Per Kirkeby

1938 - 2018 · Denmark

Artist biography

Per Kirkeby was a creative visual artist, who originated from Denmark. Per Kirkeby, born in 1938, died in 2018. Born in the same country and around the same year are Johannes Carstensen and Per Kirkeby.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Per Kirkeby's work, including galleries in countries like Denmark, France, and the United States. Galleries include Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen, Denmark. Per Kirkeby's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki (14 February 2020 until 15 March 2020) with the exhibition Hommage À Per Kirkeby. Per Kirkeby's work has also been exhibited at other exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Nordhorn (13 September 2019 - 21 February 2020) at Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Wevelgem and Over Pain Ted (21 November 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen. Per Kirkeby's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Wonderful World and took place at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 20 January 2017 to 18 March 2017.

Per Kirkeby in private collections

There are five collectors in possession of artworks by Per Kirkeby at Artland. These collectors include Henning Schultz, LSH, and The Løfberg Noack Collection, who also has works by other artists including Sandro Diener, DUSKMANN, and Andy Warhol.

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 sensibility is often mixed with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Acclaimed for his melancholic and extremely scarce interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations 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 bright 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 Per Kirkeby

Per Kirkeby was born in 1938, grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored ideas of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. Many artists concentrated on the formal properties of painting, and action painting took inspiration from the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict strictures of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Per Kirkeby

  • Artworks in Collections 9
  • Exhibitions 19

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