Skulpturenpark Köln

KölnSkulptur #9
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Per Kirkeby
Per Kirkeby
Læsø-Kopf II, 1983

Loan Michael und Eleonore Stoffel Stiftung
represented at KölnSkulptur 7 8 9 10

The painter, sculptor, filmmaker and architect Per Kirkeby (b.1938 in Copenhagen d.2018 in Copenhagen) had a doctorate in geology, but in 1962 began a course in art at the Experimental Art School in Copenhagen, and in the years that followed took part in numerous performances (e.g. with Beuys, Nam June Paik). He made his first brick sculpture in 1973 in the form of a small house (Huset/ Urhaus). Kirkeby's œuvre in all its genres is determined by the reciprocal influences of nature, formality and art-historical models. His sculptures (since the early 1980s frequently in bronze) are a reflection on space in landscape and cityscape, as well as an investigation of the figure and abstraction.

Per Kirkeby felt at home in many art forms and mediums. He is first and foremost known as a painter. Then he created a number of brick sculptures for public spaces. And finally his theoretical occupation with two sculptors from the 19th century led him to work in bronze. Studying the work of Auguste Rodin considerably inspired him to portray the interaction of modeled surfaces and the relationship between inside and outside spaces. Læsø is the name of an island in the Great Belt, where Per Kirkeby maintained a studio and spended the summer.


The artwork from Per Kirkeby was dismantled.