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Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist paintings

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The Surrealist period was extraordinary […] the best in my life as an artist.

Rita Kernn-Larsen


From February 25th until June 26th 2017 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection dedicates an unpublished study on the Rita Kernn-Larsen surrealist art, a renowned Danish painter, with the exhibition Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist paintings, curated by Gražina Subelyte, Curatorial Assistant of the Venitian museum.

It is 1937 when Rita Kernn-Larsen (Hillerød 1904 – Copenhagen 1998) meets Peggy Guggenheim in Paris and a partnership started only a year after that meeting, a partnership that brings the Danish artist to exhibit by the Guggenheim Jeune, exhibition that marks the beginning of the Surrealist period for both.

Still little known outside Scandinavia environment “the Danish Picasso” as it was dubbed by her Danish colleagues, became a pivotal figure in the surrealist group.

Through the technique of automatism, the artist brings out a stream of images directly from the unconscious: “I start with something real and the unconscious does the rest”, she explains.

The exhibition brings together an important selection of paintings from public and private Danish collections, including the National Gallery of Denmark in  Copenhagen, the Kunstmuseet Tønder and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg. The exhibition also includes photographs and documents relating to her personal exhibition at Guggenheim June and a video interview on the occasion of her participation in the Venice Biennale of Art in 1986.


Peggy Guggenheim Museum Shop:

February 25th  – June 26th 2017
everyday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Tuesday
tel: 041.2405.422 / 432; fax: 041.520.6885


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