07 Nov 2020 –
06 Feb 2021
BORCH Gallery is delighted to present a series of monoprints by the late Danish artist Per Kirkeby.
Although Kirkeby announced the end of his career as a painter in 2015, his collaboration with BORCH Editions, dating back as far as 1979, continued nevertheless. In 2017, he created a series of multi-coloured monoprints in collaboration with master printer Mette Ulstrup that will be on view for the first time in Berlin.
It was in Niels Borch Jensen’s studio that Kirkeby first started experimenting with printmaking techniques and colouration and became acquainted with the production of monotypes and monoprints. When creating his 2017 monoprints, Kirkeby added individual marks in watercolour or crayon, after the etching plates were inked. The result is a series of dense, multi-layered unique prints merging Kirkeby’s signature painterly expression with decades of printmaking experience.
Printmaking was a crucial part of Per Kirkeby’s artistic practice. As Danish journalist Peter Michael Hornung put it, ‘it is wrong to assume that Kirkeby is a painter who also makes prints. He is rather a printmaking artist who also paints.’
PER KIRKEBY (1938–2018, Copenhagen) participated multiple times in the Biennale di Venezia and in documenta. His works can be found in renowned international collections like MoMA, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Tate Modern; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and many more. Per Kirkeby worked with BORCH Gallery & Editions from 1979 until 2017.