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Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture

  • 4/4/2013 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Per Kirkeby: Paintings and SculptureKlaus Ottmann, the co-curator (with Dorothy Kosinski) of "Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture," introduces themes and processes that characterize the work of Scandinavia's most highly acclaimed visual artist. Kirkeby's early training as a geologist is evident in his richly layered canvases, which are structured like geological strata. His striking bronze sculptures of fragmented body parts are similarly based in a deep dialogue with nature.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Danish painter Per Kirkeby (born 1938) is one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary artists. Kirkeby's early training as a geologist is evident in his richly layered, gorgeously colored canvases that seem constantly in flux. With his Scandinavian sensibility Kirkeby articulates responses to the Northern landscape that will resonate with audiences in the Northeast. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., organized this first survey of his work in the United States.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is the only other venue of this important exhibition. On view through July 14, 2012.