Per Kirkeby: White Masonites

Per Kirkeby: White Masonites

Friday, August 23, 2013Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Copenhagen, Denmark

Per Kirkeby: White Masonites

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard starts the autumn season by showing new pieces by Per Kirkeby.

After more than a half century as an artist Per Kirkeby continues to renew and develop his work . This is evident in the exhibition Per Kirkeby – White masonites, opening in the three large gallery spaces at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard. The exhibition consists of 15 white masonites, created between 2011-2013. With these pieces Kirkeby reintroduces the naked masonite the way he used it during his involvement with “Eksskolen” (The Experimental Art School) in the 60s. This time, however, Kirkeby uses the expressions known from his well-known black masonites, sometimes mixed with elements we know only from his works on canvas.

Kirkeby has always worked in a serial manner in terms of format, media, motif and themes that he methodically continues to elaborate and refine. This is also evident in the masonites. Nils Ohlsen, director of old masters and modern art at Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway speaks about this in the exhibition catalogue: “The square format of the panels seems in itself to represent the kind of frame that demands again and again to be filled in a dialogue between the intellect and the creative process.

The works on Masonite when seen as a whole are a means of cognition, a field of experimentation, a display area for educational purposes and an arena for, and reservoir of, the artist’s alphabet of objects and gestures. These pieces have taken on the role of standard works within Kirkeby’s oeuvre, corresponding – when carried over into the realm of music – not to large symphonies, but rather to sonatas or fugues. The works on Masonite are the serial outcomes both formally and in respect of subject matter of moments of action open in all directions.”

Per Kirkeby (born in Copenhagen, 1938) is one of the most internationally renowned Danish artist. He has been featured in numerous solo shows across the world, including Tate, London ( 1998 + 2009), Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2010), Palais Bozar, Brussels (2012) and most recently at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. (2012) and the Bowdoin Museum of Art in Main (2013). Many international collections feature his work: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The opening for Per Kirkeby – White Masonites is Friday August 23, 4-6 PM. At the same time Galleri Bo Bjerggaard will launch the opening of a solo show with new works by the renowned British artist Anna Barriball in the gallery spaces facing east. All is welcome to this double-opening at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard that extraordinarily, as a part of the Copenhagen Art Week, will be open until 9 PM.

Per Kirkeby, White Masonites will continue until September 28.

Per Kirkeby will also be a part of the exhibition Greenland held by Gallery Bo Bjerggaard at the art fair CHART at Charlottenborg August 30 - September 1.