Michael Kvium
1955
Horsens, DK
Spain and Denmark
Education

1979- 85
The Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, DK

CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018
Circus Europa, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Art Me, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, CN

2017
Cirkus Europa, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK
The Shade of White, BGE – Contemporary Art Projects, Stavanger, NO
Michael Kvium - Summer Exhibition, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, DK
Think Bigger, Trapholt – Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding,
DK

2016
Saligia, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, DE

2015
Saligia, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, SE

2014
Painter’s Nest, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, DK
Fools, ARoS, Århus, DK

2013
La Vida, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, CU
Real Monsters, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, DK

2012
Freestyle Tales, Horst-Janssen Museum, Oldenburg, DK
Michael Kvium, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, CN
Tail to Tail, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, DK
Freestyle Tales, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, DK

2011
Where the Hell is God, Emsdettener Kunstverein, DE
Freestyle Tales, The Kastrupgaard Collection, Copenhagen, DK,
Faeroe Islands Art Museum
Nun Mom, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO

2009
La Vida, Gallery Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK

2008
An Eye for a Tale and a Tale for an Eye, Faurschou, Copenhagen DK
European Intruder, Faurschou, Beijing, CN
Intruder's Eyes, The Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Michael Kvium in China, Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum,
CN

2007
Night Eye, Galerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam, NL
Silent Eye, Ordrupgaard Collection, Charlottenlund, DK
2006 Jay Walking Eyes, retrospective, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum,
DK

2005
Michael Kvium, Nordiska Akvarell Museet, Skärhamn, SE
Galerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam, NL

2004
Silence, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, NO
Deep Forest, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, NO
Paradise Fall, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO
Silence, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK

2003
Eye Fall, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Deep Forest, Horsens Kunstmuseum, DK

2002
The Wake, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Bidrag til Bedrag, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK

2001
Nieuwe Schilderijen, Galerie Hof und Huyser, NL
Maleriets Rum, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO
Gifted Paintings, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK

2000
Baroque Coherence, DCA Gallery, New York, US
The Wake, in cooperation with Christian Lemmerz, Statens Museum
for Kunst, Copenhagen, DK

1999
135, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, DE

1998
Fools, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, DK
Short Stories, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK
Opretstående Malerier, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK
Eyes of Reality, Nordens Hus,
Momentum, Galleri Brandstrup, Moss, NO

1997
Pay Back, MUHKA, Antwerp, BE
Circus Humanus, Aarhus Museum of Art, Aarhus, DK

1996
Omstendige Historier, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK
1995 Double Pain, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Domestic Scene, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK
Basic Rhythm, Vejle Art Museum, Vejle, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

1994
Natural Paintings, Muka Gallery, Auckland, NZ

1993
Global Dwarf, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, DK
The Art Unto Sickness, Galleri F15, Moss, NO (catalogue)
Additional venues: 1994: Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens,
DK; Nordic Art Center, Sveaborg, FI

1992
Arvtagerbilleder, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK
1991 Livogdødelleringentingtil, Galleri Specta, Aarhus, DK
Chorós, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, DK, (catalogue)
Additional venue 1992: South Jutland Museum of Art, DK

1990
Lucias øjne, Esbjerg Art Museum, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: Herning Art Museum, Herning, DK
Untitled paintings, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK
Titelless Paintings, Gallery Arctius, London, UK

1989
Overflodsbilleder, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1988
Re.Kvium, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
Papirvirus, West Zealand Art Museum, Sorø, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: 1989: Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens,
DK
Michael Kvium, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1987
Kvinder, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
D.N.A., Galerie Nemo, Eckernförde, DE (catalogue)
Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1986
Michael Kvium & Lars Nørgaard, Horsens Museum of Modern Art,
Horsens, DK

1985
Michael Kvium, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1984
Sorte 80'ere, Galleri A-Gruppen, Copenhagen, DK

1983
Michael Kvium, Galleri 33, Roskilde, DK
Michael Kvium, Galleri A-Gruppen, Copenhagen, DK

Films

2008
The Wake, a film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium, 11th Cairo
International Bienniale, Cairo, EG

2001
The Wake, a film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium
The Wake on Tour: 13/11-00 - 30/1-2001 Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo,
BR, 16/11-00 - 30/1-01 Bienal de Arte de la Habana, CU, 6/12-
00 – 31/1-01 Bienal Arte de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas
Artes, AR, 16/1 – 10/2-01 The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg,
UK, 9/2-4/3-91 Horsens Museum of Art, Horsens, DK, 30-
31/3-01 Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian,
Lissabon, PT

