The exhibition Rising from Darknessfocuses on six artists who shared a common interest in the human figure and the human condition in the post-war era: Palle Nielsen, Svend Wiig Hansen, Dan Sterup-Hansen, Reidar Magnus, Henry Heerup, and Erling Frederiksen. Their works have much to tell us about the anxiety, fear, insecurity and loneliness that many people felt during the years immediately after World War II and during the early stages of the Cold War.
A Beautiful Lie – Eckersberg
8 October 2015 – 24 January 2016
The father of Danish painting and a convention-breaking pioneer in his own day: The 2015 autumn exhibition at the SMK takes an in-depth look at C.W. Eckersberg (1783 -1853). Eckersberg is famed for his impressive compositions, framing specific views of the world with particular visual impact. The exhibition presents Eckersberg as a multi-faceted artist who was driven by curiosity, a strong feel for the sensuous, and a striving to control the world by creating near-perfect miniature worlds.
Ecstasies – Auguste Rodin on paper
23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is primarily known for his dramatic sculptures depicting human figures. However, Rodin was also a prolific and multi-faceted draughtsman who explored the extensive potential inherent in paper as artistic medium. Rodin himself emphasised the importance of his work on paper: “It’s very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.”
The exhibition showcase Rodin’s unique work as a draughtsman, relating his drawings to his work as a sculptor.