Simone Aaberg Kærn – Skirmish

Sep 27th 2017 to Nov 26th 2017

Simone Aaberg Kærn’s seven metre long triptych Skirmish has prompted much debate. The painting depicts the Danish military operation in Libya and was commissioned by the Museum of National History.

However, the rough draft was rejected on the grounds that it did not confirm “the rather positive narrative of the war”, and the collaboration with the Museum of National History came to an end.


Simone Aaberg Kærn chose to finish the painting at her own initiative, and it now forms part of the exhibition titled Skirmish. The work is based on Kærn’s own observations as a war artist at the Libyan front, where the Danish bombs were dropped in 2011.  


Kærn uses art to stir up political debate. That is why she also exhibits parts of the media coverage and debate surrounding the work while it was still in progress. In conneciton with the opening of the exhibition at Kunsten Simone Aaberg Kærn will take part in a debate and discuss the ideas behind the painting. Simone Aaberg Kærn has also painted the controversial and much debated portrait of former Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.



Skirmish was exhibited at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in 2016/17 and was a major draw. It is now touring the country.


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