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Per Kirkeby

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The Kunsthalle Krems exhibition of Per Kirkeby had originally been planned as a retrospective for the artist’s 80th birthday. After Kirkeby’s death in May 2018, it has now become a commemorative exhibition.

€29.80

  • Editor

    Florian Steininger

  • Preface

    Florian Steininger

  • Texts

    Robert Fleck, Per Kirkeby

  • Design

    Alexander Rendi, Eugen Lejeune

  • Language

    German/English

  • Details

    Paperback, 28 x 23 cm, 192 pages, 105 ills. in color

  • ISBN

    978-3-903269-04-0

About the product

The Kunsthalle Krems exhibition of Per Kirkeby had originally been planned as a retrospective for the artist’s 80th birthday. After Kirkeby’s death in May 2018, it has now become a commemorative exhibition.

The comprehensive show brings together more than 100 representative paintings, sculptures and drawings by Kirkeby. Its starting point are his paintings of the 1980s, which oscillate between free painting and austere tectonics and yet are always structurally informed by nature and landscape. His rarely shown pictures on hardboard panels, which the artist worked on from his very beginnings as a painter, illustrate his complex and stylistically diverse genesis. Another focus is on his even less known overpaintings, Kirkeby’s painterly appropriations of pictures by others.

In the 1980s, he intensively explored bronze sculpture, organic formations that mainly address and examine human corporeality. In the center of his bronze sculpture, there always are the processual element and the disclosure of its materiality. The sculptures also are closely related to the paintings, with their cracked tectonics evolving from the layered painterly surfaces. The exhibition catalog contains texts by Robert Fleck, Per Kirkeby and Florian Steininger.