A photograph from 1966 shows Poul Gernes, as he stands barefoot on a piano, messing around like a five year old. Some people might declare the artist insane, but we won't. Two good reasons: he is messing around in front of his own work and also because he is an artist who enjoyed life to the fullest. The joy of life and colours.
Poul Gernes, born in 1925, was a painter, sculptur and intermittent maker of films. The Dane designed buildings, including hospitals, schools and hotels with his distinctly colourful graphics and illustarted the Danish pavilion at the Biennale 1988 in Venice. His grand rediscovery was celebrated at the documenta XII in Kassel.
Gerne's picture series from the 60s and 70s are his most famous works, which settled somewhere between minimal and pop art. They tend to show circles, letters, floral textures, targets – graphical forms and dazzling colours intertwining.
The exhibition consists of approximately 400 works, whose impact becomes particularly evident on 3000 square metres.
We have attached a few snapshots of the private view on the 7th of October. Per Poulsen-Hansen the ambassador of Denmark inaugurated the exhibition. It becomes clear that Poul Gernes manages to make audiences glow, long after his passing away in 1996.
A GoSee must-see! The Deichtorhallen Hambug will be showing the retrospective until the 16th of January 2011.
Poul Gernes – Retropektive
Haus der Photographie