The Sketch by Michael Kvium

Friday June 7 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

In collaboration with Museum Holmen and Michael Kvium, Horsens Art Museum presents an exhibition based on the artist’s sketch work. The exhibition features 142 sketches on display, from the 1990s until today. Since 1984 Horsens Art Museum has focused on Michael Kvium (b. 1955) in the museum’s collection and the museum has the country’s largest collection of works by the artist. Therefore, it is our great pleasure to present a special exhibition that focuses on the studies that lie in the artistic work before the painting is created. Horsens Art Museum has a large collection of sketches created by Michael Kvium, and for that reason it seemed relevant to exhibit a significant part of the artist’s sketch works. Likewise, several of the sketches on the exhibition constitute preliminary work for the three paintings ‘One of Those Days, Days’, ‘Future Me’ and ‘Untitled’, which is part of the collection at Horsens Art Museum.

Thanks to Museum Holmen and foundations
The exhibition has been realised thanks to Museum Holmen that presented the exhibition until Sunday 19 May. The exhibition has been created with the support of: A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Knud Højgaards Fond, Oticon Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat.

In connection with the exhibition, Museum Holmen has published an exhibition catalog, which can be purchased at Horsens Art Museum in connection with the exhibition. Read more about the exhibition here.


Sketch by Michael Kvium 2017


Michael Kvium – artworks from the collectionas

As a dialogue for the exhibition’The Sketch’ by Michael Kvium, Horsens Art Museum presents a number of paintings by the artist. The paintings from the collection is:

‘One of Those Days, Days’  2014

‘Future Me’ 1993-1994

‘Self-portrait’ 1985

‘Untitled’  1994

Side by side with the paintings, the museum presents a number of preliminary studies from the collection of drawings by the artist.

The Danish artist Michael Kvium is an important part of the Horsens Art Museum’s collection. The museum has followed and supported Michael Kvium’s artistic career since his breakthrough in the mid-1980s. This means that the museum today has the country’s largest collection of Michael Kvium’s works of art, which span widely over painting, drawing, graphics and sculpture created in the years 1985 – 2014.

In the painting “One of Those Days, Days”, nature and man are once again the artistic starting point. The work consists of three paintings that are put together into one artwork. In the painting on the left is a landscape motif with birch trees. The low-profile perspective on this side gives a dizzying feeling of looking up and contributes to the thin birch trees appearing monumental and overwhelming for the viewer. The color scheme is pastel in the form of bright broken colors. However, in spite of the bright colors, the sky appears gloomy and dark in the form of the dark purple clouds, warning of a threatening storm.

The painting on the right, on the other hand, is seen from a normal perspective where a backward-looking man figure appears in front of a black background. From his trouser pocket hangs a cloth with paint stains, which is particularly noticeable by being painted on his own small canvas, which hangs below the large painting. The cloth acts as a prop that points out that the man is an artist in his workwear. It therefore seems obvious to consider the man as an depiction of the artist Michael Kvium himself.

Michael Kvium ‘One of Those Days, Days’ 2014

Imod Arkimedes, 1988. Oil, metal, plastic boxes on canvas. 200,0 x 163,0 cm. Bought 19/03-1988

Erik A. Frandsen – in the collection

Erik A. Frandsen was born in Randers in 1957 and played a leading role in the artistic breakthrough in Denmark in the years 1981 – 83. Today we associate Erik A. Frandsen as one of Denmark’s most acknowledged artists who’s oeuvre is highly multifacetted.

The works of Erik A. Frandsen is to be found on many Danish muse- ums as well as in public spaces and private collections.
Through the years he has played, and still plays, a great and signifi- cant role in the history of Horsens Art Museum. Frandsen was among the first artists to exhibit at Horsens Art Museum after the museum was established as an independant museum; first in a joint group exhibition, ’Ler-etuder II’ in 1985 and then in the solo exhibition ’Re- trograd Amnesi/Ingen vej tilbage’ in 1986. Since then a large handful of solo – and group exhibitions has followed.

With more than 300 works, Frandsen occupies a significant place in the Horsens Art Museum’s collection, where we can follow his artistic development from the the early 1980s to the present day.

From 1976 -79 Erik A. Frandsen studied ceramics in Greece, sculpture in Carrera, Italy, and worked with graphics in France. When he mo- ved back to Denmark in 1981 he co-founded the artistic community ’Værkstedet Værst’. As a part of ’De Unge Vilde’ (The Wild Young)in the beginning of the 1980’s, Frandsen was taking part in pushing the boundaries for the formal expression of art as well as the use of materials, particularly focussing on paintings. As an artist he has explored numerous mediums through his artistic career in an end- less search for new opportunities. The exploration of various artistic mediums spands widely from painting and photography to graphics, sculpture, installation, mosaics, neon and steel reliefs. The artist’s wide use of different mediums bears witness to a constant urge to explore new possibilities, and the content of the motive tells a similar story. Incorporating an artist like Erik A. Frandsen can be difficult but the collection at Horsens Art Museum can help put an insight into the artist’s many-facetted universe.

The exhibition ’Erik A. Frandsen in the collection of Horsens Art Museum’ is open until the 25th of August 2019 and You can read more about the exhibition here.



Arles- mon amour – no pasaran 2, 2015

Scagliola. Diameter 250 cm
Gift 20/08-2018 from Inge og Asker Larsens fond til støtte af almennyttige formål