One of the leading figures in Danish contemporary art, John Kørner, will be showing his impressive works constructed out of fine layers of paint in a solo exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary in February, right after his Intercontinental Super Fruits exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In all its diversity and intense use of colour this eminent artist’s repertoire includes painting, sculpture and graphic art. In Kørner’s works beauty and making a statement meet, both on two-dimensional painting surfaces and in three-dimensional installations. The perception of art, the collective aesthetic experience and the potential of painting to communicate are at the centre of Kørner’s oeuvre. The Helsinki Contemporary exhibition continues and extends this journey into and within painting and, along with that, also the painting’s physical and mental dimensions. The journey or route taken is visible on the works’ picture surface, in the abstract forms, the brushstrokes and their orientation.
John Kørner (b. 1967) lives and works in Copenhagen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has participated in exhibitions since the mid-1990s, e.g. at: Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Museum Belvédère, The Netherlands; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Art Basel, Switzerland. His works have been part of group exhibitions at e.g. Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj. He is a recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Art Award – third prize in 2008 and a scholarship in 2000. Kørner’s works are represented in collections including the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Arken Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Denmark, Tate Gallery and The Saatchi Collection. His most recent solo exhibitions in Finland were at Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki (2018) and EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo (2018). Kørner’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, John Kørner: Intercontinental Super Fruits, is at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit until 9 January 2022. His works are also currently on view in Work it Out, a group exhibition at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark, until 16 January 2022.
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