Sergej Jensen

In x-rummet at SMK you could experience works by the artist Sergej Jensen, who is known for his unconventional approach to painting.

From 13 October to 30 December, visitors to SMK could experience a series of new paintings by Sergej Jensen in x-rummet – SMK's experimental venue for contemporary art. The exhibition in x-rummet constituted Sergej Jensen’s first solo exhibition at a Danish museum.

Silkscreens and clumsy allegories

Sergej Jensen has worked with figurative subject matter sourced from widely different art historical periods and schools, ranging from the Renaissance, to Romanticism, to early modernism - sometimes all at once.

Like some of Jensen’s earlier monochrome and ‘abstract’ paintings, his figurative paintings reference motifs that are at times recognizable and familiar.

In his figurative paintings, the subject matter comes either one-to-one from the original source or elements from historic and photographic motifs are patched together in new constellations and clumsy allegories. With this project-and-paint method of stringing elements together, these paintings are not unlike his stitched up abstract compositions.

Some paintings in this exhibition included scenes and buildings in Copenhagen. In a series of black-and-white silkscreens Jensen printed photographs of his own paintings on scaled-down canvases. Here, his own sampled works became the original source material for a kind of second mode of representation.

Sergej Jensen, Uden titel, 2016. Silketryk på lærred. Courtesy kunstneren og Avskarl, København/Galerie Neu, Berlin. Foto: Anders Sune Berg.

About Sergej Jensen

Sergej Jensen was born in 1973 in Denmark. Jensen studied fine art at Städelschule in Frankfurt and lives and works in Berlin and New York.

In recent years he has had solo exhibitions at e.g. Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, MoMA PS1 in New York, Kunsthalle Portikus in Frankfurt and Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. His works are part of the permanent collections at institutions such as Tate Modern in London and MoMA in New York.

Practical information

Exhibition period
13 October 2016 –
30 December 2017

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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A Textured Palette Without Much Paint

The New York Times takes a closer look at Sergej Jensen and his art.

Sergej Jensen, Uden titel, 2016. Silketryk på lærred. Courtesy kunstneren og Avskarl, København/Galerie Neu, Berlin. Foto: Anders Sune Berg.

Sergej Jensen

Art in America takes a closer look at the artist and his art.

The x-room


In the x-rummet at SMK you can experience exhibition projects, that challenge and explore artistic problems.

Past exhibitions in the x-room

Past exhibitions

x-rummet has been SMK's experimental venue for contemporary art since 2001. Read about past exhibitions.

x-rummet is supported by
Det Obelske Familiefond.