Per Kirkeby  (Danish, 1938) 

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Per Kirkeby (Danish, b. September 1, 1938) is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Kirkeby was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and he studied geology at the University of Copenhagen, graduating with a master's degree in 1964. Between 1958 and 1972, Kirkeby did geological work in Greenland, entering the Eksperimenterende Kunstskole, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1972. Kirkeby is a well-traveled artist; he has been on expeditions to different places like Central Asia, Greenland, Iceland, Central America, and the Mediterranean. The experiences of nature he gathered during his travels are evidenced in his work. He worked with Joseph Beuys (German, 1921–1986) in the 1960s, and Germany has always played a key role in his work, as he went to Berlin in 1982 on a DAAD scholarship.

He held his first exhibition at the Michael Werner Gallery, in Cologne, Germany, in 1974. It was in Berlin that he was influenced and inspired by Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and started still-life paintings. From 1978 to 1989, Kirkeby taught at the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts and then went to teach at the Städelschule academy, in Frankfurt, Germany, until 2000. Kirkeby once said that it was this German connection that made him a world artist.

Kirkeby has received a number of awards, such as the Herbert-Boeckl-Preis (2003), for his lifework, the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award (1996), and the Henrik-Steffens-Award 1996. Over the years, Kirkeby has been involved in numerous exhibitions in diverse places all over the world. Some of his exhibitions include those at the Royal Museum of Fine Art, in Copenhagen, Denmark (1975), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands (1982), Michael Werner London, in England (2008), and Julius Werner, in Berlin, Germany (2009). His works are diverse and include Strandbillede Laesø (1983), Ohne Titel (1998), and Abnehmen (1986). Many public collections hold Kirkeby's works all over the world, in diverse places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, NY, the Tate Gallery, in London, England, and the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, France. Kirkeby is represented by prestigious museums around the world including Stedilijk Museum, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Tate Gallery, in London, England, and Ludwig Museum, in Cologne, Germany. Kirkeby lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, Amasco, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany.

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Per Kirkeby, Katalog: Per Kirkeby

 

Per Kirkeby
Katalog: Per Kirkeby
2007

Galerie Michael Haas
Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel

 

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel
2011

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel

 

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel
2011

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel

 

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel
1993

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel

 

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel
1993

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel

 

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel
1988

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Arm und Kopf XIV

 

Per Kirkeby
Arm und Kopf XIV
1985

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Zwei Arme IV

 

Per Kirkeby
Zwei Arme IV
1985

Galerie Michael Werner
Per Kirkeby, Laeso - Kopf I

 

Per Kirkeby
Laeso - Kopf I
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Per Kirkeby, Three compositions from the portfolio Rebeccas Billedark (3 works)

 

Per Kirkeby
Three compositions from the portfolio Rebeccas Billedark (3 works), 1974
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Per Kirkeby, Three compositions from the portfolio Rebeccas Billedark (3 works)

 

Per Kirkeby
Three compositions from the portfolio Rebeccas Billedark (3 works), 1974
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Per Kirkeby, Composition

 

