John Kørner: Always Many Problems

An exhibit on the artist's 50th birthday

By Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Altid mange problemer (2017-06-18/2017-08-13) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

The exhibition Altid Mange Problemer offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience Danish artist John Kørner's greatest works, alongside new paintings and site-specific installations. Marking the year John Kørner turns 50 years, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the largest exhibition of his works to date. The retrospective exhibition focuses specifically on societal issues that Kørner has addressed over the years.

Griskhed (2016) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

Arguably one of Denmark’s most significant contemporary artists, John Kørner creates powerful artworks that reflect current political and social questions. Especially the notion of the ‘problem’ has been a recurring theme throughout a large part of his career, figuring either as a painted motive or as a physical object.

Altid mange problemer (2017) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

The exhibition likewise pays attention to his unique ability to express himself beyond the confines of the canvas, through spatial installations and his approach to art as something that can express beauty as well as social engagement.

Altid mange problemer (2017-06-18/2017-08-13) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

In addition to several site-specific and immersive installations, Kørner made a new series of paintings for the exhibition Altid Mange Problemer in which both the abstract space and the recognisable motif of the everyday meet.

There is a persistent sense of the uncanny in Kørner’s portrayals of the problems, emotions, moods and dreams of modern life.

A review of normative and problematic sleep 4 et al. (2017) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

The exhibition, for the first time, also gather several of Kørner’s most notable series of paintings, such as ‘Kvinder til salg’, ‘War Problems’ and ‘Outdoor Struggling’.

Thus, the exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the artist’s mayor work gathered in one place.

The Performance (2013) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

John Kørner (b. 1967) has exhibited at numerous museums and art institutions and carried out several permanent commissions, including the mural Afghanistan at the Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg. In 2000, just two years after graduating from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, he was awarded the prestigious international Carnegie Art Award.

Gym work out et al. (2017) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

The exhibition has been initiated by curator and mag. art, Marie Nipper, previously chief-curator at ARos Aarhus Art Museum and senior curator at Tate Liverpool, UK.

Running et al. (2017) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

In 2012 he received the Danish honorary medal ‘Eckersberg Medaillen’, and the same year he was given the art critic’s award for the exhibition ‘Kvinder til salg’ at Arbejdermusset.

Elephant in bed (2017) by John KørnerKunsthal Charlottenborg

Kørner’s work is held in the collections of several national museums, among others: KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, HEART Herning Art Museum and The National Museum of Art in Copenhagen.

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The exhibition is supported by:
Augustinus Fonden, Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, 15. Juni Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Oticon Fonden, Statens Kunstfond, Det Obelske Familiefond, Knud Højgaards Fond and Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

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