Bronze, Kaltnadel, Holz
Per Kirkeby (* 1938 in Copenhagen) is a one of the most important figures in contemporary Scandinavian art. After receiving a doctorate in geology, Kirkeby joined the Experimental Art School in Copenhagen in 1962 and began to develop the visual idiom through which he has consistently explored the metamorphosis of nature in a wealth of articulations and media. Kirkeby emphatically considers himself a painter. This context thus informs an examination of his three-dimensional works dating from the early eighties, which he produced with traditional sculpting techniques and cast in bronze. In addition, over the course of his career the artist has produced a substantial body of prints that rival his works in other media. This catalogue is the first juxtaposition of numerous drypoints and woodcuts by the artist with a series of bronzes. A number of miniature woodcuts dating from the fifties, which were believed to be lost, have been rediscovered and being published for the first time.