Per Kirkeby (Kunsthalle Krems)
Robert Fleck, Per Kirkeby, Florian Steininger (Ed.)
Kunsthalle Krems & Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2018
The exhibition on Per Kirkeby (1938-2018) at Kunsthalle Krems was originally planned as a retrospective for the 80th birthday of the Danish artist. By his death in May 2018, she was now a memorial exhibition.
The extensive exhibition brings together more than 100 representative paintings, sculptures and drawings by Kirkeby. The starting point are his paintings of the 1980s, which oscillate between free painting and strict tectonics, and which always carry nature and landscape structurally. The rarely shown images on fiberboard, on which the artist worked from the beginning of his painting, illustrate his multi-layered and stylistically pluralistic genesis. Another focus is the hitherto even lesser-known overpainting, Kirkeby’s painterly appropriation of foreign paintings.
In the 1980s, he dealt intensively with the bronze sculpture, organic sculptures, which are mainly the human physicality of the subject. At the center of his bronze sculpture are always the procedural element and the disclosure of materiality. The sculptures are also closely related to the paintings, their chunky tectonics develops from the picturesque surfaces.