'You are what you eat' – a tired cliché – doesn’t only apply to the individual. The identity of an entire people is often labelled by their alleged eating habits. An American eats hamburgers, Belgians drink beer… The works Die dumme Dänen 1 & 2 (2020) confront us with this caricatural profiling. ‘Die dumme …

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In videos, sculptures, and installations, Peter Land employs elements of the surreal, absurd, and grotesque to explore the interplay between human experience and the subconscious. The Staircase and The Universe, seminal videos from the 1990s, depict existential scenarios; in the first film, a man falls endlessly down a flight of stairs, in the second, he moves forever through cosmic space. Recalling the work of Martin Kippenberger, Maurizio Cattelan, and Bruce Nauman, Land often uses his body as subject. In Joie de Vivre (1998), the artist’s head bounces around two screens, laughing and contorting on loop and portraying the complexity of uncontrolled emotions. More recently, Land has focused on dreamlike portrayals of himself and others—especially children—that evoke the works of Henry Darger and Balthus, two Danish artists he cites as inspirations.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
FOCUS ON - Danish and International Art after 1900Statens Museum for Kunst
2015
Peter Land | ShowbizzGalleri Nicolai Wallner
2013
An Attempt At Reconstructing My Elementary School Class, Based On My MemoryGalleri Nicolai Wallner
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Die dumme Dänen 2, 2020

Coloured pencil, crayon and watercolour on paper
28 1/10 × 22 1/5 in
71.5 × 56.5 cm
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€3,000
Location
Antwerp, Brasschaat, Otegem
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'You are what you eat' – a tired cliché – doesn’t only apply to the individual. The …

Medium
Frame
Included
Series
You are what you eat

In videos, sculptures, and installations, Peter Land employs elements of the surreal, absurd, and grotesque to explore the interplay between human experience and the subconscious. The Staircase and The Universe, seminal videos from the 1990s, depict existential scenarios; in the first film, a man falls endlessly down a flight of stairs, in the second, he moves forever through cosmic space. Recalling the work of Martin Kippenberger, Maurizio Cattelan, and Bruce Nauman, Land often uses his body as subject. In Joie de Vivre (1998), the artist’s head bounces around two screens, laughing and contorting on loop and portraying the complexity of uncontrolled emotions. More recently, Land has focused on dreamlike portrayals of himself and others—especially children—that evoke the works of Henry Darger and Balthus, two Danish artists he cites as inspirations.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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