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  • “Poul Gernes: I cannot do it alone—want to join in?”

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    June 2 - October 16

    Curated by Anders Kold

    I cannot do it alone—want to join in? This call to collaborative action was issued by Danish artist Poul Gernes, who is best known for the multicolored geometries of his seemingly Pop paintings from the 1960s and ’70s. In actuality, these visually striking works were aligned with a constructivist project that attempted to blur the boundaries between art and design in favor of an aesthetics for everyday living. Gernes would expand on this initiative when, in 1961, he cofounded Copenhagen’s so-called Eks-skolen (Ex-school), an experimental endeavor that advocated socially engaged art. Several of the artist’s public sculptures will be on display at Louisiana, as will a number of his early experimental paintings and seminal graphic works, highlighting the tension between individual creation and the collectivist politics that informed Gernes’s practice.