholm
Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1999: Farvefænomener – bemalinger i dansk skulptur 1947-1998, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Huntenkunst, Doetichem, Netherlands
Cities on the Move, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
1998: Groβe Kunstausstellung, Düsseldorf
Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
X-positioner, Museumshallen, Copenhagen
1997: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Tidevand, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1996: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1995: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Europe: Creation & Re-creation, Mücsarnok, Budapest
Danish Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Beijing, China
1994: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1993: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Vejen Art Museum
1992: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1991: Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1990: Halmstad Konstmuseum, Sverige
Grønningen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1989: Herning Art Museum
Grafiska Selskabets Galerie, Stockholm
Uttersberg Museum Galerie, Uttersberg
1988: Black and White, Lintas, New York
25th Anniversary Art Auction, Newport Harbor Art Museum of California
Eventyrhaven, Odense
1987: KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
Overgaden, Copenhagen
Kunst på vandet, Copenhagen
1986: Intericon, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Funen Art Museum, Odense
Herning Art Museum
1985: Henie-Onstad Art Center, Oslo
4th European Graphic Biennale, Baden-Baden
The Non-Objective World, Kamikaze, New York
Kunst I byen, Nikolaj Church, Copenhagen
1984: KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
The Nordic Arts Centre, Sveaborg
De Danske, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
1983: Projekt 18, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Funen Art Museum, Odense
National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
1981: “Ny Abstraktion”, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
1977: KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
Funen Art Museum, Odense
1976: Sophienholm, Lyngby
1973: KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg

Public Art:

2010: University of Aarhus names an auditorium after Merete Barker. The auditorium accommodates the artwork ”LABYRINTEN OG BJERGET” (The Labyrinth and the Mountain). Acrylic on canvas. 510 x 360 cm.
2009: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna
2007-09: Skanderup Church, Skanderborg
2007: H.C. Ørsted Institute, University of Copenhagen
2003: Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Amager
1997: ATP-huset, Hillerød
Ladegårdsparken, Holbæk
1996: Aarhus University
1995: Aarhus University
District Heating Plant, Engesvang
University Library, Växjö
1991: Finsen Building, University Hospital of Copenhagen
Danmarks Miljøundersøgelser, Risø
Nykredit, Copenhagen
Karup Airport, in collaboration with Thorkil Ebert
1990: Danisco, Copenhagen
1989: Sandbakken, Skåde
Handelshøjskolen, Aarhus
P&T Giro, Høje Tåstrup
1986: IBM, Allerød
1984: Specialarbejderskolen for Aarhus og Omegn
Frederikssundsvejen School, Copenhagen

Represented:

Danish Parliament
National Gallery of Denmark
Vejle Art Museum
Randers Museum of Art
The Art Museum in Tønder
Trapholt Art Museum Kolding
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
HEART, Herning Art Museum
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Ny Carlsberg Foundation
Danish Art Foundation

Grants and awards:

2005: The Sven Hols Scholarship
1999: The Anne Marie Telmany Prize
1998: The Danish Arts Foundation’s Lifelong Artist’s Grant
1997: The Ole Haslund Artists’ Foundation
1995: The Eckersberg Medal
1992: The Tagea Brandt Travel Scholarship
Rockwool Artist of the Year
1990: The Egill Jacobsen Prize
1983: The Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year scholarship

Selected Bibliography:

Merete Barker 1985-86, North-Information 1987, no. 245, Roskilde
Kat. Merete Barker. Billedpar & andre, Herning Art Museum, 1988
Merete Barker: Works on wall 1988-89, North-Information 1990, Roskilde
Kat. Merete Barker: In memory of a land, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, 1991
Kat. Merete Barker: Panorama, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen 1992
Kat. Merete Barker: På vej mod byen, Vejle Art Museum, 1994
Øystein Hjort, Merete Barker. Danske Nutidskunst 24, Søren Fogtdal, Copenhagen 1994
Kat. Merete Barker / Viera Collaro: Energiens Spor, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense 1995-96
Elisabeth Amdissen, ”Klomærker. Når tiden sætter spor”, interview with Merete Barker, pp. 11-26, Nyt Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck, Copenhagen, 1996
Merete Barker: Et Billeddigt, Brøndums Grafiske Værksted, Copenhagen, 1998
Kat. Merete Barker: Spejlinger/Spiegelungen, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, 1999
Kat. Merete Barker: Quo Vadis, Sophienholm, Kgs. Lyngby, 2002
Ole Lindboe: Min Lange Rejse – Merete Barker og Maleriet. Gads Forlag 2004. ISBN 87-12-04164-5