Viewing Room Main Site
Skip to content

Introduction

Per Kirkeby (born 1938, died 2018) was one of Scandinavia’s most celebrated artists. An early member of the Fluxus group, he was also heavily influenced by arctic geology, which he studied at university. Although he worked in a variety of media including sculpture, film, poetry, and printmaking, Kirkeby is perhaps best known for his large abstract paintings which were often based on the Scandinavian landscape. These paintings were built up with layers upon layers of pigment, resembling geological strata, and struck a delicate balance between chaos and order. 

Kirkeby’s works have been included in exhibitions at institutions such as the Tate Modern, London; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk; and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, among others. He was included in the Venice Biennale in 1976 and 1980, the Skulptur Projekte Münster in 1987, and documenta IX in 1992. 

Per Kirkeby came to Two Palms in 2012 to explore making monotypes on a hydraulic press. 

New Works 2

New Works 2 Thumbnails

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Inquire

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Untitled, 2012
Monotype in watercolor, crayon and pencil on Lanaquarelle paper
50 x 40 inches

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2018  Per Kirkeby: Machines for Light and Shadow, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark
2018  Per Kirkeby, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austira
2017  Per Kirkeby: Sculptures en brique, Palais des études, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France
2016  Per Kirkeby, Museo d'arte Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland
2016  Per Kirkeby on Læsø, Læsø, Denmark
2015  Per Kirkeby et la région polaire, La Maison du Denmark, Paris, France
2014  Per Kirkeby: Bronze, Drypoint, Wood, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2012  Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture 1964-2010, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
2010  Per Kirkeby: Wide Awake, Eyes Closed, Künstlerhaus Göttingen, Germany
2009  Per Kirkeby Retrospective, Tate Modern, London, England 
2008  Per Kirkeby Retrospective, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, Denmark

Selected Public Collections

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia 
Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark
Middelheeim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany
Tate Britain, London, England

Back To Top