Bowdoin College Museum of Art Curator Joachim Homann reflects on the exhibition Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture, which ends its run this weekend.
The major exhibition of paintings and sculpture by the Danish artist Per Kirkeby (born 1938) is about to close. It will be on view in the magnificent upstairs galleries of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art until this Sunday, July 14. If you haven’t seen it, please do. If you have already been in the show, you know that it’s worth another visit.
As the Museum’s curator, I have spent time in the exhibition almost daily since its opening in late March. This is what happened to me: In the first weeks, I began to recognize more and more figurative elements in Kirkeby’s work. That abstract sculpture? It features the profile of a human head, shielded by a painter’s palette. The purely gestural chalk drawing on blackboard? It’s a depiction of three horses!