Per Kirkeby, ‘Hoved derhjemme VI’, 1992, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard

About Per Kirkeby

Originally trained as a geologist, Per Kirkeby is one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated living artists. Influenced by his scientific roots as well as the gestural works of the Abstract Expressionists, Kirkeby creates expressive, heavily layered paintings, which can resemble geological strata, the Danish landscape, and even the female form. “The role of art is to accept that things break down,” he says, “That’s the only way to get something new to emerge.” Known for being uncategorizable, Kirkeby works across media—including architecture, poetry, film, and sculpture—as well as traverses art historical movements, having begun his career as a member of the Fluxus group.

Danish, b. 1938, Copenhagen, Denmark

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Horses - A Group Exhibition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen V
2017
Wonderful World, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
2016
Sunday Pictures, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
2015
What's happening?, Statens Museum for Kunst
2013
From Abildgaard to Kirkeby, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Per Kirkeby, Thomas Salis, Salzburg
2017
Per Kirkeby, Goya Contemporary/Goya-Girl Press, Baltimore
2016
Sunday Pictures, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
The Shadow does not avoid the sun, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf
2017
Horses - A Group Exhibition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen V
2017
Wonderful World, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
2016
Interim 2016 / 2017, Jahn und Jahn, Munich
2016
Allez les Bleus, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
2015
Revolutionäres Jahr, Galerie Sabine Knust, München
2015
Eva, Pamela, Victoria..., Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
2015
What's happening?, Statens Museum for Kunst
2013
From Abildgaard to Kirkeby, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
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