Almine Rech Gallery presents the first exhibition by Danish artist Per Kirkeby with the gallery, featuring a selection of paintings and bronze sculptures. This monographic exhibition follows‚ Brick Sculpture (1966-2016), the artist’s recent solo show at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (October-December 2017).
“Kirkeby emphasizes the color of the material that changes with the light and the power of colors to generate emotions. In works such as Urwald from 1988 he sets colors as accents like light as an expression of chaos, for it is only out of chaos that form can “emerge”. A form defined by color and texture that in Untitled from 1999, with yellow-green against blue, olive and brown, characterizes the brutal forces of metamorphosis. The landscape, the stone, rock, and ice formations become as a process a battlefield of time and change of our life world. Over the past two decades Kirkeby has created new materialities from new coincidences and nuclei of crystallization, in part with strong colors in the struggle between brushstrokes and gestures...."
- Excerpt from ‘Per Kirkeby: All Is Remembered’ by Dieter Buchhart, an essay to be published in the exhibition catalogue. Translated from German by Brian Currid.