Bjørn Poulsen

1959 · Denmark

Artist biography

Bjørn Poulsen is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Denmark. Bjørn Poulsen was born in 1959. Born in the same country and around the same year are Eva Koch and Lise Malinovsky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bjørn Poulsen is represented by Galerie MøllerWitt located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bjørn Poulsen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie MøllerWitt in Copenhagen (19 May 2017 until 28 June 2017) with the exhibition ReSee. Bjørn Poulsen's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Easter exhibition 2020 (14 March 2020 - 02 May 2020) at Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in Denmark and Tommerup Ceramic Workshop (31 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) at Galerie Moderne Silkeborg in Denmark.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern limits. This responsiveness is often mixed with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Renowned for his melancholic and extremely scarce interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal depictions of light and shadow in simple, elegant interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a major country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Founded in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Bjørn Poulsen

Bjørn Poulsen was born in 1959 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the international reach of street art would become extremely significant, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Bjørn Poulsen

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