I - Works from the Nicolai Wallner Collection
Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Land,
David Shrigley & Jonathan Monk
From September 3rd to October 31st 2009
It is a great pleasure to present an exhibition with works from the private collection of Nicolai Wallner.
This exhibition presents a selection of Nicolai Wallner's private collection with a focus on art that deal with identity and reflection of self.
Opposite an early but seminal work by Olafur Eliasson, a mirror that reflects a burning candle, one finds Elmgreen & Dragset's Powerless Structures, Fig. 19, a piece that evolves around sexuality and identity.
The exhibition also offers a view of Peter Land's iconic video Peter Land d. 5. maj 1994, which with humorous but also existential and melancholic self-exposure influenced a great portoin of the video art of the mid 1990's. Some of the same qualities one also finds in David Shrigley's drawing with it's simple but effective lines that present thoughtful ponderings on the human existence.
Jonathan Monk is represented by Self-portrait (Where Abouts Unknown) that through it's form makes the signature of the exhibition.
The exploration of the artist self formed the basis of many artworks made in the 1990's and accordingly a large part of the art that has been shown in Galleri Nicolai Wallner since the inauguration of the gallery in 1993. With works that span the period 1991-2003 the exhibition marks a place in art history but it also gives an image of the qualities and ambitions that drive our work today.
We are happy to welcome you in the gallery.
Galleri Nicolai Wallner