John Kørner originally trained as a carpenter and subsequently enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1992-1998). Today he lives and works in Copenhagen.
In the 1990s he was the architect behind the artist group Kørners Kontor (Kørner’s Office) with Tal R, Kaspar Bonnén and Kirstine Roepstorff. They mounted exhibitions in alternative locations in the city and in 1999 arranged the Copenhagen biennial Street Sharks in which artists exhibited in the department store Magasin, Nyhavn, grill bars and laundries.
Kørner’s works have been shown in a large number of solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including Victoria Miro in London, U-turn - Quadrennial for Contemporary Art (2008), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Saatchi Gallery in London, 7. Werkleitz Biennale in Halle, Victoria Miro in London (2006), Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Art Basel (2005), Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand (2004), Herning Kunstmuseum (2003), ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (2002).
In addition to painting Kørner works in medias including installation, graphics and ceramics, and has also published several books: Jeg taler til jer (1999), Den fantastiske udvej/The Fantastic Way Out (2000) and A Modern Problem (2003). Moreover he has created a number of works in the public space, such as a decoration for the Royal Danish Playhouse and a monumental mural in Amagerbro Torv in Copenhagen.
In addition to ARKEN’s Collection Kørner is represented at ARoS, Statens Museum for Kunst, Herning Museum of Art, Rubell Family Collection in Miami and the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London.