Photo: Bill Hayward

Photo: Bill Hayward

Jan Groth (b. 1938, Stavanger - d. 2022, Oslo) lived and worked in Oslo and Dagali, Norway. Groth was a leading artist of his generation in Scandinavia, with numerous exhibitions in museums and institutions throughout the world. Groth has, through his long artistic practice, exclusively and continuously explored the relationship between line and picture plane. First and foremost in drawings executed with crayon on paper, but also in monumental tapestries made in collaboration with Benedikte Groth in Copenhagen. Since the late 1980s he has also brought the line into three-dimensional space with bronze sculptures spanning the intimate scale of the drawings, to the monumentality of public works. Groth's works literally weave together the immediate with the gradual; the drawing on paper extracted in an instance is through a highly labour-intensive process transcribed into the structure of the tapestry. His artistic idiom can be described as restrained expressionism, with a profound sensibility wherein the line's seemingly seismographic recordings appear to visualize nuances and energies registered from within.


1956-59        Trained at various art schools in Denmark and with artists Knud Nielsen and Erling Frederiksen

1960-61        Affiliated with the tapestry studio “de Uil”, Amsterdam

1961-2006     Weaves tapestries in collaboration with Benedikte Groth (1933-2015), Copenhagen

1961-            Begins working with drawings

1982-1994     Visiting professor, School of Visual Arts, New York

1989-            Begins working with sculpture

1995-            Jan Groth Archive established in Stavanger Kunstmuseum



1971            Jan Groth, Gobelin til Amtsrådhus ´s-Hertogenbosch, Holland

                    Det danske kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen

1972             Jan Groth, Recent tapestries and drawings, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York.

                    Traveled to:

                    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

                    Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh


1973            The Art Institute of Chicago

                    Jan Groth, Tegninger Fyns Stifs Kunstmuseum, Odense

                    Drawings by Jan Groth, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge   MA

                    Jan Groth, Recent drawings, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

1974             Jan Groth, Gobeliner og tegninger, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

                    Traveled to:

                    Bergen Kunstforening, Bergen


1975             Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk

1976             Jan Groth, Autour de la Ligne, Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

                    Jan Groth, Recent tapestries, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

1978             Jan Groth, Tegninger, Galleri CC, Aarhus

                    Jan Groth, Thematic drawings, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

                    Traveled to:

1979             Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm

                    Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus

                    Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden Baden

                    Städtlische Galerie im Lenbachaus, Munich

                    Jan Groth, Tegninger, Stavanger Kunstforening, Stavanger

                    Jan Groth, Gobelänger och teckningar, Nordiskt Konstcentrum, Sveaborg, Helsinki

1980             Jan Groth, Thematic drawings, Ordrupgaardsamlingen, Copenhagen

                    Jan Groth, Tapestries and Thematic drawings, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

                    Jan Groth, Recent works, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

1981             Matrix 64 (Drawings), Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

                    Jan Groth, Gobeliner og tegninger gjennom 20 år, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg

                    Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1983             Jan Groth – New Works, tapestries and drawings, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

1985             25 tegninger, Galleri Riis, Oslo

1986             Jan Groth, Teckningar 1975-85, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

                    Jan Groth, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

                    Jan Groth, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

1987             Jan Groth, Galleri Riis, Trondheim

1988             Jan Groth, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

                    Traveled to:

                    National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

                     Jan Groth, Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

                     Jan Groth, Gobeliner 1982-88, Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers

1989              Jan Groth, Drawings, Diane Brown Gallery, New York

                     Jan Groth, Drawings 1975-85, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

1990              Jan Groth, Skulpturer, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo

1991              Jan Groth, Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

                     Jan Groth, Sculptures, Diane Brown Gallery, New York

1992              Jan Groth, Nye arbeider, Galleri Riis, Oslo

                     Jan Groth, Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos Aires

1993              Jan Groth, Tegnet, Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondheim

1995              Jan Groth, 25 drawings, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger

1996              Jan Groth, Gobeliner, tegninger og skulpturer, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø

1997              Jan Groth, Tapestries, drawings, sculptures, Amos Anderson Konstmuseum, Helsinki

                     Jan Groth, Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

1998              Jan Groth, Alfabet, nye tegninger, Galleri Riis, Oslo

2001              Jan Groth, Sign, Hara Museum ARC, Japan

2001              Jan Groth, Tegn, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo

2002              Jan Groth, Tegn, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg

2006              Jan Groth, New works, Galleri Riis, Oslo

2007              Jan Groth, Kontraster, Galleri Svalbard, Longyearbyen       

2009              Jan Groth, Nye arbeider og prosjekter, Drammens Museum, Drammen

2012              Jan Groth, Selected works 1990-2012, Galleri Riis, Stockholm

2013              Jan Groth, Skulptur, gobelin, tegninger, Galleri Ismene, Trondheim

2015              Jan Groth, In between - liberating the line, Galleri Riis, Stockholm

2015              Jan Groth, Sign – Drawing, Tapestry, Sculpture, Galleri Riis at Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen

