Kirkeby´s studies of geology and his field trips greatly influenced his interest in visualizing nature, partly through a geological lens that continued throughout his career. This is evident in the works showed in our upcoming exhibition at Galleri Brandstrup (27 September - 27 October, 2018). His works varied between abstraction and landscape, often within the same canvas, though retaining an organic palette throughout. The exhibition will consist of prints, monotypes and bronze sculpture as well as three of the artists celebrated brick sculptures, and opens 6pm on Thursday September 27th.
Image: Untitled, 2007, Monotype, 240 x 132 cm
Galleri Brandstrup is delighted to invite you to the opening of our first exhibition with Danish master Per Kirkeby (1938 – 2018) on Thursday September 27 at 6pm. The exhibition will consist of prints, monotypes and bronze sculpture as well as three of the artists celebrated brick sculptures.
Image: Per Kirkeby, Model for Ålborg, 1980, Bronze -
This past spring, one of Denmark’s greatest artists passed away, the painter Per Kirkeby. At the international auction in Copenhagen 25-26 September, we present a series of works by both the younger and more mature Kirkeby – from the early pop art works to the later nature compositions. #bruunrasmussen#modernart#PerKirkeby#auction#danishart
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9 days to go! The count down has begun to our next international auction in Copenhagen. We are featuring several highlights from the world renowned Danish painter Per Kirkeby who died earlier this year. This untitled painting (oil on canvas) was made in 2002 and has belonged to a private collection. Estimate DKK 80-100,000. #perkirkeby#modernart#art#auction#bruunrasmussen
Church of the day is Gentofte Church, an urban parish church in the vicinity of Copenhagen. The building is romanesque from 12th century but the interior has been used and renovated through centuries to look like ‘a diningroom in a conservative merchants home’ as the artist Per Kirkeby expressed it when he was asked to re-do the interior of the church. By means of his colourscheme for the room, 11 stainedglass windows and a painting set in the baroque 1600 alterpiece, he re-did the sacred space in a powerful way.
Per Kirkeby’s sacred art is not pretty illustrations of a biblical anecdote, but is deeply concerned with human existence as one of suffering and ever longing to belong to life. But the earth we share is fragile and wild at the same time. The ground below us can disappear in a moment and we are left with no conteol of anything. Per Kirkeby started his career as a geologist and the powerful nature is present in all his work. No pastoral scenes here. But the tree, the tree of life is present in all these windows in Gentofte church as well as in the altarpainting. The light through the windows reflects heavenly light and through the cut down trees, stubbles and trunks touched by heavenly light hope for a new beginning can arise.
‘For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travailleth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope’. (KJV Romans 8,22-24)
Per Kirkeby died in May 2018 79 years old.
"Death in the landscape would seem to be merciful. Even the projections dissolve, everything turns into nothing, and in nothing everything is radiant. Science comes to a halt, and a plant is an unbelievable entity in the world, a knowledge that makes it reasonable to die." -Per Kirkeby, Writings on Art 🕧🕣🕡
(Per Kirkeby; The Siege of Constantinople, oil on canvas, 158 x 142in, 1995, Tate, London)