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Carl-Henning Pedersen (1913-2007)

Carl-Henning Pedersen was born in 1913 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Coming from a working class background, Carl-Henning Pedersen grew up keenly interested in politics. As a young man he dreamt of becoming a composer or an architect. However, his stay at The International People’s College in 1933 proved of pivotal importance to his future. Here he met E


Perhaps best known for his work with nails – canvases or objects decorated with nails, often painted white – German-born sculptor and installation artist Günther Uecker has played an influential part within the European avant-garde in the latter half of the twentieth century. Uecker’s primary interest resides in working with the effects of light


Ilya Kabakov (b. 1933, Russia) & Emilia Kabakov (b. 1945, Russia) Married to each other, artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov now live and work in Long Island, USA, but were both born and raised in the former Soviet Union. Their Soviet roots shape their work, but their art also speaks eloquently about universal human conditions. Since the late 1980s th

Koen Vanmechelen

Koen Vanmechelen’s artistic work takes its starting point in a study of bio-cultural diversity and identity. Shortly prior to the beginning of a new millennium, Vanmechelen launched his ground-breaking Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, interbreeding the chicken species Gallus Gallus with a variety of national breeds to form a race of “super chickens”,


Piero Manzoni was born in Milan in 1933 into an aristocratic, wealthy family. His privileged background meant that he enjoyed greater financial freedom than many of his colleagues. In 1951 Manzoni began studying law, but soon abandoned this field in order to study art and philosophy and devote himself to painting. He began painting figurative

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Bringing people closer to one another is an overt recurring theme in Rirkrit Tiranvanija’s installation art. This is not about works to be looked at, but about how we interact with each other as we cook, eat together, read or listen to music. Born as the son of a Thai diplomat, Tiravanija grew up in places as different as Thailand, Ethiopia and

Spencer Tunick

American artist Spencer Tunick’s photographic works explore and challenge our understanding of the social, political and legislative factors that surround art and the body in public spaces. In 1992 Tunick began filming and photographing nude models in public places in New York, and since then he has arranged and photographed more than 65 temporary,

Wim Delvoye

Focusing strongly on the human body, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye creates challenging works that are full of contrasts: beautiful and alluring, yet also hideous and repulsive. Working with media as disparate as tattooed living people, vast machine-like structures and stuffed pigs, Delvoye plays with our perceptions of high versus low culture and how


Den japanskfødte kunstner, Yayoi Kusama, er verdenskendt for sine universer, der omgiver og omslutter os i farvestrålende og enorme, nærmest uendelige mønstre. Kusamas fascination af uendeligheden som motiv løber gennem hele hendes kunstneriske virke, og hun oversætter det til forførende overflader og værker bestående af flere lag og dimensioner


Autodidact artist Yves Klein is particularly well known for his monochrome works executed in an intense blue colour. In 1960 Klein even patented his characteristic blue colour: International Klein Blue (IKB). Klein believed that by letting colour remain pure and absolute, he could purge the art of painting, setting it free from its materiality.

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