Per Kirkeby
Composition, 1996
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1938   Born September 1 in Copenhagen
1962   Studies at the Experimental Art School in Copenhagen; works in the School on painting, graphic arts, 8 millimeter films and performance pieces
1974   First exhibition at Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne; publishes 'Fliegende Blätter'
1977   One-man exhibition in the Museum Folkwang, Essen, with paintings, brick sculptures and books
1988   Publishes books of essays on Delacroix, Manet, Picasso
1990   Receives the Art Prize of NORD/LB, endowed for outstanding efforts in the subject of contemporary art
1996   Receives the 'Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award' and the 'Henrik-Steffens-Award 1996'
2000   Professorship at the 'Städelschule', Frankfurt a.M.
2003   Receives the 'Herbert-Boeckl-Preis' for his lifework
2004   Per Kirkeby currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Læsø and Arnasco
2012   National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
2009   Per Kirkeby Retrospective, Tate Modern, London
2009   Per Kirkeby: Monotypes, Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin
2009   Per Kirkeby: Masonite + Modelle, Museo Nacianal Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Fundación Beulas, Huesca
2008   Per Kirkeby, Kristinehamns Konstmusum, Kristinehamn, Sweden
2008   Per Kirkeby Retrospective, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
2008   Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner, Berlin
2008   Series Drawings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2008   Per Kirkeby: Tavler & Skulpturer, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen
2008   Black Swan, Michael Werner London, London
2007 - 2008   Per Kirkeby: New Paintings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2007 - 2008   Per Kirkeby. Skulpturen, Arbeiten auf Papier, Originalgrafik 1979 – 2006, Galerie Noah, Augsburg
2007   Designs settings and costumes for “Romeo and Juliet”, New York City Ballet; first major exhibition in China at Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; "Per Kirkeby", Galerie Knust, München
2007   Per Kirkeby. Masonites, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
2007   Per Kirkeby: Neue Bilder, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne and Julius Werner Berlin, Germany
2007   Per Kirkeby, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
2006   Black and White: Drawings for Summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2006   Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples / 1960 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2005   Per Kirkeby, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
2005   Per Kirkeby: Recent Masonites, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2005   Per Kirkeby: Recent Masonites, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
2005   Per Kirkeby, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
2005   Per Kirkeby: New Paintings, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Kopenhagen
2005   Per Kirkeby – Prototypes of Nature, Kunsthalle im Emden, Emden
2005   Per Kirkeby – DS Art Galerie, Frankfurt am Main
2005   Per Kirkeby, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
2005   Per Kirkeby / Crystal – Reflections, Connections and References, Aargaouer Kunsthaus, Aarau
2005   Homage to Chillida, Guggenheim, Bilbao
2004   Per Kirkeby – Retrospettiva dei Disegni, Accademia Tedesca in Roma, Villa Massimo, Rom
2004   Per Kirkeby: Bilder, Masonite, Zeichnungen, Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Hamburg
2004   Per Kirkeby L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
2004   Per Kirkeby: Natur und Gestalt. Retrospektive der Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Singen
2003   Per Kirkeby – Natur und Gestalt. Retrospektive der Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg v.d.H.
2002   Per Kirkeby. Monotypes, University Art Gallery, University Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth (MA)
2002   DC: Per Kirkeby. 122 x 122 - Gemälde auf Masonit', Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2001   Per Kirkeby. Monotypien, Masonite, Bronzen, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg, Luxemburg
2000   Per Kirkeby. Die Karlsruher Jahre, im Hallenbau A, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
1998   Per Kirkeby. Schilderijen, sculpturen en modellen in brons/Peintures, Sculptures et modèles en bronze', Paleis voor Schone Kunsten/Palais des Beaux Arts, Brüssel
1997   Per Kirkeby - Malerier og skulpturer, Galleri Riis, Oslo
1996   Per Kirkeby. Peintures 1992 - 1996, Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Centre d'art contemporain, Cajarc-Lot, France
1991   Per Kirkeby. Pinturas y Esculturas, Galeria Gamarra y Garrigues, Madrid
1990   Galerie Biedermann Munich, Germany
1987   Ludwig Museum Cologne
1985   Whitechapel Art Gallery London
1984   An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1982   Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
1978   Kunsthalle Bern
1977   Museum Folkwang Essen
1975   Royal Museum of Fine Art Copenhagen
2003    Tøjner, Poul Erik: Per Kirkeby. Malerei. Köln : König, 2003
2003    Per Kirkeby. Natur und Gestalt. Retrospektive der Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, (Sinclair-Haus, Altana Kulturforum, Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe; Deutsche Akademie Rom, Villa Massimo; Städtisches Kunstmuseum Singen). Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe : ALTANA, 2003
1999    Per Kirkeby. Sorte billeder og bronzer. Schwarze Bilder und Bronzen, (Kat. Museumsberg, Flensburg, Tønder/ Flensburg: Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseum/Museumsberg, 1999
1997    Kirkeby, Per: Gespräche mit Lars Morell, Köln: König, 1998, (Kunstwissenschaftliche Bibliothek; Bd. 8), Zugl. Kopenhagen: Borgens, 1997
1994    Per Kirkeby. Großformatige Zeichnungen 1977-1994, (Kat.), Portikus, Frankfurt a.M., Münster: Kleinheinrich, 1994
1990    Per Kirkeby. Gemälde, Arbeiten auf Papier, Skulpturen 1977-90, (Kat.), Frankfurt a.M.: Städelsches Kunstinstitut, 1990
1989    Per Kirkeby. Pinturas, esculturas, grabados y escritos, (Kat.), Valencia: IVAM, Centre del Carme, 1989
1984    Per Kirkeby. Übermalungen 1964-1984, (Kat.), München: Kunstraum, 1984
1979    Hunov, John: Per Kirkeby. Oeuvrekatalog 1958-1977 over raderinger, linoleumssnit, træsnit, Kopenhagen: Borgens, 1979
1977    Per Kirkeby. Fliegende Blätter, (Kat.), Essen: Museum Folkwang, 1977