With a passion for art in Greenland
Born in 1930. Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1950-1954.
A quiet rebel, who insisted on being a figurative artist in a time when abstract art was in fashion. Her favorite subjects concentrate primarily on three topics: Biblical paintings, landscapes and everyday objects
At the Art Academy Bodil Kaalund met the Greenlandic illustrator and author Jens Rosing. This prompted a lifelong commitment to the art of Greenland that has been a watershed in the perception and recognition of Greenlandic artists.
Kaalund helped organize the exhibition Greenlandic art - from Aaron to today, which was shown at Louisiana in December 1969 and January 1970. This was the first time Greenlandic works were exhibited as art and not as souvenirs or ethnographic objects.
From 1969 to 1971, Bodil Kaalund and Hans Lynge created the Graphic Workshop in Nuuk. The workshop later became Eqqumiitsuliornermik Ilinniarfik – the Art School of Greenland.
The book Grønlands kunst, published in 1979, is regarded as a pioneering work in its field. The book, which was the first work about the art history of Greenland, has been published in several editions and has been translated into Greenlandic and English (The art of Greenland, 1st edition published in 1983). Kaalund has also published books about Hans Lynge and Aaron from Kangeq.
In addition to his tremendous involvement in the art of Greenland, Bodil Kaalund has also found time to decorate a number of churches, design bishop’s robes, chasubles and other church textiles, and not least to illustrate the Danish Bible Society’s authorized Bible from 1992.
1988-91: 3-year grant from the Danish Arts Foundation
1993 Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality culture award
2002 N. L. Høyen medal
2005: Honorary Citizen of Lemvig
2006: Nersornaat in silver