Past exhibitions


 8 October 2005 - 15 January 2006


CHAGALL’S WORLD OF LOVE spotlighted the great Jewish Russian painter of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and his message of love and tolerance. In 186 works - paintings, drawings, graphic prints and sculptures - the exhibition presented Chagall’s cultural openness, religious tolerance and love of life.


To Chagall life and art constituted a magical universe. Despite world wars and pogroms he retained a lifelong belief that something binds people together and offers them hope: love. Life in Chagall’s Belarusian native city of Vitebsk, Arabian Nights, Exodus and other biblical stories as well as Chagall’s decoration projects were among the exhibition’s themes.

The exhibition was mounted in collaboration with Chagall’s granddaughter Meret Meyer. The works were on loan from European and Russian museums and private collectors.
Catalogue (in Danish and English, colour illustrations, 96 pages) with articles by Dorthe Rugaard Jørgensen and Jean-Michel Foray as well as an interview with Meret Meyer by Dorthe Rugaard Jørgensen. Biography by Stine Hebert. 


28 May - 11 September 2005

The exhibition spotlighted the two painters' different interpretations of the local nature and its fauna. ARKEN’s exhibition presented a wide selection of works by the two artists from the period 1884-1961, a total of 128 works.
The works were produced at a time when modern technology was radically transforming European city culture. Johannes Larsen and Bruno Liljefors went into the wilds. Dedicated hunters, the two painters shared the prevalent celebration of health and the primeval. By illustrating the interplay between animal and environment, the two painters depict nature as an autonomous system existing separately from the mores and morals of culture.

The exhibition was organised in a collaboration with Director Erland Porsmose at Johannes Larsen Museet in Kerteminde, Denmark, where is was shown subsequently.
Catalogue (in Danish with an English insert, colour illustrations, 88 pages) with articles by Erland Porsmose, Pontus Grate and Jørn Guldberg.


5 February – 16 May 2005

 With 96 works on display this exhibition offered a unique glimpse into Léger’s versatile art from the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to paintings, drawings and graphic works, a selection of Léger's work in book illustrations, tapestries, theatre and film was presented.
The exhibition focused on Léger’s depiction of the human form. He was fascinated with the modern life and saw his time as hectic and full of contrasts. In his earliest works machines, steel pipes and robot-like people are presented in fragmented, colourful surroundings in burning activity.


The late works illustrate Léger’s socialist and humanist outlook on art and life. He celebrated the unfettered life, and acrobats, street artists and musicians were a recurrent subject.
The exhibition was mounted in collaboration with director Brigitte Hedel-Samson of the Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot, France.


Catalogue (in Danish and English, colour illustrations, 96 pages) with articles by Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz, Brigitte Hedel-Samson, Alain Bergala, Ina Conzen-Meairs, Fernand Léger, biography and a select bibliography by Nelly Maillard.


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