Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings

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Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
From 25 February to 26 June 2017

 

Rita Kernn-Larsen, a prominent Danish Surrealist artist, whom Peggy Guggenheim met in Paris in 1937, was invited by Peggy the following year to exhibit her paintings at Guggenheim Jeune, Peggy’s London gallery a show which inaugurated Peggy’s career with Surrealist art. This new exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen, to this day too little known outside Denmark, inaugurating two new exhibition rooms at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. More than half of the paintings selected for the show were also exhibited in Peggy’s 1938 exhibition.

 

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The exhibition will highlight how Kernn-Larsen was one of several women who played a noteworthy part in the Surrealist movement. She trained with Fernand Léger in Paris in the early 1930s, distinguishing herself as a star pupil. That year she made contact with the Danish Surrealist group, with which she began exhibiting the following year. She immediately established her prominence within the group and participated in the 1930s in key exhibitions in Europe. These included the renowned Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1938, soon after which she held her one-woman exhibition in Peggy’s gallery. That same year, Kernn-Larsen’s works were included in two other group exhibitions at Guggenheim Jeune: Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture and Exhibition of Collages, Papiers-collés, and Photo-montages.

 

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The Venice exhibition will shed light on how, in the Surrealist vein, Kernn-Larsen’s works combined memory and dream, as she employed an automatic painting method, aiming to generate a flow of images arising from within the unconscious. The exhibition will also highlight how she was inspired by the work of Paul Delvaux, one of whose paintings, The Break of Day portrays femme-arbres, women as arboreal figures. The identification of the Surrealist female artist with the fertile natural world will be presented through several works. Three of Kernn-Larsen’s paintings, including the Guggenheim self-portrait, were selected by the art historian and curator Arturo Schwarz for the 1986 Venice Biennale. This exhibition marks her return to the city after more than thirty years.

 

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The exhibition brings together Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen from public and private collections in Denmark. Photographs and other ephemeral material related to Kernn-Larsen’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Jeune gallery will also be on display. Last but not least, a film-interview with Kernn-Larsen recorded on the occasion of her participation in the 1986 Venice Biennale will be on view.

 

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