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  • SONJA FERLOV MANCOBA

    SMK | National Gallery of Denmark
    Sølvgade 48-50
    February 9–May 5

    Curated by Dorthe Aagesen, Mikkel Bogh, and Jonas Storsve

    The curatorial cherry-picking of underrecognized twentieth-century artists has become de rigueur—and this extensive museum show of Danish artist Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911–1984) is the ripe fruit of this institutional revisionism. The comprehensive survey of the artist’s sculptural practice will span her early years as a member of the Linien group of Danish prewar Surrealists and her associations with CoBrA to her death in Paris as an impoverished and unduly marginalized modernist who kept company with the likes of Giacometti and Asger Jorn. Unpacking her precocious yet deeply critical engagement with non-Western art, the curators aim to tell a layered, intricate story about Ferlov’s life and work (supported by her personal papers and extensive library). Further bolstered by a catalogue with contributions from several generations of scholars, this valiant effort will hopefully liberate Ferlov from the footnotes. Travels to Centre Pompidou, Paris, June 26–September 23.