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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Presents Gauguin & Polynesia Exhibition

The Glyptotek Museum presents Gauguin & Polynesia – An elusive paradise on view through 31.12 2011, where visitors can experience Paul Gauguin’s masterpieces side by side with the ”primitive” art of Polynesia.

This autumn the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek will show more than 50 of the artist’s masterpieces with motifs from Tahiti – many of them being exhibited in Denmark for the first time. In addition, the Glyptotek will present around 60 artifacts of Polynesian culture, which inspired him: cult statues, weapons, jewellery (some of it made from human hair and bones) as well as tattoos.

”Gauguin & Polynesia” pursues the artist’s idea of the primitive, from his time in Copenhagen and Brittany on to the Tahiti period, which has made him famous.

Oviri – the Wild Man
Gauguin often referred to himself as ‘Oviri’ – the wild man. He invented and refined his own form of ”primitive” art, equal parts abstraction and observation of the natural world. The exhibition displays his intense quest for an artistic method of making statements about the human being, the erotic and the mysteries of life.

An icon for the future
Posterity has shown enormous interest in Gauguin’s art, his personality and his life. His pictures from Tahiti are today icons of the meeting of European art with alien cultures, and he inspired such painters as Picasso and Matisse. With Gauguin art becomes seriously modern.

Lectures and Guided Tours etc.
Every Sunday during the exhibition period (24/9 – 31/12) there are free guided tours for visitors at 1.00 p.m. in Danish and English. Admission to the museum on Sundays is free.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum of international stature in the centre of Copenhagen. The Glyptotek houses over 10.000 works of art divided up into two principal collections. One is of works from the Mediterranean cradle of Western culture, the other of Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7
1556 Copenhagen
Tel. +45 33 41 81 41
Fax: +45 33 91 20 58
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Image: Paul Gauguin.Three Tahitians. ©National Gallery of Scotland

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