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Olav Christopher Jenssen, A Day Behind, Market Art Fair, 17-19 May 2024

Presented by Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen and Galleri Riis, Oslo: Olav Christopher Jenssen A Day Behind Market Art Fair, Stockholm 17-19 May, 2024 Booth 1 & 2 This year marks 40 years of collaboration between Galleri Susanne Ottesen and Galleri Riis. Since 1985, the galleries have shared an interest in art and artists, made several collaborations and maintained a strong friendship. For the 2024 edition of Market Art Fair, we are proud to celebrate this anniversary with a solo exhibition by longstanding shared gallery artist Olav Christopher Jenssen (b. 1954). For Jenssen, who turned 70 this April, the past year has been challenging, but also remarkably prolific and artistically flourishing. His exhibition A Day Behind at Market Art Fair will present new works across mediums; thirty ceramic sculptures, fifty works on paper and three large paintings. In the winter of 2023, Olav Christopher Jenssen suffered a stroke which caused permanent damage to his vision. At the time, he was busy preparing his studio to start work on a new series of large paintings, but impeded by his reduced vision, the canvases were put on hold for an indefinite period. In the early stage of convalescence, he intuitively turned to clay and started building and shaping ceramic sculptures, all varying in size and complexity, but easily identified as a family of mysterious personalities and habitats, evoking a hidden fairytale world. Their highly saturated glazes span from shades of brown and black to bright pastels. Parallel to his work with ceramics, Jenssen gradually picked up his 'Journal' series of mixed media drawings on paper, a body of work that has been ongoing since the 1980s and, when seen together, reads like a diary of his artistic life. The works made over the past year show a multitude of imagery and styles, from monochrome line drawings to richly textured and vibrantly coloured compositions made with various crayons, pastels and acrylic paints. Last December, Jenssen returned to his large canvases and completed a suite of three paintings, executed with oil on canvas, all in a duo-chromatic style, with fine laces and bursts of white oil paint over a cadmium red ground. A Day Behind is a materialization of how, for Olav Christopher Jenssen, his artistic practice is persistent – or in his own words: “simply an ongoing thing” – even when life takes unexpected turns.
  About the Artist Olav Christopher Jenssen (b. 1954 in Sortland, Norway) is one of the foremost artists of his generation from the Nordic countries and has gained international recognition for his distinctive and multifaceted paintings, as well as for his idiosyncratic sculptures. His production also includes drawings, watercolors, prints, book illustration and publications. Jenssen lives and works in Berlin and in Lya, Sweden. He was appointed professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg i 1996, and from 2007 until 2023 he held a professorship at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig in Germany. In 1992, he became the first Norwegian contemporary artist to take part in Documenta in Kassel, Germany. He is represented in important public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Centre Pompidou, Paris Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Marta Herford, Germany, The National Museum in Oslo and Buffalo AKG Art Museum, USA. He has held major exhibitions in Malmö konsthall, Kiasma Helsinki and Kunstmuseum Bonn. Recent exhibitions include «Journal – works on paper 1979-2012» at Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, and «Estragon» at Sprengel Museum, Hannover. In 2019, the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo featured an impressive display of his works from the museums’ collection. He was awarded the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal in 1997, and in 2015, Jenssen was made Knight of the 1st Class of the Order of St. Olav for his contribution to the arts.

Andreas Eriksson, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, 13 April - 25 August

The exhibition "The house is leaning, but the curtains hang straight" is the largest exhibition by the renowned artist Andreas Eriksson in Norway. The overarching theme of the exhibition is the encounter between nature and architecture. At Lillehammer Art Museum, textiles, paintings, and sculptural objects are the dominant expressions. Several of the works are newly created and specially adapted to the museum's architecture. Andreas Eriksson gained early international recognition, notably at Art Basel Statement in 2007, where he won the prestigious Baloise Art Prize, and later at the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. The themes have largely revolved around experiences of and with nature. In recent years, interest in architectural elements has become more pronounced in his works. In the exhibition at Lillehammer Art Museum, nature and architecture come together. 

Pablo Jansana, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, MAC, Chile, 5 April - 23 June

Adormecer a los felices presents the recent work of Chilean artist Pablo Jansana (Santiago, 1976). The exhibition at Museo De Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago Chile is made up of a selection of small, medium and large format works that display, as a whole, a colorful pictorial and conceptual exercise. This series integrates various material and chromatic proposals that provide an overview of his political, emotional and visual thinking in recent history. To create them, Jansana has taken as a basis elements from various fields, such as literature, cinema, critical theory, visual culture and the mass media; and he has focused his attention on investigating traumatic memory, symbols of national identity, everyday aspects of life, some news events, as well as the dreams, desires and failures of the period known as post-dictatorship. To visit the museum's website, click here.

Per Kirkeby, Arken, 12 Oct 2023 - 25 Feb 2024

Per Kirkeby's show 'BRICKS' is on view at ARKEN from 12 October 2023 - 25 February 2024. The show is dedicated solely to Per Kirkeby's monumental brick sculptures, marking the 50th anniversary of the construction of his first large brick work in a public space in 1973, and features columns, walls, houses, benches, low-lying floor works and even a scenography (created by Per Kirkeby in 1992 for the performance of Iphigenia auf Tauris by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). As well as their commanding presence in the main axis, Kirkeby works can be found out in the museum grounds, where they are are in dialogue with the natural surroundings. Besides major known brick works, ARKEN also exhibits a number of Kirkeby's unrealized works! The 64 unrealised works that the artist conceptualised will be compiled for the first time in the forthcoming publication, 'Per Kirkeby: The Complete Bricks, (Vol. 2), Unrealized Projects'. To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

'Galleristen', WeekendAvisen

In the run up to our anniversary show, Pernille Albrethsen interviewed Susanne for WeekendAvisen (in print Friday 15 September). The two look back at the origins of Galleri Sussanne Ottesen, reflect on how the art scene has changed during the last 40 years and make some predictions about what might come! Read the full text via WeekendAvisen (Danish only), or enjoy an excerpt from the article below:
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"Today, we have a real scene, the best in the Nordics in fact. And it's a real scene because we cover all aspects. There are artist-run places, there are foundations, museums, even new art galleries. And then there are enough galleries like my own that there is also a professional, commercial scene. Going on gallery visits has become something you do. Ottesen calls it "entertainment". 'Although I can worry about what will happen when the wind changes and something new has to come, it's fantastic. People would be amazed if they knew how many young people come to see our exhibitions. On top of it all, we find ourselves in a time of conflict. The whole concept of art is disintegrating, the concept of identity and the concept of work, and the performative takes up more and more space. So maybe art is also a more interesting place than it has been for a very long time.' So much has art become a business that museums today can hardly afford to buy contemporary art. 'The biggest challenge of today is that you have some artists who take their work deeply seriously, yet perhaps the outside world does not. It's a clash, one that - if we look at it in a positive light - might help to move art forward, in a new direction. Or, it just dies.'"

Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, 26 Aug - 22 Oct 2023

We are delighted to share that gallery artist, Marie Søndergaard Lolk is participating at the current exhibition Bad Timing – or How to Write History Without Objects at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen. The exhibition explores its origins in an historical exhibition from 1920, which presented 200 female artists and some 700 Artworks. Surrounded by today’s context, in which many of the artworks are unknown or lost, Bad Timing tries to make the women’s work tangible despite their material absence. To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

Nina Nowak work acquired by Horsens Art Museum

The gallery is very pleased to announce that Horsens Art Museum has recently added an artwork by artist Nina Nowak to their collection. The sculpture And Now, Up in the Air! (machine part 2/3) (2021) is now part of the museum's permanent collection. For more information on Nina Nowak's practice, click here.

NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1, spotlight on Troels Wörsel

Susanne and Troels Wörsel began working together in the mid 1980s having met at IE-Graphic, a Copenhagen-based printmaking studio where Susanne was working (up until 1979) and Wörsel making lithographs. In 1985, they realised Wörsel's first solo exhibition with the gallery, a painting show of his 'Madbilleder' (food pictures) in Store Kongensgade. When not painting, you were likely to find the artist in the kitchen! Wörsel was a passionate cook and had a particular fondness for classic French cuisine. Much of his inspiration for recipes and artworks alike came from his admiration of the great French chefs - Paul Bocuse, the Troisgros brothers and Alain Ducasse, whose work he knew intimately. Susanne remembers making pasta by hand in their Store Kongensgade apartment, using kitchen furniture to keep the strands aloft. The second exhibition they realised at the apartment featured paintings from his 'Vinetiketter' (wine labels) series where the artist would overlay and paint the depictions and text from the bottles. The resulting paintings appeared to have no definite 'top' or 'bottom'. A fine example from this series - painted in 1988 - will feature in part 1 of our anniversary exhibition, which opens tomorrow! Wörsel was also present in Gothersgade from the very beginning, featuring both in the major group show 'Skulls' which opened in 1989 and with a solo show of new paintings in November of the same year. Captured here, some lost footage of Susanne walking through the group show - you can see three of Wörsel's infamous skull and crossbones paintings on the top left, and a very large diptych by the artist in the middle and right.

NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1, spotlight on A. R. Penck

In 1989, the gallery relocated to Gothersgade 49 where we have remained ever since. It was in September of that year that we opened our first exhibition in the space, a solo show with A. R. Penck comprised of large-scale paintings, paper works and bronze sculptures. The exhibition received a lot of attention from the Danish press with Susanne, a brand new (female!) gallerist presenting a major exhibition with the internationally renowned, charismatic artist. Politiken gave a glowing review of both the show and the new gallery, though the headline might raise a few eyebrows today! "Galleri debut with a worldwide name: Danish girl exhibits A. R. Penck in competition with the big international galleries!" Now, many years later while celebrating the history of the gallery, we will be showing a number of the works that featured in that 1989 exhibition. Captured here, A. R. Penck's magnificent paintings through the gallery windows - September 1989 frozen in time. If you look closely, you can get a glimpse of the bronze sculpture we are showing in ‘NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1’. A. R. Penck (1939-2017) was born and lived in East Germany, but immigrated to West Germany in 1980. Susanne and Penck were introduced by Per Kirkeby in the early 80s, the two artists were close friends. Penck visited Copenhagen in 1984, collaborating with Susanne for the first time. The artist made some amazing prints together with Susanne and Niels Broch Jensen – one of them a portrait of Kirkeby! Two of the prints they made in 1984 is on view in the exhibition!!

NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1, spotlight on Kirsten Ortwed

Susanne began working with Kirsten Ortwed in the early "80s, exhibiting wax and polyurethane sculptures by the artist in the gallery's Store Kongensgade premises through the years. The artist, ever experimental with her choice of materials, has always sought to find new ways to approach sculpture. When the gallery relocated to Gothersgade in 1989, Ortwed was one of the first artists to present a show in the space; a duo exhibtion of new works with Rosemarie Trockel which opened on 14 September 1990. A solo show by Kirsten Ortwed was among the first at the newly opened DCA Gallery in New York in 1995 (a venture spearheaded by Susanne with 5 of her Copenhagen colleagues. They would run the space for over 10 years). Susanne recalls installing the exhibition alongside the artist late into the evening, causing stress for the gallery's Director, Miles, who was anxious that they wouldn't be ready to open as planned the following day. His fears came true when he returned in the morning to find no works installed in the space, instead - two empty glasses and one empty bottle of whiskey! The two share a love of hard liquor. Susanne also presented Ortwed at international art fairs including, on a number of occasions, Art Cologne - then the European epicentre of Contemporary Art - where the artist lived for many years. Pictured here, Kirsten Ortwed in our 1990 Art Cologne booth where she featured alongside Per Kirkeby, Bjørn Nørgaard, A. R. Penck and Troels Wörsel! Two of Ortwed's wax works from 1990 and a polyurethane wall-sculpture from 1983 is featured in Part 1 of our anniversary exhibition, 'NOW HERE, THEN THERE'.

NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1, spotlight on Bjørn Nørgaard

Susanne and Bjørn Nørgaard began their collaboration in 1980, working initially with prints which were published together with Niels Borch Jensen. It was in 1983 that Susanne realised the first exhibition at Store Kongensgade, presenting a solo show of sculptures by Bjørn Nørgaard. The exhibition also featured the artist's 6-part print ‘Slagtet på Rheden’, an iconic work that later contributed to Nørgaard being invited to create the 17 tapestries for Queen Margrethe II's 50th birthday. The project began in 1990, with the artist creating full scale plans of the monumental tapestries to send to the two Parisian ateliers tasked with bringing his designs to life, but it was 10 years before they were complete! In 2000 (for the Queen's 60th!), the work was installed at the palace with a fitting inauguration dinner attended by the Royal Family and with a speech by Nørgaard. You can still experience these special tapestries today, which remain on view at Christiansborg Palace. The artist also presented ceramic models for the work ‘Menneskemuren’ in his first exhibition with the gallery in 1983. 'Menneskemuren' was to feature in a major Nordic exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and was made as a tribute to the diversity of New York as Nørgaard experienced it at the time. The work was later acquired by The National Gallery of Denmark where it was on view for 10 years. It has since been on loan to Horsens Art Museum where it is placed prominently in front of the museum. Coming to the present day - 40 years later - NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1 will re-create Nørgaard's very first exhibition, bringing it from Store Kongensgade to Gothersgade. Both ‘Slaget på Rheden’ and the drafts for ‘Menneskemuren’ will be presented together once more. For the occasion of 40 years, Bjørn Nørgaard performed one of his infamous 'actions' on the opening day of the exhibition, titled ‘MONSVENERIS: AKTION’. Pictured here, Susanne and Bjørn Nørgaard at his Copenhagen studio in 1987.

NOW HERE, THEN THERE: PART 1, spotlight on Per Kirkeby

Susanne and Per Kirkeby began collaborating as early as 1979, publishing prints by the artist together with Niels Borch Jensen. It was in 1985 that Susanne realised Per Kirkeby's first solo exhibition with the gallery, hiring the entirety of Den Frie Udstillingsbygning for the occasion! This major show exhibited 38 of Kirkeby's bronzes, made between 1981- 84. A selection of prints were also on view. (It wasn't until 2020, at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, that a comprehensive presentation of his bronzes was again realised.) Susanne recalls missing one of the greatest games of football while installing the show - Denmark vs the Soviet Union. The game, which ended in a triumphant 4-2 victory, took place on constitution day, 5 June 1985, and cheers of exuberant Danish fans at the Idrætspark stadium could be heard from all those hard at work at Den Frie! Fortunately, Per Kirkeby's magnificent show was well worth missing the game for! Pictured here, Susanne in Per Kirkeby's exhibition at Den Frie: Per Kirkeby 'Skulpturer' Den Frie Udstillingsbygning 8 - 23 June, 1985 Per Kirkeby is one of five artists featuring in part 1 of our 40 year anniversary exhibition, 'NOW HERE, THEN THERE'. A bronze sculpture from his 1985 show is once again presented as we celebrate 40 Years of Galleri Susanne Ottesen.

Olav Christopher Jenssen, RAVINEN, 10 Jun - 3 Sep 2023

Currently on view at RAVINEN Kulturhus, Båstad, Sweden is a solo exhibition by Norwegian gallery artist Olav Christopher Jenssen. The comprehensive show titled IMPERFECTUM comprises of sculptures, paperworks, smaller canvases as well as major paintings, among others Another Pale Afternoon: The Post-Rubicon Paintings No. 20 (captured here to the right). Click here to read more about the exhibition at RAVINEN (in Swedish). Click here to explore Jenssen's practice further and enquire about available work. Photo: Charlotta Jönsson.

Per Kirkeby, Museo Tamayo, 13 Jul - 15 Oct 2023

The gallery was delighted to participate in the opening of Per Kirkeby. Evocation of Posterity, at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. The solo exhibition of brick sculptures, architectural drawings, and paintings brings together the works across mediums, and testifies to the diversity of Kirkeby's oeuvre while showing that his work was not concerned with a particular mode of expression but rather with human feeling, sedimentation and stratification, and with the dialogue between nature and abstraction, form and structure, landscape and architecture. The exhibition is curated by Andrés Valtierra and is on view until the 15 October 2023. Captured at the opening, the sculpture Frankfurt am Main (1994), which is on view among 7 other brick sculptures. To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

Andreas Eriksson, Thielska Galleriet, 6 May - 1 Oct 2023

We congratulate gallery artist Andreas Eriksson, who is currently exhibiting at Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm, in the exhibition Touching. Andreas Eriksson and Edvard Munch. Eriksson's prints - a perhaps lesser known category of works in his oeuvre - are thus brought into a new, lively dialogue with the Norwegian artist's graphic works, whereby new meanings and qualities can be examined in their distinctive practices. To learn more about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Per Myrehed

Nina Nowak, Copenhagen Contemporary, 12 May - 30 Dec 2023

We congratulate gallery artist Nina Nowak, who is currently participating with a new video work at Copenhagen Contemporary, in the show titled Yet, it Moves!. Bringing together works by Danish and international artists, the exhibition is poised at the intersection of art and science, with a central theme of motion as an omnipresent phenomenon. Be sure to swing by Reffen in order to enjoy the immersive universe of Nowak's work, one that has been in the process of becoming for several years, since her inaugural solo show at the gallery titled A Timeline Starting on the Surface (2021). Click here to learn more about the exhibition. Captured here is an installation view of the work, photo: David Stjernholm

Martin Erik Andersen, Pernille With Madsen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Kirsten Ortwed, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, 22 Apr - 28 May 2023

We are delighted to share that four gallery artists, Martin Erik Andersen, Pernille With Madsen, and Bjørn Nørgaard are participating at this year's Den Frie exhibition in Copenhagen. The historically important group exhibition brings together works by the members of Denmark's oldest artists' association and surveys contemporary tendencies in Danish art annually. Learn more about this year's edition, titled Free Hands, by clicking here. Captured here is an installation view from the show, with Bjørn Nørgaard's monumental sculpture The Burghers of Calais (1985/2022), to the right. Photo: David Stjernholm

Pernille With Madsen, Ringsted Sportcenter, Denmark, permanent installation

We congratulate Pernille With Madsen on the inauguration of her permanent installations ‘Overgang’ at Ringsted Sportcenter, Denmark, which took place 16 April 2023. About the works, she describes how the installations can be seen as ‘a movement from one state to another'. Pernille With Madsen, explains that 'my wish is, that the works should intervene and be experienced as part of the space and the architecture. I believe that in this way you get to see the whole room in a new way - and you have space to fall in awe of your surroundings. That's very much what it's about for me when I get the chance to intervene in a building and make a decoration in a public space like this. ' The permanent installations at Ringsted Sportcenter include four different fields which consist of six boards each. The four different fields represent different motifs and consist of a total of seven different types of wood.

Kehnet Nielsen painting acquired by Horsens Art Museum

The gallery is thrilled to announce that Horsens Art Museum just acquired a major recent painting by Danish artist Kehnet Nielsen, titled Ikonoklastisk Epifani (2022). This monumental painting, now part of the museum's permanent collection, is scheduled to be displayed at the institution later this year. To discover Kehnet Nielsen's practice, click here.

Pernille With Madsen, Sorø Art Museum, Denmark, 24 Feb - 21 May 2023

The gallery is delighted to share that gallery artist Pernille With Madsen is participating in the group show The Barricaded Picture at Sorø Art Museum. The show brings together a range of Danish and international contemporary artists and showcases works that operate with the idea of presenting 'an obstructed view'. With Madsen participates in the exhibition with two video works titled Transition (2008) and Januar-Februar (2009). For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Courtesy Sorø Art Museum.

Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Simian, Denmark, 25 Feb - 16 Apr 2023

The Copenhagen-based exhibition space Simian just opened a new exhibition by gallery artist Marie Søndergaard Lolk and Anne-Mette Schultz under the title Skald. The exhibition showcases new works realized collectively by the two artists through an ongoing dialogue, exploring the possibilities at the meeting of various materials and textures. Make sure to visit the show which is on view through 16 April. For more information about the exhibition on Simian's website, click here. Photo: GRAYSC, by the courtesy of Simian

Emil Westman Hertz, Horsens Art Museum, Denmark, 25 Feb - 13 Aug 2023

Be sure to visit Horsens Art Museum's most recently opened dialogue exhibition titled Last Light, which brings together works by late gallery artist Emil Westman Hertz (1978-2016) and American artist Nick Theobald. Captured here in the middle is Emil Westman Hertz's work De to byer (2015) which is part of the museum's permanent collection. Last Light is on view in the museum through 13 August. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Nina Nowak work acquired by Horsens Art Museum

The gallery congratulates Nina Nowak, whose work titled Folded and hung up to Dry (2018) has been acquired by Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark. Folded and hung up to Dry is the fourth work of Nowak’s to be part of the museum’s permanent collection. Click here to read more about the artist's practice. Photo: Stine Heger

'The Substance of the World', a conversation between Nanna Abell and Milena Høgsberg, CHART Journal

As part of CHART Journal, Nanna Abell has been in conversation with Milena Høgsberg, curator, writer and Director at Wanås Konst, who together consider the intimate and fragile properties that underline the artist’s practice. They explore the erotic clashing of material sensibilities; the intimate entanglement between the digital and the offline; and environmental contamination as played out in bathing a child’s body. "Yet while I was installing this show [at Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon], my daughter was in a state of euphoria embalming herself in sea foam at the coast just 30 minutes away. [S]ome time later, I learned that sea foam has the strongest concentration of fluorine substances (flourstoffer) and that one should avoid contact. Apparently the fluorine substances are very fond of foam and bubbles - and so is a little human body - this light fluffy tickling. So it's not only the visible contamination, there is also an invisible accumulation that makes touching the world so much more difficult suddenly. I sometimes think that our mental shores are equally endangered with heaps and fragments of waste of information with daily debris of images and language pouring in. I think part of my work is trying to make tiny clear bays around objects - just to “pollute” them again, with a different agenda. An agenda that doesn’t have to add up." 📖 Read the conversation in full via the CHART Journal. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Nina Nowak, Korean Cultural Centre UK, 23 Nov 2022 - 4 Feb 2023

Congratulations to gallery artist Nina Nowak (PL/DE) who features in the current group exhibition Begin Again: KCC x Germany at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London. The participating artists and finalists of the 2022 KCC UK and Germany Open creatively reflect upon the notion of transformation and re-imagination. The exhibition is an attempt to look for change in uncertainty, and through constant questioning find innovation in what may seem to be chaos. The exhibition runs until 4 February. Click here for more information about the show. Photo: Dan Weill, courtesy Korean Cultural Centre UK.

