CARL-HENNING PEDERSEN & LUCEBERT - Two faces of CoBrA, November 9, 2017 - January 13, 2018, DIE GALERIE
Left: Carl-Henning Pedersen, Forfra og bagfra, 1991, Oil on canvas, 124 x 102 cm Right: Lucebert, Omarming, 1994, Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
With the exhibition Carl-Henning Pedersen & Lucebert – Two faces of CoBrA, DIE GALERIE is honoring two artists of the CoBrA group whose artistic roots are found in poetry. The autodidactic artist Carl-Henning Pedersen (1913-2007) came to painting by way of the poems he wrote about his first wife, the painter Else Alfelt. In 1949, he and Lucebert (1924-1994) met at the first exhibition of the CoBrA group in Amsterdam, where Lucebert was represented with an illustrated poem. Lucebert subsequently also took up painting as an autodidact, processing his World War Two experiences in the form of grotesque, ironic, quasi-humanistic animal-like creatures and ghostly faces. Pedersen's work, however, remained unaffected by the topic, forever emanating a colorfully positive and life-affirming aura. The fairy-tale creatures populating his work narrate the mythology of the North with an effervescently light heart. For the first time, DIE GALERIE is presenting the two artists together in a joint exhibition. The abutment is a notional one in as much that when they both knew each other, a comparative analysis never took place. But for all the similarities of their abstractly figurative, poetically narrative formal languages, their basic characters were fundamentally different: while Lucebert searched for the answers to life's questions in Existentialism, Pedersen turned to the forces of mythology.
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Opening: Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm (not open to public, we kindly ask for your registration)