Kunsten presents an exhibition of works by a total one-of-a-kind artist in Danish art history. From the very outset of his career, the artist Kurt Trampedach (1943-2013) bewitched audiences with his intense self-portraits and vivid figurative tableaux.
Very few artists have managed to create works that engage you and make an indelible mark on your visual memory in the same way that Kurt Trampedach did. Trampedach’s textural, murky paintings and realistic portrayals of people envelop us in a world peopled by restless, yearning, lonely characters. Intensely present and instantly recognisable, the works reflect everyday situations and universal conditions and feelings. Where do we come from? Who are we? Where will we end up?
When it comes to modern Danish art, Kurt Trampedach (1943-2013) is now considered something of a legend. Throughout his career he went his own way, with no regard for conventions or contemporary taste With his original artistic language he made an early breakthrough at the start 1960s and quickly achieved international success. Trampedach’s dark and occasionally disturbing artistic universe depicted life and modern existence as it was, and his art was always based physically and psychologically on himself and his fellow human beings.
The exhibition features an extensive selection of the artist’s most important works from the 1960s and 1970s, including self-portraits, sculptures and tableaux loaned from both Danish museums and private collectors. Presented in Kunsten’s New Gallery, the exhibition provides an insight into the darkness, which both tangibly and thematically characterised Trampedach’s unique universe of this period.