Hammershøi and Europe

Exhibition period: 4 February – 20 May 2012

The great spring exhibition of 2012 served a dual purpose: The exhibition presented the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) and his art as a phenomenon in itself. In addition to this the exhibition took a new – and investigative – approach to Hammershøi by having his art enter into a dialogue with fellow European artists of his day.

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Selfportrait, Paris 1891. Private owner

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Standing Female Nude, 1909-10

A break with tradition
Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) has often been regarded as a singular, isolated figure within the Danish and European art scene.

The exhibition Hammershøi and Europe marked a break with this tradition. It took the artist down new roads by juxtaposing his works with those of other artists from his era such as Whistler, Carriére, Fantin-Latour, Gauguin, and Khnopff.

Raising awareness of Hammershøi’s universe
The European works at the exhibition acted as companion pieces and counterpoints to Hammershøi’s art and helped raise our awareness of the things that are at stake within Hammershøi’s sensuous and introspective universe.

All the works featured at the exhibition came to say something about each other – one work would contribute to opening up another. The display focused attention on the atmosphere and intimacy in the works, which represent a non-literary segment of the period’s art.

Hammershøi as a proponent of new departures in painting
Together, the works conveyed a clear impression of the new departures within painting of which Hammershøi has become a proponent. These new departures mark a break with tradition, lifting conventional motifs such as interiors, portraits, and landscapes out of their established contexts and into the modern world.

The works featured at the exhibition served to document a search for a modern vocabulary that focuses on phenomena and existence rather than on narratives.

Hammershøi in Munich

From 15 June to 16 September 2012 the exhibition moves to The Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation in Munich under the title Hammershøi and Europe. A Danish Artist around 1900.

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