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Destroys his own paintings if they are too beautiful. See video above.
...Scandinavia’s most highly acclaimed living artist, Per Kirkeby. Equally trained as a geologist and an artist, Kirkeby is a painter of eminent sensuality, creating richly layered canvases filled with prodigious detail and animated by an unequaled material quality of color. He is not only a leading painter, sculptor, and printmaker, but also a prolific writer, poet, and filmmaker. (http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2012-10-06-exhibition-kirkeby)
Born 1 Sept. 1938, Copenhagen)
By the time he completed a masters education in arctic geology at the University of Copenhagen in 1964, he was already part of the important experimental art school “eks-skolen” and worked primarily as a painter, sculptor, writer and a lithographic artist which he has pursued ever since. His interest in geology and nature in general still plays a crucial role in his artistic expressions, these themes being therefore very characteristic in the works of the artist. Kirkeby’s works have been shown at many art exhibitions worldwide and are represented in many public collections such as Tate Gallery, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Professor at the Art Academy in Karlsruhe (1978–89) and Frankfurter Städelschule (1989–2000).
2005 Marries Mari Anne Duus Jørgensen in Grundtvigkirken, one of the architectural turning points in Copenhagen that he has written extensively about. This marriage has proven extremely...
2008 “Per Kirkeby Retrospective”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
2009 “Per Kirkeby Retrospective”, Tate Modern, London
2013 Sustains a serious brain injury in a domestic fall accident
2015 Announces that he has given up all further attempts to resume painting after the accident, but still does create small etchings.
Per Kirkeby currently lives and works in Hellerup, Læsø, Frankfurt am Main and Italy.