1999
The Wake, film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium
The Wake on tour: 13/9, Royal Museum of Art, Art Biennal 2000
16/12 – 15/10, Amsterdam, NL, World Wide Video Festival 4/11 -
Kampnagel, Hamburg, DE

1992
Voodoo-Europa, 35mm., w. Christian Lemmerz

1991
Albert at Andy's, Portrait of (the danish artist) Albert Mertz

1986
Grød, (Porridge), 16mm., w. Performance group Værst

Public Collections

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, FI
Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum, CN
ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, DK
Cabinet Des Estampes, Geneve, CH
Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, DK
Frisia Museum, Spanbroek, NL
Fondation Frances Hervé, Senils, FR
Gothenburg Art Gallery, Gothenburg, SE
Haugar Vestfold, Tønsberg, NO
Herning Art Museum, Herning, DK
Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens, DK
Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, DK
South Jutland Museum of Art, DK
The Department of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts,
Copenhagen, DK
The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Göteborg, SE
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, DK
Vejle Art Museum, Vejle, DK
West Zealand Art Museum, Sorø, DK

Galleries

Nils Staerk, København, Denmark
Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway
Modernism, San Francisco, USA

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Kvium (1955) had his breakthrough immediately after his education at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kvium works with a wide assortment of media: sculpture, theater, performance, audiovisual and painting. Inspired by Francisco Goya’s ruthless realism, death acts as a continuous presence in Kvium’s works, with an underlying dystopian outlook at modern society. Kvium deals with heavy existential subjects, and his art shows uncompromising portrayals of the aspects of life that we rather hide than expose to observation. Wrapped in stereotypes, the people portrayed confronts the spectator with a paradoxical feeling of horror and fascination of the hideous and of nothingness. The result is a fear of emptiness and the lack of meaning or being create the foundation of a sublime redemption in the experience of his work.

Michael Kvium’s painterly staging contains associations to a theatre stage. As a theater plays a story that unfolds in the interval between the curtain rise and fall, human life unfolds between life and death. This is particularly visible in the way he creates different characters by giving them different clothes, make-up or characteristics of professions or historical people. The characters are often isolated, even in images where there are multiple persons in action. The loneliness of each life gets enhanced when Kvium makes a painting of a couple, a pair of twins or a mother and child. He separates them by using body language, masks or glows, but at the same time the characters often looks strait to the viewer, whereas Kvium creates a feeling of a confrontation or mirroring. They are not alone, but lonely.

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1955
Horsens, DK
Spain and Denmark
Education

1979- 85
The Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, DK

CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018
Circus Europa, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Art Me, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, CN

2017
Cirkus Europa, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK
The Shade of White, BGE – Contemporary Art Projects, Stavanger, NO
Michael Kvium - Summer Exhibition, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, DK
Think Bigger, Trapholt – Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding,
DK

2016
Saligia, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, DE

2015
Saligia, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, SE

2014
Painter’s Nest, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, DK
Fools, ARoS, Århus, DK

2013
La Vida, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, CU
Real Monsters, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, DK

2012
Freestyle Tales, Horst-Janssen Museum, Oldenburg, DK
Michael Kvium, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, CN
Tail to Tail, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, DK
Freestyle Tales, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, DK

2011
Where the Hell is God, Emsdettener Kunstverein, DE
Freestyle Tales, The Kastrupgaard Collection, Copenhagen, DK,
Faeroe Islands Art Museum
Nun Mom, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO

2009
La Vida, Gallery Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK

2008
An Eye for a Tale and a Tale for an Eye, Faurschou, Copenhagen DK
European Intruder, Faurschou, Beijing, CN
Intruder's Eyes, The Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Michael Kvium in China, Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum,
CN

2007
Night Eye, Galerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam, NL
Silent Eye, Ordrupgaard Collection, Charlottenlund, DK
2006 Jay Walking Eyes, retrospective, ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum,
DK

2005
Michael Kvium, Nordiska Akvarell Museet, Skärhamn, SE
Galerie Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam, NL

2004
Silence, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, NO
Deep Forest, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, NO
Paradise Fall, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO
Silence, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK

