Lonnstrom Art Museum Presents KING OF KINGS Review of Danish 20th Century Art

The Lönnström Art Museum presents KING OF KINGS, a major review of Danish 20th-century art, on view through 11.09.2011.

Highlighting turning points in modern art and society from the 1910s to the 1960s, the exhibition presents a review of stylistic movements and events in visual art. The focal points are expressionism and surrealism, both of them important art movements in Finland and Denmark, and both equally beloved by Scandinavian audiences.

The featured artists include two great names of north European modernism, Asger Jorn and Sonja Mancoba, and the greatest figures in Danish art history Wilhelm Freddie, Harald Giersing, Sigurd Swane, Jens Søndergaard, Svend Wiig Hansen and JF Willumsen. The exhibition has work by 27 artists: paintings, sculptures and prints. A sculpture by Astrid Noack will be mounted in the museum yard.

KING OF KINGS showcases Danish art, which is relatively little known in Finland. The theme will continue in summer 2011 at the Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Home Museum. The parents of Teresia Lönnström (1895–1986), founder of the Teresia and Rafael Lönnström Foundation, came from Denmark. The exhibition in the home museum juxtaposes a work from the Lönnström Foundation collections with other works by Lauritz Tuxen on loan from Denmark.

The KING OF KINGS exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Kunstmuseet i Tønder from Denmark. It is curated by Selma Green, and the exhibition team included Anne Blond, Ole Jul and Ove Mogensen from the Tønder Art Museum. The Tønder Art Museum is the regional art museum of South Jutland. In 2010, it received the Danish Museum of the Year award from the Danish Bikubenfonden foundation.

Image: Jens Søndergaar (1895–1957), Sea in a Storm, 1946


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