2017              Jan Groth, The Festival Exhibition 2017, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen

2017              Jan Groth, The Bundle, Wall Drawings and Other Recent Works, Galleri Riis, Oslo

2018              Linear Tapestries, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2019 Signs and Figures, Galleri Riis, Oslo

2020 Glogerfestival Exhibition, Kongsberg Kunstforening, Kongsberg, Norway

2021 Jan Groth / Juan Andrés Milanes Benito, The summer exhibition 2021, Sandefjord Kunstforening, Sandefjord

2022 Forløp og volum / Course and Volume, Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway

2022 Jan Groth In Memoriam / Drawings, Sculptures, Tapestry and Wall Drawing, Galleri Riis, Oslo


1958              Charlottenborgs Foraarsudstilling, Copenhagen

1964              Galerie Delta, Rotterdam

                     Danske Snedkermestre, Copenhagen

1969              4. Biennale de Lausanne, Museé Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

1968              Form 68, Det danske kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen

1969              Jan Groth og Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Holst Halvorsens Kunsthandel, Oslo                

1970              Tapisseries XV-XX siecle, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble

                     Norsk vevkunst I det 20. Århundre, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

1971              Tapisseries Norvegiennes de l´art noveau a nos jours,

                     Musée des Gobelins, Mobilier National, Paris          

1973              Recent Acquisitions, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

                     Recent acquisitions 1972-73, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

1974              Old-New Drawings, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

1975              Tapisseries Nouvelles, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais de Louvre, Paris

1976              Recent Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1978              20th Century Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago

1979              Tegninger, new acquistions 1969-79, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

1980              Recent Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London

1982              Norwegische Bildweberei und Email von Jahrhundert bis zur gegenwart Museum für Kunst und     Gewerbe, Hamburg

1984              Norge-USA-Norge, Jan Groth - Kjell Bjørgengen, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

1985              Exhibition Dialogue on Contemporary Art in Europe, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

1988              Tres Artistas Noruegos Contemporaneo, Centro Cultural

                     Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City

1990              Jan Groth and Stein Rønning, Galleri Riis, Oslo                              

1991              Erling Nebys Samling, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg

1992              Holdepunkter, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo

1993-94         Focus on Fibre Art, The Art Institute of Chicago

1995              Matrix is 20, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1997              79/97, Visual Arts Gallery, New York

2000              Jan Groth, Stein Rønning, Heidi Skjerve, Kjell Bjørgeengen, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand

                     Jan Groth Tegninger, Tone Vigeland Skulpturer, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg

2003              Dialogo/Dialog, Museu do Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro

2006              Transforming Chronolgies: An Atlas of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2008              Traces and Spaces – Jan Groth´s influences and contemporaries

                     Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, 2009

2012              Prism. Drawings from 1990 to 2002, Nasjonalmuseet for kunst arkitektur og design, Oslo

2013              Jan Groth + Tone Vigeland, Vigeland-museet, Oslo

2014              Take Form, Galleri Riis, Stockholm

2016              He is left handed and walks with a cane (Jan Groth, Matias Faldbakken, Fredrik Værslev), Galleri Riis, Stockholm

2018 Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl, Scandinavia House, New York

2019 Ser du tegninga?, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand

2021 Paper Planes, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo



The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Art Institute of Chicago

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Bergen Museum of Arts and Science, Paramus, N.J.

Waldsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT

Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

The Tate Gallery, London

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk

Aros, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus

Fyns Stift Kunstmuseum, Odense

Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tønder

Kunsten, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg

Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers

Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

Drammens Museum, Drammen

Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim

Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo

Norsk Kulturråd, Norway

Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger

Oslo Kommunes Kunstsamlinger, Oslo

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand

Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø

KODE Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Magasin III – Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm

Skissernas Museum, Arkiv för Dekorativ Konst, Lund

Malmö Museum, Malmö

Musée des Gobelins, Mobilier National, Paris

Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence

Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Wien

Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern

Amos Andersons Konstmuseum, Helsinki

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City



1968-69        Tapestry for Nationale Nederlanden, The Hague

1970-71        Tapestry for Provinciehuis Noord-Brabant, ´s-Hertogenbosch

1973-74        Tapestry for Radio- and TV building, Danmarks Radio, Aarhus

1975             Tapestry for Ministere des Affaires Culturelles, Paris

1976-77        Tapestries for København Amts Sygehus, Herlev

1980-81        Tapestry for stairway, Coll. Mr & Mrs R.A. Kidder, Washington D.C.

1981             Tapestry for Skådalen School of the Deaf, Oslo

1984-85        Tapestry for lobby, Norwegian Contractors, Bærum

1984-85        Main stage-curtain embroidery Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

1987             Tapestry for Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

1988-89        Tapestry for Dai-Tokyo Kasai, Tokyo

2009             Outdoor bronze sculpture, Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger

2010             Walldrawing for Cappelen Damm, Oslo



1991             The Prince Eugen Medal, Sweden

1993             The Medal of St.Olav, Norway

2002             Anders Jahre Culture Prize, Norway

2002             Commander of The Royal Norwegian Order of St.Olav