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Originally trained as a geologist, Per Kirkeby is one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated artists. Influenced by his scientific roots as well as the gestural works of the Abstract Expressionists, Kirkeby created 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 said, “That’s the only way to get something new to emerge.” Known for being uncategorizable, Kirkeby worked across media—including architecture, poetry, film, and sculpture—as well as traversed art historical movements, having begun his career as a member of the Fluxus group.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Per Kirkeby: Cave and Chalice. Prints and MonotypesGalerie Sabine Knust | Knust Kunz Gallery Editions
2017
Per Kirkeby Blackboards and Brick worksCahiers d'Art
2016
Sunday PicturesGalleri Bo Bjerggaard
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"Untitled", 2011

Oil on canvas
70 3/4 × 55 in
179.7 × 139.7 cm
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Location
New York, London, East Hamptom
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Originally trained as a geologist, Per Kirkeby is one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated artists. Influenced by his scientific roots as well as the gestural works of the Abstract Expressionists, Kirkeby created 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 said, “That’s the only way to get something new to emerge.” Known for being uncategorizable, Kirkeby worked across media—including architecture, poetry, film, and sculpture—as well as traversed art historical movements, having begun his career as a member of the Fluxus group.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Per Kirkeby
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