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Peter Louis-Jensen

Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum

The avant-garde project of total integration of art and society eventually leads out of art. Peter Louis-Jensen (1941–99) was among those who took this route, although he made more stops along the way than most. He pioneered Minimalism and a kind of Pop-brut-structure painting as well as producing graphic work, assemblages, Happenings, films, and sound works. Around 1970 this full creative palette exploded in political activism. If to some extent Louis-Jensen disappeared from the establishment radar due to his peregrinations in and outside of art, with his radicalism and impatience he always seemed to be present even by default or through sheer charisma.

Louis-Jensen was also a synecdoche for collectivism, with his involvement in the ’60s extra-academic initiative the Experimental Art School as the most influential example, counting among its other members artists such as Poul Gernes and

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