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

Sunday Pictures, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
Allez les Bleus, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen V
Revolutionäres Jahr, Galerie Sabine Knust, München
What's happening?, Statens Museum for Kunst
From Abildgaard to Kirkeby, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus