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THE DECEMBRISTS VISIT THORVALDSEN

13 June – 1 September, 2013
The exhibition was extended until September 29, 2013.

Mirrors, electric guitars and sheets of marble. The artist’s association known as the Decembrists took over Thorvaldsens Museum with off-beat and unpredictable works playing up to Bertel Thorvaldsen’s classical sculptures.

About the Exhibition

The setting for the Decembrists’ exhibition was anything but a neutral, architectonic framework and it was surprising to see what happened in the meeting between classical art, modern art and colourful architecture. With materials such as rugs, high-heeled shoes and concrete, distributed throughout the many galleries in the museum, the Decembrists related in a quite tangible sense to Thorvaldsen’s sculptures and the museum’s architecture, and each artist had thus produced a work explicitly designed for a specific setting.

The Decembrists

The group of artists known as the Decembrists exhibited for the first time in December 1928. Neither at that time nor now have the Decembrists been held together by an explicit artistic programme or a specific artistic idiom. On the contrary, an imagery pointing in several different directions has been a special quality. In recent years, the Decembrists have taken up the many challenges facing artists’ associations and experimented with different ways of bringing the artist-governed organizational form into a contemporary context. And indeed, the group is even today very much made up of individualists.

Artists 2013

Bank & Rau (Guests): Room 1
Dorris Bloom: Room 2
Ole Broager: Room 18
Elmer: Museum Shop Area
Henrik Flagstad: Room 20
Sys Hindsbo: The Courtyard
Deirdre J. Humphrys (Guest): Room 11
Ellen Hyllemose: Landing (by Herkules)
Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen: Room 17
Heine Kjærgaard Klausen: Room 7
Oda Knudsen: The Christ Gallery
Jørgen Carlo Larsen: Room 3
Henrik Menné : Room 9
Bodil Nielsen: Room 21
Jesper Rasmussen: Grand Hall
Steen Møller Rasmussen: Room 4
Ane Mette Ruge: Room 8
Hans Christian Rylander: Grand Hall
Andreas Schulenburg (Guest): Room 15

Thanks

The exhibition, the exhibition catalogue and the artists received support from Beckett Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Københavns Billedkunstudvalg, Statens Kunstråds Billedkunstudvalg and Toyota-Fonden.

Foto: Erling Jeppesen 2013
Ole Broager ”Jens”.

Foto: Erling Jeppesen 2013
Jørgen Carlo Larsen "The 3 Graces”.

Foto: Erling Jeppesen 2013
Heine Kjærgaard Klausen ”An eternal fight for love”.

Foto: Erling Jeppesen 2013
Sys Hindsbo ”Woman plays with a marten” og ”Abraham and Isak, after”.

All photos © Erling Jeppesen.

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