”Querschnitt/Tværsnit”, 1986

Per Kirkeby 1938-2018

”Querschnitt/Tværsnit”, 1986

Signed and dated on the reverse
Oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm

Provenance:
Galerie Michael Werner, Køln
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Exhibited:
Museum Ludwig, Køln “A Retrospective. Paintings, Hand Drawings, Sculptures” 26 juni – 16 august 1987 no. 63 ill. in the catalog p. 117
New York, Mary Boone & Michael Werner Gallery, “Per kirkeby” 26 november – 24 december 1988

Literature:
Ane Hjelskov Larsen ”Per Kirkeby, Malerier 1978 – 1989” Catalog Raisonné, Køln 2017 no. M 864 p. 318, 453

Year 1986
Artist Per Kirkeby 1938-2018
Price Price on request
Materials Oil on canvas
Height 200 cm
Width 150 cm

The story behind

Per Kirkeby (1938-2018) was a Danish painter, poet, filmmaker, graphic artist, sculptor and geologist.

In 1957, Per Kirkeby began studying geology at the University of Copenhagen. In 1964 he became a graduate specializing in Arctic Quaternary geology.

From 1962 to 1965 he visited the Ex-school in Copenhagen. Here he dealt with many forms of expression – especially the etching. Internationally, Kirkeby is best known for large-scale abstract paintings and backdrop-like brick sculptures, which are found in many Danish and German cities. He was represented several times at the Venice Biennale and at the Documenta exhibitions in Kassel.

He decorated the ceiling in The Black Diamond, one rotunda at the Geological Museum, made bronze sculptures for the Opera in Copenhagen and the Federal Council building in Berlin.

In addition, he published films, poems and novels.

Per Kirkeby was a member of the Danish Academy from 1982. In 1997 he became a Knight of Dannebrog and in 2001 received Ingenio et arti.

In 2018, Kirkeby donated an extensive archive to Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, after part of the archive had been at ARoS in Aarhus. Kirkeby always looked up to Asger Jorn, and it was natural for him to collect his archive at the museum for Jorn.

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