POUL GERNES

Born 1925 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 1996 in Ängelholm, Sweden

1985-1991 Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
1961 Founded the Experimental Art School (Eks-Skolen) in Copenhagen, Denmark
1948
1943-1948
Marries the fabric printer and artist Aase Seidler Jensen
Apprenticeship as Litographic Artist, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Solo exhibitions 

2019 Paintings, Sculptures, Flags, etc., Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 I Cannot Do It Alone – Want to Join In?, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2015 Poul Gernes, I8 Gallery, Reykjavik, iceland
2011 Poul Gernes – Retrospective, Lunds Konsthall, Lund and Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
2010 Poul Gernes – Retrospective, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2009 Poul Gernes, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Behind, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany
2005 Poul Gernes – Graphic Works, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
Poul Gernes, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany
2003 Poul Gernes – Series of “Milk Cartons” and “Plaster Sculptures”, Galleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 Poul Gernes – Arbeiten aus den Jahren 1960 bis 1996, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
2001 Invitation to a Cup of Milk – and All the Best from Poul Gernes, Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg and Kunstforeningen GL. STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999 Poul Gernes – Works From 1966-1968, Galleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1996 Poul Gernes, Galleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Series by Poul Gernes, Clausholm Castle, Randers, Denmark
1995 Poul Gernes 70th Birrthday Exhibition, Kunstcentrum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1989 Poul Gernes, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
1988 Venice Biennale, Danish Pavillion, Venice, Italy
1986 Himmerland’s Art Museum, Aars, Denmark
1985 Fleurs, the Danish House, Paris, France
1983 Poul Gernes’ Large and Old Works, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum (now Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art), Aalborg, Denmark
1982 Galleri Specta, Aarhus, Denmark
1979 Emdrupborg, Copenhagen
Poul Gernes Retrospective, Sophienholm, Lyngby, Copenhagen
1978 Archive for Decorative Art, Lund, Sweden
1972 Suggestions for a European Federation Flag, Danergalleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark
1971 It is Beautiful in Denmark, Jysk Kunstgalleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tintin, Tranegården, Hellerup, Denmark
1965 The Human Exhibition (censored before its opening, but Troels Anders wrote a review which was printed in “Information”), Copenhagen Central Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivolis Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
1960 Galleri Hyber, Copenhagen, Denmark


