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Tapestry "Fresco Ships of Thera"
This tapestry is made by Helena Hernmarck in 1975 for Olympic Tower at 641 Fifth Ave New York City

Size 13' x 11'
Circa 1975

Below are few pictures of House of the Ladies 1500 B.C Akrotiri on Thera

Akrotiri is the name of an excavation site of a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the Greek island of Santorini, associated with the Minoan civilization due to inscriptions in Linear A, and close similarities in artifact and fresco styles. The excavation is named for a modern Greek village situated on a hill nearby. The name of the site in antiquity is unknown,

Akrotiri was buried by the widespread Theran eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC (during the Late Minoan IA period) as a result, like the Roman ruins of Pompeii after it, it is remarkably well-preserved. Frescoes pottery, furniture, advanced drainage systems and three-story buildings have been discovered at the site, whose excavation was started in 1967 by Sypridon Marinatos. Certain historians hold this settlement, as well as the disaster that left it unknown to most of history, as the inspiration behind Plato's story of Atlantis, as mentioned in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias. Excavated artifacts have been installed in a museum distant from the site (Museum of Prehistoric Thera), with many objects and artworks presented. Only a single gold object has been found, hidden beneath flooring, and no uninterred human skeletal remains have been found. This indicates that an orderly evacuation was performed with little or no loss of life.



Helena Hernmarck Tapestry of Fresco

Of the artists working in tapastry today Helena Hernmarck stands without peer. Her work, selected for scores of fine public spaces is seen each year by millions of viewers. For them, these pieces often become the focus and persona of familiar places. that the work seems to belong in place is not by accident: rather, it has grown there. The artist subordinated artistic intent to the requirements of the space, of the client and space designer. Almost always derived from a local environment, her themes encapsulate the great outdoors in heroic scale. Her work has withstood the test of time: that is, better than almost att the Art Fabrics created in the last quarter century, hers have fared better in aging gracefully. If at all. this body of work has the advantage of traditional tapestry hangings - of shipping installing, storing and cleaning easily. But they are not conventional tapestries drawn by artists and executed by artisans. These are thoroughly modern works with such expression of structure and materials to compensate for spaces perhaps insufficient in these soul satistying qualities. Above all, here is a master weaver in control of all aspects of her work, from conception to in stallation and final photography she triumphs over limitations to create art form that goes beyond carft without losing its durable virtues. By : JACK LENOR LARSEN

Helena Hernmarck
Selected permanent collections and exhibition venues: Education 1959–63 University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, Stockholm, Sweden Awards 1973 American Institute of Architects Craftsmanship Medal 1996 American Craft Council, College of Fellows 1998 Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Governor’s Arts Award 1999 Sweden’s Prins Eugen Medal 2000 Swedish American of the Year 2002 Sophie Adlersparres Medalj Solo Exhibitions 1973 Museum of Modern Art, New York. NY 1974 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 1977 Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, Denmark 1986 The Public Library, Birmingham, AL 1998 Galleri Österdahl, Stockholm, Sweden 1990 American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA 1997 LongHouse Foundation, East Hampton, NY 1997 New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT 1999 Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY 1999 Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde Museum, Stockholm, Sweden 2001 Zornsamlingarna, Mora, Sweden 2012 American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN Selected Corporate Commissions 1968 Cunard Steamship Company, London, England 1969 Swedish Embassy, London, England 1970–71 Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, WA 1971 Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, OH 1971 St. John's City Hall, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada 1973 and 1975 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, PA 1973–75 John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, MA 1975 United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, TX 1976 Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA 1977 Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI 1978–79 Dallas Centre, Dallas, TX 1979 Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 1981 and 1989 Johnson & Johnson Baby Products, Belle Mead, NJ 1981 Texas Commerce Bank, Houston, TX 1982 Newsday, Melville, NY 1982 Oklahoma First Tower, Oklahoma City, OK 1983 Pacific Eagle Holding Corporation, San Francisco, CA 1984 Pitney Bowes, Stamford, CT 1986 Kellogg's Company, Battle Creek, MI 1987 Ringhalsverket, Statens Vattenfallsverk, Varobacka, Sweden 1987 The John Buck Company, Chicago, IL 1988 Bank of New England West, Springfield, MA 1989 Peabody Holding Company, St. Louis, MO 1990 PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, NY 1990 One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, Atlanta, GA 1992 450 Lexington Avenue Venture, LP, New York, NY 1992 C & S Sovran, Atlanta, GA 1995 Main Post Office, Stockholm, Sweden 1996 Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Atlanta, GA 1996 Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN 1997 Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Chicago, IL 1997 and 1998 First USA Bank, Wilmington, DE 1998 J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT 2001 William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 2002 World Trade Center West, Pembroke Real Estate, Boston, MA 2003–2006 Time Warner Center, One Central Park Lobby, New York, NY 2004 Pascack Valley Hospital 2007 The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN 2007 Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden 2010 Purdue University School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, IN 2011 Margaret A. Cargill Philantrophies, Eden Prairie, MN

Short Videos
Weaving “Tabula Rasa” at Alice Lund Textilier, 2010
Previewing large tapestry called “Signals”, 2002
Swedish TV, artist profile, 1988

Web Sites and Blogs
Helena Hernmarck’s “Glimpse” and the art of tapestry weaving—then and now Workshop at the American Swedish Institute, 2012
Brown Grotta Gallery
Frida Lindberg
Alice Lund Textilier AB

Public Collections
The National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The Museum of Craft and Design, New York City; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; The Rohss' Museum of Arts & Crafts, Gothenburg, Sweden; The Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Quebec. Canada; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden.

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