Per Kirkeby

Kunsthalle Krems


For another week still it is possible to visit the grand Per Kirkeby-show at Kunsthalle Krems. Initially the exhibition had been scheduled for the Danish artist´s 80th birthday, but as Kirkeby unfortunately passed away during the last year, it has assumed commemorative traits.

The show assembles pieces from all of Kirkeby´s modi operandi: It starts with the abstract paintings he is probably best known for - the glowing colours and gestic style, carrying at their core the forms and patterns of nature. Next come cray or mixed media paintings and drawings on masolit, and they constitute the main part of the exhibition. Being executed in an easy and playful manner, they give the impression of a large and special sktech book; and, as in the aforementioned paintings, it becomes evident that Kirkeby has been a painter in search for structures, either through thin layers of paint or graphically executed.. Another part of his oeuvre – a little bit strange and outlandish one – are the overpaintings of pictures found on flea markets, for instance. The aim of this procedure was to escape the own handwriting, to loosen up a bit from the usual trot. An interesting strategy... One can altogether say that Per Kirkeby hasn´t only been an outstanding artist, but he could also think and speak really well (and helpful for other artists!) about painting. As an example from the exhibition he answered the question after the moment a piece was finished correspondingly that first it has to be tough, and then good; that it was about a form of liberation. I´d recommend everyone who wishes to further immerse themselves into Per Kirkeby´s universe the book „The Artist as Polyhistor – the intellectual superstrucure in the work of Per Kirkeby“, by Lars Morell.


Julia Maurer







Kunsthalle Krems

Franz-Zeller-Platz 3

3500 Krems


Do. - So.: 10:00 - 17:00 Uhr,Mo. wenn Feiertag 10:00 - 17:00 Uhr





Header, 1, 4: Per Kirkeby, Ausstellungsansicht, Kunsthalle Krems 2018, Foto: Christian Redtenbacher Per Kirkeby, Kunsthalle Krems 2018 © Christian Redtenbacher

2: Per Kirkeby, Ohne Titel, 1991, Öl, Kreide auf Masonit, 122 × 122 cm © Per Kirkeby Estate Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner, Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln / Cologne & New York
Foto: Lothar Schnepf

3: Per Kirkeby, Stort vinterbillede – Læsø, 1984, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 × 400 cm © Per Kirkeby Estate Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner, Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln / Cologne & New York
Foto: Jörg von Bruchhausen