Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa

Exitential exploration

Large or small, the graphic figures and evocative imagery in the works of Jaume Plensa (1955–) tell a story about humankind and our relationship with mind, love, despair, memory and the power of language. A trained sculptor, he explores existence in its most basic forms – the physical and the spiritual, the perception of the future, present, and past, as well as man’s synergy with nature. These existentialist themes are reflected through works that demonstrate a fascination with graphic and geometric patterns entangled with the natural and the organic, creating vibrant interactions between reality and fantasy.

Permanent exhibition in Herning City

Plensa is known for his installation works, which have found homes all over the world. Many of them take a special interest in humanity and human culture. One of his most recent works, Herning Doors, can be explored by simply taking a stroll through central Herning: it takes the form of twenty-one doors placed on walls in various public locations. Like many of Plensa’s other works, Herning Doors reflects on the human condition, in this case specifically on human morality, dogma, and mindsets – it features articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written out on each door like poems. Here, man and our moral codes take centre stage, engaging with one of the most mundane, but also most fundamental things imaginable: how we treat each other.


Make the trip through Herning City and find all the doors of Plensa’s 21-piece art installation, Herning Doors. Click here for more info.


Works by Jaume Plensa are exhibited here:

Herning City

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