Per Kirkeby - Geological Messages: Paintings from 1965-2015

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Per Kirkeby - Geological Messages: Paintings from 1965-2015

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Per Kirkeby - Geological Messages: Paintings from 1965-2015
to Sat 21 May 2022
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Artist: Per Kirkeby

Michael Werner Gallery, London presents an exhibition of paintings by Danish artist Per Kirkeby (1938-2018). Taking the form of a small retrospective, the show focuses on the artist’s lifelong engagement with landscape, geology, and the natural world.

Artworks

Untitled, 1968

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Untitled, 1965

Mixed media on masonite
70 3/4 x 47 1/4 inches 180 x 120 cm

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Dunkle Höhle (the Dream about Uxmal and the Unknown Grottos of Yucatan) [Dark Cave (the Dream about Uxmal and the Unknown Grottos of Yucatan)], 1967

Oil, mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Untitled, 1981

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 51 1/4 inches 200 x 130 cm

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Untitled, 1981

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 51 1/4 inches 200 x 130 cm

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Untitled, 2012

Oil on canvas
55 x 31 1/2 inches 140 x 80 cm

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Mayalandet 2 (The Land of the Maya 2), 2011

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches 200 x 200 cm

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Untitled, 2012

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 55 inches 200 x 140 cm

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Untitled, 2011

Tempera on canvas
78 3/4 x 63 inches 200 x 160 cm

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Untitled, 2007

Tempera on canvas
78 3/4 x 51 1/4 inches 200 x 130 cm

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Untitled, 1995

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 86 1/2 inches 200 x 220 cm

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Plateaus I, 1999

Oil on canvas
45 1/4 x 37 1/2 inches 115 x 95 cm

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Untitled, 2005

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 59 inches 200 x 150 cm

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Inferno IV, 1992

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 67 inches 200 x 170 cm

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Teodora, 2011

Oil on canvas
55 x 31 1/2 inches 140 x 80 cm

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Geologische Nachrichten (Geological Messages), 1999

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 96 1/2 inches 200 x 245 cm

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Untitled, 2009

Tempera on canvas
70 3/4 x 59 inches 180 x 150 cm

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Untitled, 2005

Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches 200 x 90 cm

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Untitled, 2015

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Untitled, 2015

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Welt – Ast (World – Branch), 2000

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Untitled, 2000

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 47 1/4 inches 122 x 120 cm

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Untitled, 2014 Mixed media on masonite 48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Untitled, 2015

Mixed media on masonite
48 x 48 inches 122 x 122 cm

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Kirkeby’s interest in visible and invisible structures that configure the physical world has been well-documented. The artist studied geology in the 1950s, traveling on expeditions to Greenland and the Arctic. Making a radical shift in his life, Kirkeby decided to become an artist and enrolled in Copenhagen’s Experimental Art School in the early 1960s.

One of Scandinavia’s most important 20th century artists, Kirkeby followed the tradition of Northern European painters like Caspar David Friedrich and Edvard Munch. Like his predecessors, the artist sought to encapsulate the light and patterns of the landscape of his homeland on canvas. Trained as a geologist, Kirkeby understood the earth to be geologically unstable and continually moving between states of mineral complexity and processes of collapse. These terrestrial changes were recognized by Kirkeby to be inherently connected to the indescribable attributes of the human experience. It was through painting, drawing, and sculpture that he searched for ways to connect with the realities of an ever-changing world.

An internationally celebrated painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and author, works by Kirkeby are found in many museum collections worldwide including Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others. Important solo museum exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; the Beaux-Arts de Paris; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Tate Modern, London; IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery


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