H. Lundbeck A/S and the Gallery
H. Lundbeck A/S specializes in research, development, production, and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of central nervous system disorders. The company has also brought new development and production to the National Gallery of Denmark – this time within the realm of art. We are very grateful to H. Lundbeck A/S for their generous contribution, which allows the Gallery to welcome audiences to the exhibition Bob Dylan. The Brazil Series in 2010.
Bob Dylan. The Brazil Series
Bob Dylan has always worked on other projects concurrently with his music. Since the 1960s he has, among other things, worked with pictorial art. A number of album covers and small-scale exhibitions have been visible signs of Dylan’s early work as a visual artist. According to Dylan, an artist must always be moving and changing, and so an oscillation between different modes of expression strikes him as entirely natural.
A world premiere
Dylan has recorded his impressions and thoughts while travelling in Brazil, capturing people, events, and places in a plethora of sketches. Back in the US, some of these many scraps of paper served as the basis of The Brazil Series. In his paintings Dylan demonstrates his phenomenal powers of observation. He uses his images to tell us stories that range from the everyday and descriptive to the violently dramatic, incorporating strong elements of fiction. The stories from Brazil flow out to reach us from the cracks opened by the artist; each fragment adding another aspect to the overall journey, Dylan invites us to take.
With the support from H. Lundbeck A/S the guests at The National Gallery of Denmark have a unique opportunity to explore another facet of the artist Bob Dylan. The exhibition The Brazil Series presents 40 all-new, never-before-seen paintings created by Bob Dylan specifically for this exhibition.