Exhibitions

Bjørn Nørgaard. Re-modelling the World

16 April - 24 October 2010

Bjørn Nørgaard, Thorvaldsen's Portrait Busts/Water Level, 1976. Copyright Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: SMK Foto

Bjørn Nørgaard, Thorvaldsen's Portrait Busts/Water Level, 1976. Copyright Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: SMK Foto

Bjørn Nørgaard – Social Critic and Court Artist

Many are familiar with Bjørn Nørgaard’s work from the tapestries for the Great Hall at Christiansborg Palace (the seat of the Danish Parliament), from The Horse Sacrifice – or from his recent project of creating a tomb for the current Queen and Prince Consort. Bjørn Nørgaard is very much present in the public eye as an artist, debater, critic, and agent provocateur.

About the exhibition

The exhibition Re-modelling the World presented Bjørn Nørgaard as an uncompromising artist who is always challenging habitual notions about art. Here you could get an overview of – and immerse yourself in – the work of one of the greatest Danish contemporary artists. His art is overwhelming, and he is immensely productive. The exhibition presented a total of 115 works from his almost 50 years as an active artist, showcasing his life’s work so far in chronological order, beginning in the mid-1960s and leading up to our present day.  The works themselves spanned the media of sculpture, actions, installations, film, and graphic art.

Bjørn Nørgaard, So sorry (in the background other works from Atypia I-II), 2005-2006. Copyright Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: SMK Foto

Bjørn Nørgaard, So sorry (in the background other works from Atypia I-II), 2005-2006. Copyright Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: SMK Foto

About the title: Re-modelling the World

Bjørn Nørgaard remodels the world over and over again. He examines and explores materials, shapes, cultural notions, and ethical issues. The exhibition title is, then, a reference to Bjørn Nørgaard’s way of working, but also to a concrete work.

About this website

This website allowed you to prepare your visit to the exhibition itself and review practical information. You can still see films about and featuring Bjørn Nørgaard, and you can learn more about Bjørn Nørgaard and the four selected works featured in the exhibition.

Guide and book

A guide leaflet was available for free at the Gallery when visiting the exhibition. If you wish to explore the topic in greater depth and detail, you can still buy the exhibition catalogue from the Gallery bookshop. You can also download the guide here (PDF 631 KB) - for free.

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