White Marble

From August 18 to December 5, 2004

After being half forgotten for many years and existing as an underrated material, white marble is now again putting in an appearance in modern Danish sculpture.

Young artists have become aware of the expressive potential of the classical sculptural material, in which indeed most of Thorvaldsen’s sculptures were executed. And the young artists use the material in a highly versatile and sometimes experimental manner in the exhibition WHITE MARBLE, which opened in Thorvaldsens Museum on 18 August.

The works ranged in time from 1920 to yesterday, though most of them were created by the very youngest artists immediately before and after the start of the new millennium. Many of these artists were or had been students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen or at the academies of fine arts in Odense and Århus. They also had spent periods of varying lengths at Carrara in Italy – the capital of white marble – where they worked with the classical material in the city’s quarries. Several of the works in the exhibition were executed during these visits.

The exhibition was arranged by curator William Gelius and was mounted in close collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen, whose director, the Cultural Attaché Angela Trezza Cabrales, played an important role in the collaboration the Museum enjoyed with the city of Carrara. From Carrara, the Museum received important support for the exhibition from the mayor, Dr Giulio Conti, the Progetto Costa di Toscana e Isole dell’Archipelago and the Agenzia per il Turismo Massa Carrara.

Hvid Marmor Sculpture by Jon Stahn Petersen.

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