Per Kirkeby, Kunsthal kAdE, Netherlands, 10 Sep 2022 - 8 Jan 2023

Per Kirkeby's exceptional works 'London', 1986 and 'Paris', 2017, currently feature in the group show BAKSTEEN | BRICK at Kunsthal kAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands. Curated by Judith van Meeuwen, the show pays tribute to this ancient building material with works by more than 50 artists, architects and designers: "The appeal of brick walls is anchored in thousands of variations in size, shape, colour, texture and repetition. But it is also the intrinsic layering that makes the material unique." The beauty of the material is emphatically expressed in the monumental buildings by Danish artist Per Kirkeby in the main hall. The exhibition will be on view until 8 January 2023. For more information about the exhibition visit Kunsthal kAdE's website. Photo: Peter Cox.

Ragna Braase, National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy, India, 16 Nov 2022- 16 Feb 2023

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is delighted to share that four extraordinary weavings by Ragna Braase have been included in Tradition is Contemporary - Danish Textile Craft in Art and Design at the National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy in New Delhi, India. Works by 13 Danish textile artists and designers are on display, spanning from the 1930s to the present day, exploring the connection between local Danish textile traditions and Indian crafts and techniques. The exhibition aims to showcase how objects and ideas migrate, travelling across different cultures and times. The exhibition has been curated by Mentze Ottenstein in collaboration with the Danish Agency of Culture & Palaces, Copenhagen, and The Danish Embassy, New Delhi. The exhibition will be on view until 16 February 2023. Photo: Mentze Ottenstein.

Marijke van Warmerdam, ZKM, Germany 29 Oct 2022 - 5 Feb 2023

Be sure to catch gallery artist Marijke van Warmerdam’s solo exhibition Then, now, and then at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. On view are fourteen films which the artist made during a residency in Rome in 2017, and on subsequent visits, that capture life on the streets of the Eternal City. The films reveal traces of the dynamism of the Baroque era still present in Rome today, with accompanying soundscapes to transport you to the city. The exhibition will run until 5 February 2023. Further information can be found via ZKM's website. Photo: Uli Deck and Tobias Wootton.    

Bjørn Nørgaard, 'Sapientia', Skejby Hospital, Aarhus

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is pleased to announce the unveiling of Bjørn Nørgaard's bronze sculpture Sapientia in front of Skejby Hospital, Aarhus. The work was unveiled Friday 28 October 2022. Sapientia is a new and twice as large interpretation of Nørgaard's earlier work Göttin der vielen Fähigkeiten, which has been placed inside the hospital since 1987. Sapientia was created in collaboration with the Art Association at Skejby Hospital. Photo: the artist.

Pernille With Madsen in conversation with Sven Felding, Herlev Hospital

On 12 October, Art Hub Copenhagen organized a tour to Herlev Hospital where gallery artist Pernille With Madsen and architect Sven Felding gave a talk on the topic of hospital art today. The conversation highlighted contemporary examples of the intersection between art and architecture - including the new health centre in Hostebro for which With Madsen created work - and examined how artists can interact with the subject of health. Photo: Camilla Hedegaard Møller.

Celebration of Lawrence Wiener, Whitney Museum of American Art, USA

On 20 September 2022, the art world came together in celebration of Lawrence Weiner with a special event at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Galleri Susanne Ottesen was honoured to be part of this special evening, paying tribute to Lawrence Wiener and his amazing legacy. Photo: Matthew Carasella.

Fredrik Tydén, Forum Building and Park, Skejby Hospital, Aarhus

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is pleased to announce the inauguration of Fredrik Tydén's permanent installation at the newly opened Forum Building and Park at Aarhus University Hospital. The ribbon was cut and the works unveiled on Wednesday 7 September, 2022. Tydén's installation comprises of five bronze sculptures that can be enjoyed out in the park. Photo: the artist.

Nina Nowak in conversation with Lars Bang Larsen, Arken Museum of Modern Art

Nina Nowak (DE/PL), who participated in the 2022 summer exhibition Grundstof at Arken, was in conversation with Lars Bang Larsen, curator and director of Art Hub Copenhagen, on 21 September, 2022 at Arken, Ishøj. The conversation explored subjects such as circadian rhythm and tides, the use/misuse of technology in art, and how to work with both dead and living materials. The in conversation was arranged in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Dänemark. Photo: Frida Gregersen.

Nanna Abell & Pernille With Madsen, CHART Tivoli, 25 Aug - 27 Sep 2022

For CHART's 10th celebratory edition they collaborated with the iconic amusement park Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. The project invites visitors to explore a series of new art installations by 15 artists situated throughout the park, including site-specific sculptures and video projections, thereby expanding the traditional art fair format and encouraging new audiences to engage with contemporary art. Gallery artists Nanna Abell and Pernille With Madsen contributed to the the exhibition. You can find their works in Tivoli from 25 August to 25 September 2022. You can read more about the project at CHART's website. Captured here: Nanna Abell, The truth of the world, 2022, intervention with grain in slot machine, dimensions variable. Photo: Jan Søndergaard.

