PER KIRKEBY

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.

As much as the means of expression of pop art shaped his paintings until the 1970s, later he created gestural and expressive compositions where the dominant theme is nature. What is objective turns increasingly into what is abstract. In the 1970s and 1980s he gave lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. In 1976 and 1980, his works were presented at the Venice Biennale and documenta 7. At the beginning of the 1980s, Kirkeby turned away from paintings to focus intensely on bronze sculptures. In the 1990s, Kirkeby gave lectures at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. In 2008, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art organised his first retrospective, followed in 2009 by the Tate Modern in London and the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

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

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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

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

Per Kirkeby
Untitled

2012
Mixed media on Masonite
122 × 122 cm

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Exhibitions

Per Kirkeby Galerie Haas Zürich

March 18 – April 30, 2021

Per Kirkeby

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.

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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