Michael Kvium

A Retrospective

A strange masquerade: Michael Kvium shows the abysses of man and western culture

 

Title Information

Published by Gitte Ørskou. With contributions by Brooke Lynn McGowan and Gitte Ørskou

1st edition

, 2020

Hardback

304 pages, 278 color and 10 b/w illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-849-2

Content

Michael Kvium is a Danish contemporary artist who creates paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, performance art, and stage designs. His works call to mind the reference languages of these disciplines, as well as comic strip art and seventeenth-century Baroque paintings, often depicting the negative aspects of Western culture. The subjects of Kvium’s works feel foreign yet strangely familiar, grotesque monsters that nonetheless approach selfportrait, causing viewers to feel by turns beguiled and disgusted. Venturing to realms left unexplored by other artists, Kvium defines and expresses his personal and unflinching understanding of human presence. This first comprehensive survey Kvium’s entire career to date, this book takes readers from his earliest years as an artist in the 1980s to the present day and reveals fascinating throughlines, such as early experiments in the world of bikers and outspoken critiques of current Western society and culture.

 

Gitte Ørskou is a Danish art historian and director of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, since September 2019. She has published widely about contemporary art and directed creation of the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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Saturday, 1981. Oil on canvas, 89 x 120 cm, private collection.

Self-Portrait, 1985. Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark © Svend Pedersen

Double Manifest Painting, 1998. Oil on canvas, 170 x 160 cm, private collection. © Bent Ryberg

Beach of Plenty, 2017. Oil on canvas, 3 parts, 300 x 750 cm. Collection of the artist / NILS STÆRK © Lars Beyer

Straightforward Painting, 1998. Oil on canvas, 190 x 170 cm, private collection. © Bent Ryberg

The Three Graces A, B, C, 2012. Oil on canvas, 3 parts, 150 x 135 cm, private collection. © Anders Sune Berg

The Three Graces A, B, C, 2012. Oil on canvas, 3 parts, 150 x 135 cm, private collection. © Anders Sune Berg

The Three Graces A, B, C, 2012. Oil on canvas, 3 parts, 150 x 135 cm, private collection. © Anders Sune Berg

Cirkus Europa, 2017. Circus tent, rubber boat, dictionaries, diam. 10 m. Collection of the artist / NILS STÆRK. © Jan Adiaans / Job Janssen

Michael Kvium © Foto: Rod Westwood

 

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