Per Kirkeby

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Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

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Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

Red bricks, mortar, 320 x 320 x 320 cm

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Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

Red bricks, mortar, 320 x 320 x 320 cm

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Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

Red bricks, mortar, 320 x 320 x 320 cm

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Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

Per Kirkeby, København, 2015

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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 1987

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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 1987

Red bricks, mortar, 250 x 84 x 58.5 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 1987

Red bricks, mortar, 250 x 84 x 58.5 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 1987

Red bricks, mortar, 250 x 84 x 58.5 cm

Per Kirkeby, Læsø IV (Stele), V (Stele), 1982-1989

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø IV (Stele), V (Stele), 1982-1989

Red bricks, mortar, dimensions variable

Collection Tate Modern

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø IV (Stele), V (Stele), 1982-1989

Red bricks, mortar, dimensions variable

Collection Tate Modern

Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

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Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

Red bricks, mortar, 78 x 491 x 491 cm. Photo: Jan Liégeois

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Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

Red bricks, mortar, 78 x 491 x 491 cm

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Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

Red bricks, mortar, 78 x 491 x 491 cm. Photo: Jan Liégeois

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Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

Per Kirkeby, London, 1986

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø lX. Læsø X, 1982 & 1984

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø lX. Læsø X, 1982 & 1984

Red bricks, mortar, dimensions variable. Photo: Jan Liégeois

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø lX. Læsø X, 1982 & 1984

Per Kirkeby, Læsø lX. Læsø X, 1982 & 1984

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø Xll, 1989

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø Xll, 1989

Red bricks, mortar, 230 x 131 x 71 cm. Photo: Jan Liégeois

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Per Kirkeby, Læsø Xll, 1989

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Per Kirkeby, Maskiner for lys og skygge, 2018

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Per Kirkeby, Maskiner for lys og skygge, 2018

Installation view. Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark

Essen VII (Haus), 1977

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Essen VII (Haus), 1977

Red bricks, mortar, 91 x 83 x 83 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Essen VII (Haus), 1977

Per Kirkeby, Essen VII (Haus), 1977

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Per Kirkeby, Essen X (Bænk), 1977

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Per Kirkeby, Essen X (Bænk), 1977

Red bricks, mortar, 65 x 203 x 83 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Essen X (Bænk), 1977

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Per Kirkeby, Skulptures en brique, 2017

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Per Kirkeby, Skulptures en brique, 2017

Installation view, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France. Photo: George Dupin

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Per Kirkeby, Grenoble I, 1991-1992

Red bricks and mortar, 25 x 700 x 446 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Skulptures en brique, 2017

Installation view

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Per Kirkeby, Skulptures en brique, 2017

Installation view, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France. Photo: George Dupin

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Per Kirkeby, Paris VIII, 2017

Red bricks, masonry, 243 x 59 x 61 cm

Per Kirkeby, Paris II, 2017

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Per Kirkeby, Paris II, 2017

Red bricks and mortar, 230 x 83 x 71 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Paris II, 2017

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Per Kirkeby, Paris IX, 1994-2017

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Per Kirkeby, Paris IX, 1994-2017

Red bricks and mortar, 401 x 828 x 434 cm

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Per Kirkeby, Paris IX, 1994-2017

Per Kirkeby, Paris IX, 1994-2017

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Solo exhibitions

Biography & CV

Per Kirkeby (1938-2018) lived and worked in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied Natural History at the University of Copenhagen (1957-1964) and from 1962 he was a part of the experimental Ex-skolen in Copenhagen. Kirkeby was appointed Professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlruhe in 1978 and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 1989. Per Kirkeby has collaborated with Galleri Susanne Ottesen since 1980s and with sole focus on the brick works since 2015. In 1965 Kirkeby made his first brick sculptures and has since then developed his work with bricks in several directions. A large part of these works have been build up in public across Europe, either placed in urban spaces, in parks or sometimes in landscapes far from civilization. Important exhibitions in collaboration with the gallery include the showing of Kirkeby’s collected bronze sculptures at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in 1985 and the solo exhibition Nye Malerier in 1995, which included the painting “Vinterbillede”, a ground-breaking work in Kirkeby’s oevre and now part of the collection of Statens Museum for Kunst. Per Kirkeby’s brick sculptures are represented in several prominent public collections worldwide, notably The National Gallery of Denmark and Tate Modern in the UK.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2020

    Per Kirkeby – Bronze, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
    Per Kirkeby, Nordhorn, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem, Belgium

  • 2019

    Per Kirkeby, Brick Sculptures, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnege, Belgium
    Per Kirkeby 1938 – 2018, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne, Germany
    Umetnički prostor Nemačka – Art Space Germany – Kunstraum Deutschland, Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
    Nordic Impressions Contemporary Art From Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, And Sweden, Scandinavia House, New York, USA.
    Hauptsache Kopf, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
    Blickachsen 12, Skulpturenbiennale Blickachsen, Bad Hamburg, Germany

  • 2018

    Per Kirkeby, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
    Per Kirkeby: Machines for Light and Shadow, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark
    Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Bronzes from the 1980s, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA
    Carte Blanche, Vidal-Bertoux Art Contemporain, Paris, France
    Collagen, Galerie Michael Werner, Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Germany
    A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now: 1981-2018, Almine Rech, New York, USA
    A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now: 1981-2018, Almine Rech, London, UK
    Per Kirkeby: Matter is Light, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
    Per Kirkeby, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
    Per Kirkeby: Kosmos, Schloss Gottorf, Landesmuseen Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig, Germany
    Karneval der Tiere, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
    As Far as the Eye Can See, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
    Detour, Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
    Starry Nights, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark

  • 2017

    Brick Sculptures, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris, France
    Platform, The Armory Show, New York, USA
    Blackboards and Brick Works, Cahiers d’Art, Paris, France
    Rodin, L’exposition du Centenaire, la Réunion des musées nationaux, Grand Palais, Paris, France
    Per Kirkeby, Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am Se, Germany

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