Nanna Abell, Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, 27 Aug - 25 Sep 2022

Just opened! Nanna Abell just opened her solo exhibition Phychodile at Vestjyllands Kunstpavillion. In Abell's solo exhibition Psychodile lies an invitation to become material. The found objects - although selected and arranged by the artist – have always already been modelled by external conditions, and their surfaces carry physical ornaments of climate, consumption, exhaustion, fire, moist, desire, décor. Rather than exhibiting single works, Abell establishes a framework where materiality doesn't concern only the physical qualities in themselves, but also and foremost the poetry of human, messy affairs with the physical outside world. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Book presentation Inger Christensen, Sich selber sehen möchte die Welt, illustrated by Olav Christopher Jenssen

Thank you for everybody who joined us for the launch of the newly translated book Inger Christensen: Sich selber sehen möchte die Welt (BuchKunst Kleinheinrich: 2022). The book is illustrated with 106 watercolour works by Olav Christopher Jenssen made specifically for this publication. Part of the watercolour series is currently exhibited at the gallery. Captured here are Olav Christopher Jenssen in conversation with Josef Kleinheinrich, Founder of the publishing house BuchKunst Kleinheinrich. To enquire about a signed and numbered copy of the book, containing an original watercolour work by Jenssen, please get in touch by mail at galleri@susanneottesen.dk .

Bjørn Nørgaard works acquired by Horsens Art Museum

The gallery is thrilled to share that Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark has recently acquired two works by gallery artists Bjørn Nørgaard. The groups of works titled Mrs. Yin and Mr. Yang (2019) and Zodiacs (2017; captured here to the right) are now part of the museum's permanent collection. Click here to read more about the artist's practice. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Nanna Abell work acquired by Horsens Art Museum

The gallery congratulates Nanna Abell, whose work titled woozy hoops (2021) has recently been acquired by Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark.  Abell's work had already been part of the permanent collection of the museum and now we are delighted to share this acquisition of a recent work by the artist. Woozy hoops will be exhibitied at Horsens Art Museum later this year. Click here to discover more about the artist's practice. Photo: Malle Madsen

Ian McKeever in conversation with Mikkel Bogh

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the finissage of British artist Ian McKeever's exhibition Henge Paintings last Saturday here in the gallery! And special thanks to the artist and Mikkel Bogh, Director at the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) for their insightful conversation held at the event. Captured here are, in front of McKeever's monumental painting Henge XI, the artist (to the left) and Mikkel Bogh during the in conversation.

Kirsten Ortwed, Lawrence Weiner, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, 22 Jun - 14 Aug 2022

Yesterday Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art opened the spectacular exhibition Gogo, presenting a broad selection of works by Danish artist Kirsten Ortwed, German artist Rosemarie Trockel, and late American artist Lawrence Weiner. Gogo is the first-ever exhibition to showcase works by these three artists together, but one can find different connection points in their practices. Among others, Ortwed and Trockel made an exhibition together at Galleri Susanne Ottesen in 1990 (click here for images). A detail of their jointly-made multiple piece Blue Box (1990) from the 1990 show is currently on view at Gogo, and is also captured here. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: David Stjernholm

Finissage and conversation between Ian McKeever and Mikkel Bogh

To mark the closing of Ian McKeever’s exhibition, Henge Paintings, at Galleri Susanne Ottesen, we are delighted to invite you to an in conversation between the artist and Mikkel Bogh, Director at the National Gallery of Denmark. Surrounded by Ian McKeever's monumental Henge Paintings, the conversation will explore the nature of painting today, taking McKeever's work as a focal point. The talk will take place at the gallery at 3pm on Saturday 25 June, with refreshments served from 2:30pm. Please note that the conversation will be held in English. To reserve a seat, please reply to galleri@susanneottesen.dk by Thursday 23 June. Places will also be kept for walk-ins. For those of you not in Copenhagen, we will also be live-streaming the event via the gallery's Instagram account: @gallerisusanneottesen. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Nina Nowak, Arken Museum of Modern Art, 21 May - 25 Sep 2022

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is pleased to share that work by Nina Nowak is currently on view at Arken Museum of Moden Art, Ishøj, Denmark. The museum's outdoor summer exhibition, where Nowak exhibits jointly with Silas Inoue, is titled From The Earth. Nowak's sculptural installation, captured on this photo, may be experienced in the museum's publicly accessible sculpture garden through 25 September. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Frida Gregersen.

Kirsten Ortwed, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, 4 Mar -21 Aug 2022

We are delighted to highlight that work by gallery artist Kirsten Ortwed is also featured in the temporary exhibition Marble at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg,The group exhibition explores a history of sculpture made of this noble material across space and time. Captured here are Ortwed’s Floor to Ceiling works (2000) which are currently on display and part of the museum’s permanent collection. The cord-like structures, also reminiscent of pearls, are each comprised of different types of marble, a material that is important in the sculptor’s practice. The exhibition Marble is running through 21 August 2022. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Niels Fabæk, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

Martin Erik Andersen, Pernille With Madsen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, 25 Mar - 29 May 2022

The annual exhibition titled Den Frie Udstilling 2022 has just opened its doors at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are delighted to share that among others, work by three gallery artists Martin Erik Andersen (b. 1964), Pernille With Madsen (b. 1972), and Bjørn Nørgaard (b. 1947) is featured in the show. Den Frie Udstilling, which has received the subtitle Atmospheres – Action, Euphoria, Melancholy, Spirituality this year, is a historically significant exhibition platform surveying current tendencies in Danish contemporary art. For more information, click here. Captured here are the two sculptures by Martin Erik Andersen on view in the exhibition, Blind Laser (2019, to the right) and Hierophant (Blind Diophantus the Arab) (2019). Photo: David Stjernholm

Bjørn Nørgaard's performance, Wo ist Element 3?

