Sonja Ferlov Mancoba 1911 – 1984

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba 1911 – 1984

“Koncentration”, 1962

Unique plaster sculpture
signed and dated SF 62

Bronze version in the collection of Louisiana Museum and Kunsten Aalborg

Studenterforeningens Jubilæumsudstilling 1939-1964
“Danish Abstract Art”, 5 cities in USA 1964, cat. 59
”Å-udstillingen” 1967 cat. 64 and 1975 cat. 99
”Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Erik Heide, Kisten Dufour” Holstebro Kunstmuseum 1968
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba & Jan Groth”, Oslo and Århus Kunstmuseum 1969 cat.9
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba”, Maison du Danemark, Paris 1970 cat. 11 ill.
“Skulpturudstilling I Eventyrhaven og Rådhushallen”, Odense 1971 cat. 116
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba. En retrospektiv udstilling”, Kunstforeningen 1977-78 cat. 10 ill.
“Skulptur Veksølund”, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1988
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Alberto Giacometti”, Sophienholm 1980 cat. 25
Den frie Udstilling 1985 cat. 88
”De danske”, Liljevalchs Konsthall and Kulturhuset i Stockholm 1985 cat. 45
”Sonja Ferlov Mancoba”, Bornholms Kunstmuseum 1993
”Retour sur Cobra”, Artcurial Paris 1993
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba & Erik Thommesen”, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum 1994 cat 22
“From the Golden Age to the Present day”, Edinburgh 1995 cat. 94
“Dansk skulptur I 125 år”, Brandts Klædefabrik 1996 cat. 15
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Roberts Jacobsen og Erik Thommesen – På grænsen tile n anden tid”, Holstebro Kunstmuseum 2003 and Fyns Kunstmuseum 2004
“Sonja Ferlov Mancoba – Maske og ansigt” SMK 2019 afb. s. 86 og 96

Esquisse d´un salon, Galerie Denise René, Paris 1963
Robert Dahlmann Olsen “Sonja Ferlov Mancoba I Arkitekten nr. 15 1963 s. 495
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba ”Hånd i hånd må vi gå” i Studenterforeningens Jubilæumsudstillingen 1939-1964
”Billedkunsten for 25 år siden og i dag”, tekst af Erik Seiden, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba m.fl. København 1964
Robert Dahlmann Olsen ”Sonja Ferlov Mancoba” vor tids kunst nr. 72 s. 34
Gertrud Købke Sutton ”Sonja Ferlov Mancoba. Et forsøg på en karakteristik” i kunst og Kultur, Oslo 1978 s. 85
Troels Andersen ”Sonja Ferlov Mancoba” København 1979 s. 64
Gunnar Jespersen ”De abstrakte”, 1991 s. 104
Rolf Læssøe ”Stille vækst. Sonja Ferlovs skulpturer” 1992 s. 51

Year 1963
Artist Sonja Ferlov Mancoba 1911 – 1984
Price Price on request
Materials Plaster
Height 58 cm
Width 47 cm
Depth 53 cm

The story behind

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911 – 1984) was a Danish avant-garde sculptor.

She attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was affiliated with the CoBrA group, along with her husband, South African artist Ernest Mancoba.

Ferlov Mancoba was trained as a painter. She studied under Lizzie Høyer from 1930 to 1932 and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1933 to 1935. She debuted at the annual Artists’ Autumn Salon (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling) in 1935 with two plaster sculptures, Bird with Young and Two Living Beings. From the mid-1930s she was involved with the artists’ group and art journal Linien (The Line, 1934–39), which was the first conduit of French Surrealism to Denmark. During this time she was influenced by and an influence on the “abstract-Surrealist” artists and Linien co-founders Ejler Bille, Vilhelm Bjarke-Petersen and Richard Mortensen. Her early sculptural assemblages of branches and organic materials were influenced by the Dada sculptures of Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters. In 1936 she exhibited, among other works, the sculpture The Owl(destroyed).

In 1937 she settled in Paris, where she met and socialized with the Surrealist artists Max Ernst and Alberto Giacometti, whose studio was in the same building as hers. It was at this time that she met Ernest Mancoba, whom she married in 1942; their son Wonga (1946–2015) would eventually also become a respected artist. In Denmark Ferlov Mancoba was already interested in non-Western art; in Paris she developed her knowledge of ethnographic objects at the newly reopened Musée de l´Homme. After a brief return to Copenhagen at the beginning of the war, she spent the remainder of the war in France, where Ernest Mancoba was interned in a prisoner-of-war camp.

From 1947 through 1951 Ferlov Mancoba was in Denmark, where she exhibited as a guest with the artists’ groups Linien II (The Line II, 1949-?) and Høst (Harvest, 1948). From 1952 she was based in France. In 1969 she became a member of Den Frie Udstilling  (The Free Exhibition, est. 1891).

Ferlov Mancoba’s biomorphic sculptures either use or evoke organic materials and forms. Around 1948 she also briefly made geometric abstract sculptural work.

She received the Tagea Brandts travel grant in 1971, a Statens Kunstfond (National Art Fund) award in 1964, the Thorvaldsen Medal in 1971, and the Niels Larsen-Stevns Medal in 1977.

Ferlov Mancoba is represented in the following collections: Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Den Kongelige kobberstiksamling, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Modern Museet, Museum Jorn, Statens Museum for Kunst, Kunsten – Museum of modern Art Aalborg.

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