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Poul Gernes

Galerie Ben Kaufmann

Although Poul Gernes, who died in 1996, is well known in Denmark, where he exerted a decisive influence on the development of the local art scene during the second half of the last century, his reputation is just beginning to extend beyond the borders of that country. While the colorful panels from his “Stripe Series,” 1967–68, were shown in Kassel as part of Documenta 12, this Berlin show offered a look at Gernes’s earlier work. He made these pieces soon after joining forces with art historian Troels Andersen in 1961 to found the Eksperimenterende Kunstskole (the Experimental Art School), known as Eks-skolen, in Copenhagen. In a time of new departures in Denmark as well as elsewhere in the world, the Eks-skolen was soon part of a vibrant international community: Nam June Paik, Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys all came to visit. Experimental impulses were the order

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