Last weekend gallery artist Bjørn Nørgaard (b. 1947) did yet another performance, titled Wo ist Element 3?, in Manresa, Spain. The performance, which Nørgaard himself defines as an 'action', was a tribute to Joseph Beuys and Ignatius of Loyola and was accompanied by sound composers Christophe and Egon Charles. Photo: Manresa 2022

Ragna Braase works acquired by Sorø Kunstmuseum

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is delighted to share that works by gallery artist Ragna Braase (1929-2013) have recently been acquired by Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark. Captured here is Braase's work titled Natsværmere (1978), which is among the different weavings and textile works by the artist which are now part of the museum's permanent collection. To learn more about Ragna Braase's practice, click here. Photo: Stine Heger

Martin Erik Andersen, Ragna Braase, Horsens Art Museum, 12 Feb - 26 Jun 2022

May we recommend you to visit Horsens Art Museum's most recent exhibition titled ‘New Acquisitions,’ showcasing how the institution's permanent collection has enriched over recent years. Works by gallery artists Martin Erik Andersen (b. 1964) and Ragna Braase (1929-2013) are part of the exhibition, which is on view through 26 June 2022. Captured here is Braase's weaving-based installation titled  Douar - Det sorte telt from 1982-83. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Fredrik Tydén, Antvorskov Kaserne, public comission

Galleri Susanne Ottesen congratulates Danish sculptor Fredrik Tydén on his latest public comission. The artist has just been selected to make a site-specific permanent installation for the arrival zone at Antvorskov Kaserne, Slagelse, Denmark. For more information about Tydén's practice, click here.

Olav Christopher Jenssen in conversation with Anders Kold

Thank you to everyone who attended the finissage of Olav Christopher Jenssen's solo exhibition, Another Pale Afternoon / The Post-Rubicon Paintings at the gallery last Saturday. Special thanks to the artist (to the left) and to Anders Kold, curator at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, for their insightful in conversation held at the event. For more information about Jenssen's exhibition, comprising of his latest body of paintings, click here.

Season's Greetings 2021

The gallery is closed from 23 December 2021 - 3 January 2022. After the holiday period, there will still be time to experience our current exhibition Another Pale Afternoon / The Post-Rubicon Paintings by Olav Christopher Jenssen, which is on view through 22 January 2022. Galleri Susanne Ottesen wishes you joyful holidays and a happy New Year - we look forward to welcoming you in 2022! Photo: Stine Heger

'How Lawrence Weiner (1942–2021) Reimagined What Art Could Be' by Martin Herbert

In a publication on ArtReview, writer and critic Martin Herbert pays tribute to Lawrence Weiner, who passed away earlier this month. Click here to access the article. Photo: Ole Mortensen

Lawrence Weiner, 1942 - 2021

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is profoundly saddened to learn about the passing away of Lawrence Weiner on December 2, 2021, aged 79. It has been a great privilege to know and to work with Lawrence for the past thirty years. Photo by Kirsten Vibeke Thueson Weiner. Courtesy Moved Pictures Archive, NY.

Jean-Marc Bustamante, Troels Wörsel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 30 Nov 2021 - 1 May 2022

Gallery artists Jean-Marc Bustamante and Troels Wörsel are featured in the recently opened group exhibition titled New Acquisitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. The exhibition is an extensive survey of how the museum's permanent collection enriched over the past five years. Captured here is a work by Jean-Marc Bustamante titled Amazone T.C.B.1.02, which is now part of Louisiana's collection and on display at the exhibition. Although not currently on display, artwork by gallery artist Kirsten Ortwed has also entered the museum's collection. For more information, click here. Photo: David Stjernholm

Nanna Abell, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, 26 Nov 2021 - 6 Mar 2022

Be sure to visit the upcoming group exhibition THE LEGACY  - of Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, opening this Friday at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, where gallery artist Nanna Abell (b. 1985) is also participating. In the exhibition, a selection of contemporary artists examine the work of Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, one of the most important Danish sculptors, through their own practice. For more information, click here. Photo: David Stjernholm

Fredrik Tydén, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, permanent installation

Galleri Susanne Ottesen congratulates Fredrik Tydén on the inauguration of his permanent installation at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, in Herlev, Denmark, which took place on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. The installation comprises of a number of bronze sculptures, on permanent display both in- and outdoors within the institution. Photo: Kim Høltermand

Bjørn Nørgaard's performance, Wo ist Element 3

Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard (b. 1947) just visited the city of Manresa in Catalonia, Spain, within the framework of the city’s project Manresa 2022. Alongside a ‘speech-action’ and a television interview, Nørgaard also gave a lecture about late German artist Joseph Beuys’ influence on contemporary art. In 1966, Bjørn Nørgaard and Henning Christiansen were the first artists ever to participate in one of Beuys’ own performative actions titled Manresa, taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany. While Nørgaard’s work as a sculptor is well known, his performative ‘actions’ are a significant part of his oeuvre as well. Captured here is a photo from his ‘speech-action’ performed in Manresa last week under the title Wo ist Element 3. Photo: Manresa 2022.

Sara Sjölin's performance, Figurer ur Rika djur

Thank you for everyone who attended Sara Sjölin's performance at Galleri Susanne Ottesen last week. The performance elaborated on the characters of Sjölin's biographical video piece Rika djur (English: Rich animals), a satirical-absurd montage of family film footage. The work can be experienced as part of our current group exhibition titled Calamity, on view through 13 November 2021. For more information, click here.

