Per Kirkeby
Wanås, 1994

Jacob Dahlgren 
Primary Structure,
2011

Wanås

Dan Graham,
Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000

Martin Puryear
Meditation in a
Beech Wood
, 1996

Per Kirkeby at Wanås Konst – The Wanas Foundation in 2016

In 2016 Revisit – Per Kirkeby will be shown at Wanås. The exhibition of sculptures and paintings is based on the artist’s large brick sculpture that is part of the permanent collection in the sculpture park. Per Kirkeby (b. 1938 Copenhagen, Denmark) is one of Denmark’s most acclaimed artists with exhibitions and artworks all over the world. Revisit – Per Kirkeby at Wanås opens on May 15 at the same time as the exhibitions with the artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (Sweden) and Rafael Gomezbarros (Colombia).


Per Kirkeby, installation at Wanås Konst, 2016. Courtesy the artist. Courtesy Bo Bjerggaard Galleri. Photo Mattias Givell

Per Kirkeby, installation at Wanås Konst, 2016. Courtesy the artist. Courtesy Bo Bjerggaard Galleri. Photo Mattias Givell

Per Kirkeby, Wanås, 1994. Courtesy the artist. Photo Anders Norrsell

Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy the artist Courtesy Bo Bjerggaard Galleri


In the Art Gallery, visitors will find a suite of monoprints created especially for the exhibition that focuses on Per Kirkeby (b. 1938) and displays a long and multifaceted art practice. Revisit is a part of an exhibition series that highlights artists in the sculpture park. His red brick sculpture Wanås, 1994, is part of the sculpture park’s permanent collection. With Kirkeby, the red bricks are set against the chalk drawings on black background, and standardized measurements against shapes that were formed by hand. In the exhibition, we can follow his versatility as an artist—through drawings, sculpture, and graphics—and see both older and completely new artworks. The images on black masonite, his “boards,” are dated from 1987 to 2009, the bronze sculptures are from 1981 to 2010, and a series of monoprints where each graphic print is unique. Kirkeby has worked with masonite of the standard 122 x 122 cm format since the 1960s, creating both paintings and chalk drawings. Elements from nature recur frequently. The small bronze models are preliminary versions of Kirkeby’s brick sculptures that are placed in landscapes and cities around the world; they are also models for impossible works or projects that never came to pass. The bronze sculptures bear the imprint of the hand that kneaded the clay, in contrast to the predetermined expression of the brick modules. Kirkeby works in series; motifs recur in altered, developed forms in every medium. One image gives birth to the next. 

Per Kirkeby had his first solo exhibition at Den Frie artists’ association in Copenhagen in 1965. Since the 1980s, he has occupied a strong position in the international arts scene and participated in exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (1976, 1980, 1993 and 1997) and dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany (1982), as well as solo exhibitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2008), Tate Modern in London (2009), and others. Recent exhibitions 2016 include Avantgardens Blå (The Avant-garde’s Blue) at Kunstföreningen GL STRAND, as well as Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, both in Copenhagen. Kirkeby held a position as professor at the Art Academy in Karlsruhe from 1978 to 1989 and at Städelschule in Frankfurt from 1989 to 2000.

Preview: Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Exhibition period: May 15 – November 6, 2016.