Per Kirkeby

March 18 – April 30, 2021

Per Kirkeby Galerie Haas Zürich

Per Kirkeby

1938 Copenhagen – 2018 Copenhagen

Due to his use of painting, printed graphics, lyrics, and film, Per Kirkeby was considered one of the most versatile Danish contemporary artists. As one would expect from someone who holds a doctorate in geology, natural structures and forms are clearly visible in his finished works and partially shape his large-scale creations. Regardless of whether they are paintings or sculptures, they are not driven by impulse or emotion, but are subject to the controlled, reflexive work process of a scientist. Kirkeby’s methodology and style changed many times over the years.

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Selected works

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2015
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (selbst), 2021, Ball pen, watercolor on canvas, 170 x 129.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 1983, Oil, spray on canvas, 140 x 110 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Cordia (Cordia ist Soziologin, jetzt forscht sie in Wurzn), 1991, Oil on canvas, 220 x 200 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2014
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 1976, Oil on canvas, 169.8 x 250 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2014
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2014
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

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Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2014
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2013
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

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Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel, 2005, Oil on canvas, 230.6 x 164.8 cm

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

Installation views

About the exhibition

Per Kirkeby Galerie Haas Zürich

Galerie Haas AG is pleased to announce the exhibition Per Kirkeby, running from March 18 to April 30, 2021. On display will be works on Masonite created between 2012 and 2014. This is the first solo exhibition of the Danish artist (1938-2018) at the Zurich gallery.

Per Kirkeby was a multifaceted artist throughout his life. His œuvre includes painting as well as poetry, film, architecture, sculpture and printmaking. From 1957 to 1964 he first studied geology, but after numerous journeys and expeditions he took the path of an artist. Always drawing on his rich sources of inspiration, Kirkeby combines a scientifical objectivity with an artistical creativity, reflecting on what he has experienced and witnessed in an aesthetically unique form.

Equally, this applies to the works on Masonite from 2012 to 2014, a hard board that Kirkeby has used since the 1960s. The works oscillate between figuration and abstraction, yet individual elements are reminiscent of precious stones or fertile soil on which something seems to thrive. We accompany the artist into dark caves where unknown gems fluoresce, together we discover icy landscapes.

The works on Masonite reveal Kirkeby’s love of experimentation. He not only applies the traditional techniques of painting and drawing, but also readily uses a spray can. His brush stroke and the application of several layers of material furthermore bestow the works a three-dimensionality. The plasticity reminds us again of the experienced geologist who initially devoted himself to rock formations and nature on a scientific level.

The exhibition opens on March 18, 2021, from 11am to 6pm. A catalog will accompany the exhibition, published in German and English.

Catalogue

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Excerpt

“In an art-historical perspective, the masonite pictures are reminiscent of works by Arshile Gorky. Their gestural figurative elements reference Cy Twombly’s Abstract Expressionist paintings with their vegetal-like elements. In an essay written in 1986, Kirkeby admired the “classical” in the works by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Richard Serra and Sol LeWitt. For their part, the graphic works that Serra began producing in the 1970s represent an attempt at fitting different shapes into a large format that is akin to Kirkeby’s approach.”

Jagoda Kamola

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