Michael Kvium’s pictures of brutish, caricatured creatures fascinate all of us and have become part of the Danish cultural heritage. In the autumn of 2017 a long-standing dream of ARKEN will come true: a major Kvium exhibition with brand new works created for the occasion.
2 September 2017 to 14 January 2018, Arken Museum of Modern ArtSkovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj
Like actors on a stage
What is it that typifies Kvium’s figures? They don’t hide their worst sides. The expose their flaws and defects – deformed bodies, foolish expressions, malevolent looks. The animal lurking beneath human reason – ourselves – when we are asleep or lose control.
Often we make eye contact with the frightening creatures that apparently want to connect with us. That contact is central to Kvium’s works. Kvium loves the theatrical and baroque, and the beings depicted perform for us like actors on a stage. Through them we are perhaps confronted with some hidden layers in ourselves, behind the facade.
Michael Kvium (b. 1955) made his breakthrough on the art scene in the 1980s with film and performance. Since then his characteristic figurative paintings have addressed the existential themes of being human. Kvium has also done stage design for the theatre and exhibited all over the world.