Group exhibitions

2019 Nordic Impressions. Contemporary Art From Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, And Sweden, Scandinavia House, New York, USA
GMA XXX AAR, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
What Are You Looking At?, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Flag. Objekt, ikon, symbol, Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers, Denmark
I Would Love Just One Flower, I Don’t Need the Whole Bouquet, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 Villa til Ragna & Franka, Kastrupgård Samlingen, Kastrup, Denmark
Nordic Impressions. Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821-2018, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. USA
ART 2018, Wanås Konst, Wanås, Sweden
Furniture by Artists. Chair, Chair, Chair, Lamp, Table, Bed Sofa, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Transformations in Plaster, KØS museum of art in public spaces, Køge, Denmark
2017 Owner’s Choice, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
De Kleuren van de Stijl, Kunsthal KAdE, Eemhuis, Netherlands
2016 Unclebrother (All Summer in a Day), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Three Big Paintings, Three Chairs, 57W57 ARTS, New York, USA
Curtains (curated by Sarra Brill), Gallery Kristen Lorello, New York, USA
Season in the Sun, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 Painting the 1960ties, BRANDTS, Odense, Denmark
Adam, Andy, Alexander…, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
What’s Happening?, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Flowers for Poul, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 Century of the Child. Nordic design for children 1900 till today, Museum Vandalorum, Värnamo, Sweden
Shades of Black on White, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Sidekick (Cosima von Bonin and Poul Gernes), Artipelag, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Kirchners Bogenschützen. Kunstgeschlichtiche Reflexionen, Kirchner Museum, Davos,
The Parergon and the Gutter, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cosima von Bonin//Poul Gernes, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
Color Me In, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark
Anti-Academy, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England
2012 Punkt.Systeme – Vom Pointillismus zum Pixel, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen,
2011 Geschmack. Der Gute, der Schlechte und der wirklich Teure, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden,
Bolt Out of the Blue – Poul Gernes and Birgir Andresson, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
ALL OF THE ABOVE, Carte Blanche à John M Armleder, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2010 Pictures on Pictures. Discursive Painting from Albers to Zobernig. From the Daimler Art Collection, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
The Ex School – Experiment Art School 1961-1969, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark
2009 Across. Acquisitions 2007-09, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
GBB 1999, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
New Model Army, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany
2008 Angli, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
Painting Now and Forever Part II, The Greene Naftali Gallery, New York City, New York
Whatever happened to Sex in Scandinavia?, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo, Norway
Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
2007 documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Fish and Ships. Maritimes in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
Lund Konsthall 50 years, Lund Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Match Race – Modernistic remixes between now and then, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
High Lights, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
2006 Eye catchers – highlights from the collection, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
La Boum I / La Boum II, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin and Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
Never Walk Alone, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Munich, Germany
Eks-Skolen, Galleri Tavi, Skagen, Denmark
I Still Love the 20th Century, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
2005 Schwarz, Brot, Gold, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Highlights, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004 Minimalism and After III, New Acquisitions, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Color, Galleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Flower Power, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lile, France
Und im Winde klirren die Fahnen, Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Munich, Germany
2002 SML, Galleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2001 Cosima von Bonin, Bruder Poul sticht in See, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
1995 Art Against Aids, Galleri Nicolai Wallner and Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1988 Nordic Concrete Art, Sveaborg, Helsinki, Finland
1985 Homo Decorans, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Danish Sculpture in the 20th Century, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
1984 Flowers for Vejle, Vejle Kunstmuseum, Vejle, Denmark
The Danes, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
The Triennial, Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
1978 Alternative Graphics in the Sixties, Kastrupgård Collection, Kastrup, Denmark
Arm and Legs on Willumsen, J.F. Willumsen Museum, Frederikssund, Denmark
1976 Arms and Legs – Five Danish Artists, Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
1970 Tabernakel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
1969 Festival 200, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
1968 Anonymities, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Charlottenborg’s Spring Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
1967 The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Young Danish Art, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning Copenhagen and Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
9 Young Danes, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Presents several performances during the “Ta’-Tour”, with artists from the Eks-School and the periodical “Ta’” (Take), with cover design by Poul Gernes
1966 The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition, Den Frie Udstillningsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Nordic Protest Biennale, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
State of Affairs, happening festival, Eks-skolen, Copenhagen, Denmark (where Gernes’ striped “wallpaper” is the setting for Joseph Beuys’ “Eurasia-Performance”)
1962 The Experimental Art School’s first collective exhibition, Galleri Gl. Strand, Denmark
1961 The Summer Exhibition, Den Frie Udstillningsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
1949 The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Maintained Public Decorations (selected)

1995 Heart Centre Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 CKU Centre for Communikation and Education, Viborg, Denmark
1994 Vestervang School, Herning, Denmark
1992-1994 Nexø School (Paradisbakkeskolen), Bornholm, Denmark
1991 Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Søborg, Denmark
1991 Ordrup Gymnasium, Charlottenlund, Denmark
1990 Tårnby Technical School (Next), Kastrup, Denmark
1990 Laundromat Nansensgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
1989 Palads Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
1988 Dental Practice, Neustadt am Rübenberge, Germany
1987 Fritz Hansen A/S, Lillerød, Denmark
1985-1986 Horsens City Hall, Horsens, Denmark
1984 Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
1982-1985 Three rocks in Køge, Køge, Denmark
1982 Morsø Theatre, Morsø, Denmark
1981 Høje-Taastrup Gymnasium, Taastrup, Denmark
1980-1986 Panum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
1977-1978 Flügger paint factory, Kolding, Denmark
1977 Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark (partly maintained)
1968-1976 Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Denmark

 

Films (selected)

1978-1997 Cairo, Filmed by Poul Gernes (edited by Steen Møller Rasmussen post-mortem)
1974-1976 The Normans – A Film About the Vikings, Feature film by Poul Gernes and Per Kirkeby, Denmark (89 min.)
1963 Makes experimental collective films (8mm and 16mm) in conjunction with the Eks-School, amongst other The Vomit Film

Books (selected)

2018 Poul Gernes: Decoration Projects 1970-2006, König Books, London
2016 The Brotherhood: the Experimenting Art School Copenhagen 1961-1969, Kehrer, Heidelberg
2011 Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today: Werke der Daimler-Kunst-Sammlung, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
2007 Films by and with Poul Gernes, Borgen, Copenhagen
2005 Det grafiske eksperiment. Poul Gernes’ tryk 1943-1966, Thaning & Appel, Frederiksberg
2003 Farvernes medicin / Poul Gernes og amtssygehuset I Herlev, Borgens, Copenhagen
2002 Poul Gernes’ plakater 1947 – 1994, Dansk Plakatmuseum, Aabyhøj
2000 Poul Gernes: monografi, Borgen, Copenhagen
1999 Visual Art in Hospitals, Gli ori, Florence
1990 Kunst som livsform, Dansk Fritidsforum, Copenhagen
1983 Portrætter, Eks-Skolens Forlag, Copenhagen
1971 At der er dejligt i Danmark viser Poul Gernes, by Jane Pedersen, Borgen, Copenhagen
1966 Poul Gernes, Hvedekorn, Copenhagen