2003
Eye Fall, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Deep Forest, Horsens Kunstmuseum, DK

2002
The Wake, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Bidrag til Bedrag, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK

2001
Nieuwe Schilderijen, Galerie Hof und Huyser, NL
Maleriets Rum, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO
Gifted Paintings, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK

2000
Baroque Coherence, DCA Gallery, New York, US
The Wake, in cooperation with Christian Lemmerz, Statens Museum
for Kunst, Copenhagen, DK

1999
135, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, DE

1998
Fools, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, DK
Short Stories, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK
Opretstående Malerier, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK
Eyes of Reality, Nordens Hus,
Momentum, Galleri Brandstrup, Moss, NO

1997
Pay Back, MUHKA, Antwerp, BE
Circus Humanus, Aarhus Museum of Art, Aarhus, DK

1996
Omstendige Historier, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, DK
1995 Double Pain, DCA Gallery, New York, US
Domestic Scene, Faurschou, Copenhagen, DK
Basic Rhythm, Vejle Art Museum, Vejle, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

1994
Natural Paintings, Muka Gallery, Auckland, NZ

1993
Global Dwarf, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, DK
The Art Unto Sickness, Galleri F15, Moss, NO (catalogue)
Additional venues: 1994: Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens,
DK; Nordic Art Center, Sveaborg, FI

1992
Arvtagerbilleder, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK
1991 Livogdødelleringentingtil, Galleri Specta, Aarhus, DK
Chorós, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, DK, (catalogue)
Additional venue 1992: South Jutland Museum of Art, DK

1990
Lucias øjne, Esbjerg Art Museum, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: Herning Art Museum, Herning, DK
Untitled paintings, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK
Titelless Paintings, Gallery Arctius, London, UK

1989
Overflodsbilleder, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1988
Re.Kvium, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
Papirvirus, West Zealand Art Museum, Sorø, DK (catalogue)
Additional venue: 1989: Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens,
DK
Michael Kvium, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1987
Kvinder, Galleri Prag, Copenhagen, DK (catalogue)
D.N.A., Galerie Nemo, Eckernförde, DE (catalogue)
Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1986
Michael Kvium & Lars Nørgaard, Horsens Museum of Modern Art,
Horsens, DK

1985
Michael Kvium, Franz Pedersens Kunsthandel, Horsens, DK

1984
Sorte 80'ere, Galleri A-Gruppen, Copenhagen, DK

1983
Michael Kvium, Galleri 33, Roskilde, DK
Michael Kvium, Galleri A-Gruppen, Copenhagen, DK

Films

2008
The Wake, a film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium, 11th Cairo
International Bienniale, Cairo, EG

2001
The Wake, a film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium
The Wake on Tour: 13/11-00 - 30/1-2001 Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo,
BR, 16/11-00 - 30/1-01 Bienal de Arte de la Habana, CU, 6/12-
00 – 31/1-01 Bienal Arte de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas
Artes, AR, 16/1 – 10/2-01 The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg,
UK, 9/2-4/3-91 Horsens Museum of Art, Horsens, DK, 30-
31/3-01 Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian,
Lissabon, PT

1999
The Wake, film by Christian Lemmerz and Michael Kvium
The Wake on tour: 13/9, Royal Museum of Art, Art Biennal 2000
16/12 – 15/10, Amsterdam, NL, World Wide Video Festival 4/11 -
Kampnagel, Hamburg, DE

1992
Voodoo-Europa, 35mm., w. Christian Lemmerz

1991
Albert at Andy's, Portrait of (the danish artist) Albert Mertz

1986
Grød, (Porridge), 16mm., w. Performance group Værst

Public Collections

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, FI
Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Shenzhen Guan Shanyue Art Museum, CN
ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, DK
Cabinet Des Estampes, Geneve, CH
Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, DK
Frisia Museum, Spanbroek, NL
Fondation Frances Hervé, Senils, FR
Gothenburg Art Gallery, Gothenburg, SE
Haugar Vestfold, Tønsberg, NO
Herning Art Museum, Herning, DK
Horsens Museum of Modern Art, Horsens, DK
Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, DK
South Jutland Museum of Art, DK
The Department of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts,
Copenhagen, DK
The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Göteborg, SE
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, DK
Vejle Art Museum, Vejle, DK
West Zealand Art Museum, Sorø, DK

Galleries

Nils Staerk, København, Denmark
Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway
Modernism, San Francisco, USA