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Large-scale, expressive paintings, silent and empathic photographs, playful and minimalistic sculptures, geometric and colourful textile art, sensuous video installations, human bodies in bronze and clay and monumental, sculptural brush strokes on walls. This is just a taste of what awaits the viewer when Grønningen occupies all three floors at GL STRAND in February 2019.
Diversity characterises the exhibition at GL STRAND, where each artist has been provided with an individual spot for showing a segment of his or her current work. This exhibition is a manifestation of great artistic creation across age in Danish art life. The artists' birth years range from 1932 until 1975.
Eva Steen Christensen’s (1969) sculpture "Sphere" (2019) is unexpected and sublime — her way of presenting the sculpture is a new and very modern way. The big pink object is an innovative combination of colour, texture and iron. In spite of its size, the sculpture is light and playful as a ball gown.
Trine Søndergård’s (1972) four photographic works "No title" (2019) tell a silent story—a very slow, almost unrecognisable moment of movement.
The double exposure of the work "A salesman's shop" (2018-19) by Peter Bonnén (1945) leads to a closer examination from the viewer, and the otherwise volatile narrative of photography is replaced by a closer inspection of the seller's living conditions. It makes you look twice at the pictures as intended by the artist. First, you are struck by the immediate aesthetics, a feeling replaced by the informative message that the mobile phone and shoes are the essential elements of the seller from Algeria.
This is only a short selection of the works that appear in the exhibition. There is so much more to experience. We highly recommend a visit to GL Strand!
Eva Steen Christensen “Sphere” 2019
Car Magnus "Monument" 2018
Erik A. Frandsen “No title” 2018
Karin Lorentzen “Alliance” 2009-18, “Lod” 2015 “Ergo sum” 2019
Trine Søndergård "No title" (2019)
Peter Bonnén "A salesman's shop" (2018-19)
Hans Pauli Olsen
“Self portrait, Femja, Elias, Hjördis & Jeg” (2018)
Astrid Kruse Jensen “Echo Of The Lake”, “The Uncertain Path” (2018)
The exhibition Grønningen at GL STRAND runs from 2 February to 7 April 2019
This is the first time ever that GL STRAND can present an exhibition by the artists’ association Grønningen, which was established in 1915 as an offshoot of the first artists’ association Den Frie (The Independent). Over the years GL STRAND has worked closely together with many of the artists represented in the association. As early as 1913, with its break with Den Frie on the way, five of the founding members of Grønningen held an exhibition at GL STRAND, a portent for new times and new art. Also worth highlighting is the first female member of Grønningen, which became part of the artists’ association in 1933, namely sculptress Astrid Noack, who exhibited at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in 1955. In modern times several of the association’s current members have exhibited at or decorated GL STRAND. Erik A. Frandsen’s and Eva Steen Christensen’s permanent decorations can be experienced in SALEN and by the gate entrance to GL STRAND at 15 Læderstræde, respectively.
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