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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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Untitled (Man in bed, small doors), 2006

Oil paint on fiberglass cast, painted wood, and mixed materials
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Copenhagen
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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 (3)
Other works by Peter Land
Other works from Galleri Nicolai Wallner
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