Catalogues (selected)

2018 Nordic Impressions. Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821-2018, Exh. Cat. The Phillips Collection
2017 De Kleuren van De Stijl. Exh. cat. Amersfoort: Kunsthal KAdE
2017 What Does Art Do at Hospitals? Exh. cat. Køge: KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces
2016 I Cannot Do It Alone – Want to Join In? Exh. cat. Humblebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
2013 Poul Gernes, Cosima von Bonin: Sidekick. Exh. cat. Gustavsberg: Artipelag Konsthall
2013 Kirchners Bogenschützen. Kunstgeschlichtiche Reflexionen. Exh. cat. Davos: Kirchner Museum
2011 Geschmack: der Gute, der Schlechte und der wirklich Teure. Exh. cat. Cologne: Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2010 Poul Gernes: Retrospektive. Exh. cat. Hamburg: Deichtorhallen
2008 Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?. Exh. cat. Oslo: Office for Contemporary Art
2007 Continued / Poul Gernes. Exh. cat. Berlin: Galerie Ben Kaufman
2007 Documenta 12. Exh. cat. Cologne: Documenta Kassel
2004 Minimalism and After. Exh. cat. Stuttgart: DaimlerChrysler AG
2003 Flower Power. Exh. cat. Lille: Palais des Beaux-Arts
2002 Poul Gernes: Arbeiten aus den Jahren 1960 bis 1996. Exh. cat. Cologne: Kunsthalle Braunschweig
2001 Invitation til en kop mælk – og alt godt fra Poul Gernes. Exh. cat. Aalborg: Kunsten
1996  Poul Gernes. Exh. cat. Aarhus: Clausholm Slot
1988 Poul Gernes: Colour and Space. Exh. cat. Venice: La biennale di Venezia
1988 Poul Gernes. Exh. cat. Herning: Herning Kunstmuseum
1985 Danish Sculpture in the 20th Century. Exh. cat. Duisburg: Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum
1979 Poul Gernes. Exh. cat. Lyngby: Sophienholm
1978 Alternativ dansk grafik i tresserne. Exh. cat. Kastrup: Kastrupgårdsamlingen
1976 Arme og ben. Exh. cat. Lucerne: Kunstmuseum Luzern
1970 Tabernakel. Exh. cat. Humblebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Articles (selected)

2018 “Analysis of Poul Gernes’ Painted Folding Doors at Herlev Hospital”, Anna Hansen, Heritage Science, November 2018, pp.1-8
2016 “Poul Gernes: I Cannot Do It Alone Want to Join In?”, Ina Blom, Artforum International, May 2016, p.183
2016 “Det moralske kompas: Kunstneren og dekoratøren Poul Gernes”, Tania Ørum, Louisiana Magasin, 2016, pp.2-19
2011 “Birger Andresson and Poul Gernes”, Trent Morse, ARTnews, October 2011, p.105
2011 “Poul Gernes – Werk, Praxis, Wirklichkeit?” Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Kunsforum International, Juli 2011, pp.258-271
2010 “Soziale Farben, relationales Duschen”, Rainer Stange, Spike Art Quarterley, Winter 2010
2010 “Poul Gernes”, Michael Stoeber, Artist Kunstmagazin, 2010, pp.34-41
2007  “Poul Gernes”, Noemi Smolik, Artforum International, November 2007, p.381

Scholarships (selected)

1979 The Danish Arts Foundation 3 year scholarship, Denmark
1977 C.V. Eckersberg Medal, Denmark
1973 The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
1971 The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
1968-1969 The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
1965-1966 Receives the first of several working grants from The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
1961 Thorvaldsen-Eckersberg Fondet scholarship, Denmark


Public Collections (selected)

ARKEN, Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
ARoS – Aarhus Museum of Art, Aarhus, Denmark
Daimler Collection, Berlin, Germany
Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
KØS – Museum of art in public spaces, Køge, Denmark
Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Denmark
SMK The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
European Patent Office, Munich, Germany
The Copperplate Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sammlung Grässlin, Kunstraum Grässlin, St. Georgen, Germany