Bjørn Nørgaard, Horsens Art Museum, 01 Jun 2021 - 30 Jan 2022

Make sure to visit the solo exhibition of Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard, currently on view in Horsens Art Museum. This comprehensive show brings together earlier and more recent works by Nørgaard. The installation Materia et Spiritus, Materia et Corpus, Materia et Frictio, Materia et Actio, Materia et Syntaksis (2020), a detail of which is captured here on the right, entered the museum's permanent collection recently and is also on display in the exhibition. Learn more by clicking here. Photo: Jacob Friis-Holm Nielsen

Lawrence Weiner's visit to Holstebro Kunstmuseum

American artist Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942), one of the most important originators of Conceptual Art, traveled to Denmark from the United States so that we could celebrate him and his impressive exhibition ‘LAWRENCE WEINER - CLOSE TO A RAINBOW’ at Holstebro Kunstmuseum last weekend. The show, running until 31 October 2021, is the most comprehensive exhibition of Weiner's oeuvre in Denmark in recent decades. A huge thank you to Lawrence Weiner, to Holstebro Kunstmuseum and to everybody who helped in making this reception absolutely memorable. Captured here are Lawrence and Alice Weiner at the reception in Holstebro Kunstmuseum.

Signposts in the Landscape, Martin Herbert on the practice of Andreas Eriksson

Writer and critic Martin Herbert´s new article, titled "Signposts in the Landscape," focuses on the practice of Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson (b. 1975), and more specifically his latest body of work. Click here to access the publication.

Nanna Abell & Emil Westman Hertz, Arken, 4 Sept 2021 - 9 Jan 2022

Works by gallery artists Nanna Abell (b. 1985) and Emil Westman Hertz (1978-2016) are currently featured in the temporary group exhibition Flowers in Art at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark. The exhibition, centering around floral representations in the art of a wide range of Danish and international artists, is on view until 9 January 2022. Pictured here, among others, is Nanna Abell´s sculpture Oxid infusion from 2021. Learn more about the exhibition by clicking here. Photo: David Stjernholm

Andreas Eriksson, De 11 Lijnen, 11 Aug – 23 Oct 2021

The Belgic exhibition space De 11 Lijnen shows a collection of Andreas Eriksson's (b. 1975) various works in the exhibition Andreas Eriksson: Rochade. Eriksson works mainly with painting, but at De 11 Lijnen you can also experience his works with weaving and his paper works. For more information click here. Photo: Kurt Deruyter.

Nanna Abell & Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Of Gardens, 14 Aug – 12 Sep 2021

Nanna Abell (b. 1985) and Marie Søndergaard Lolk (b. 1981) here featured in Of Gardens – an exhibition that takes place in the garden around the villa Regstruplund in Jyderup. In Of Gardens, they contribute with the work Idiosyncrasy Rhododendron vulgaris. The work is a part of an exhibition where the surroundings become affected by the meanings of the works, and where the viewer's attention is directed in equal parts to the work itself and the surroundings. The exhibition is running from 14 Aug - 12 Sep 2021. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Photo: Brian Kure.  

Ragna Braase works acquired by Centre Pompidou

We are delighted to announce that one of the globe's most acclaimed institutions, Centre Pompidou, Paris, has acquired the late Danish artist's early tapestry ‘Bogstavtæppet’ (1959) and a selection of 21 works on paper produced throughout the 1970s. Braase’s legacy has come to light with help of The National Gallery of Denmark’s (SMK) 2020 exhibition ‘Textile, graphics, sandal,’ which comprised a range of recently acquired print and textile works.

Fredrik Tydén represented by Galleri Susanne Ottesen

Galleri Susanne Ottesen is pleased to announce represention of Fredrik Tydén. Fredrik Tydén (b. 1985, Copenhagen, Denmark) currently lives and works in Vordingborg, Denmark. He recieved his MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008-2015) and has also studied at École de Recherche Graphique – École de Supérieure des Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2013-2015). Amongst other exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, Tydén has previously exhibited at Galleri Susanne Ottesen as part of two group exhibitions Good fortune, no blame (2016) and Out of Use: Interior (2015).

Andreas Eriksson, Skissernas Museum, 10 Jun – 10 Oct 2021

Andreas Eriksson (b. 1975) opens his second solo exhibition at Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artist Process and Public Art, Lund, Sweden. The exhibition titled Andreas Eriksson – Weavings, sketches sheds light on the renowned Swedish artist's practice, where in the watercolours, sketches, and weaving samples gathered provide insight into his sensitive approach to art making. For more information, click here.

Rolf Hanson, Artipelag, 25 Jun – 28 Nov 2021

The exhibition titled Rolf Hanson – Retroactive held at Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden, comprises works spanning four decades, and its title nods to the artist’s working process as Hanson (b. 1953) is known to revisit paintings having once left them untouched. For more information, click here.

Lawrence Weiner, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, 5 Jun – 31 Oct 2021

It is with great pleasure Galleri Susanne Ottesen announces the opening of American artist Lawrence Weiner's (b. 1942) solo exhibition at Holstebro Kunstmuseum. Undoubtedly one of the most important living figures in the international contemporary art scene, Weiner's exhibition titled CLOSE TO A RAINBOW is the most comprehensive presentation of the artist in the Nordics to date. For more information, click here.

Troels Wörsel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 21 Apr – 4 Jul 2021

When the late Danish painter Troels Wörsel passed away in 2018, a great deal of paper works were left in his studio – the majority of which had never been exhibited before. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Louisiana on Paper: Troels Wörsel unfolds this key part of the artist's distinctive oeuvre. This exhibition is on view until 4 July 2021. For more information, click here.