Galleri Susanne Ottesen was founded in 1983 by Susanne Ottesen and is one of the pioneering galleries in Denmark to champion a generation of local and international contemporary artists, each with a radical and distinctive approach to the possibilities of art.
For CHART 2021, Galleri Susanne Ottesen will present works by Ragna Braase, Lawrence Weiner, Kehnet Nielsen, Fredrik Tydén and Andreas Eriksson.
Ragna Braase (DK)
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Danish artist Ragna Braase weaved intensively inside her homemade Yurt in Marcoussis, Paris, creating a remarkable and diverse body of textile work, which until recently was vastly unnoticed. Braase´s vibrant weavings are full of surprising compositions in their color- and pattern combinations, sometimes appearing almost psychedelic or musical in their opticality.
Ragna Braase is part of a history that is about to come into being. Although she had significant exhibitions in Denmark during the 1980’s, her practice was nearly forgotten for many years. With SMK’s exhibition last year showing installations and prints by the artist, and Centre Pompidou’s recent acquisition of one of her weavings, her works have begun to resurface.
Ragna Braase (1929-2013) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen 1954-57 and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris 1952-53. After 1968 she lived and worked in the Parisian suburb Marcoussis. Ragna Braase´s work is included in public collections such as the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), ARoS, Museet for Samtidskunst, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Lawrence Weiner is an American conceptual artist, whose work is fundamental in the emergence of Conceptual Art in the 1960s. Making use of language as their “physical” medium, Weiner´s works usually refer to different materials and actions. By alluding to their existence, or the possibility of their existence, the works challenge, and ultimately extend the borders of the artwork as traditionally defined.
Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, New York) lives and works in New York. Weiner´s work has been exhibited all over the world. He had a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). More recent solo exhibitions include Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark (2021); South London Gallery, London, UK (2014), MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2013). He participated in documenta 5, 6, 7, and 13 (1972, 1977, 1982, 2012), the 36th, 41st, 50th and 55th Venice Biennales (1972, 1984, 2003, 2013) and the 27th Biennale de Sao Paulo (2006).
Kehnet Nielsen is an acclaimed Danish painter whose rich artistic practice spans over a period of 40 years. As a young artist in the beginning of the 1980s, Nielsen was part of the Danish ´de unge Vilde´ painters reviving and revolutionizing painting as medium, a movement inspired by Neo-Expressionist tendencies in German art. Nielsen´s paintings move between abstraction and figuration, sometimes containing explicit, but not definitive textual or visual references to art, poetry, and literature. The artist thereby creates an immersive and emotional universe inviting for contemplation. Nielsen´s new pictures are characterized by a dense and fresh use of color as well as the poetic lyricism recurring in the artists´ oeuvre.
Kehnet Nielsen (b. 1947, Copenhagen, Denmark) lives and works in Lyngby, Denmark. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1977-1982. Major solo exhibitions include Sophienholm, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark (2018), Konsthallen Hishult, Hishult, Sweden (2016), Museum Sønderjylland, Denmark (2011).
Kehnet Nielsen is represented in the public collections of the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark; KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark. Among awards he received the Eckersberg Medal in 1996 and Sven Hols Grant in 2010.
Fredrik Tydén is a Danish sculptor. Working with materials spanning from the organic to the synthetic, Tydén´s sculptures often embrace antique or classicizing forms and ornaments as their point of departure. The artist (re)interprets this historicizing base through the application of a kind of digital language. His sculptures often take shape through layers of digital and physical translations: a spatial shape becoming digital rendering, becoming flat foldable surface, only to finally become spatial again as sculpture. The works may be regarded as dialogues not only between the classical and the futuristic, but also the fragmented and the integrated, the rough and the finely polished, and the figurative and the abstract; dialogues, that shuffle these opposing qualities into elegant sculptures.
Fredrik Tydén (b. 1995, Copenhagen, Denmark) lives and works in Vordingborg, Copenhagen. Tydén received his MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015. He was awarded the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's talent prize in 2020, and The Remmen Foundation Art Prize in 2017. Tydén is represented in the public collection of Statens Kunstfond.
Andreas Eriksson is Swedish painter. Eriksson is best known for his abstract landscape paintings, but he also works with other media such as weavings, sculpture, and photography. His works, inspired by the Swedish landscape and different natural phenomena, slowly reveal a calm, emotional universe, and they often carry with them a special Nordic feeling.
Andreas Eriksson (b. 1975 in Björsäter, Sweden) lives and works in Lidköping, Sweden. Eriksson received his MA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (1998). Solo exhibitions include Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden (2021), The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden (2020), the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2011). Andreas Eriksson is represented in the public collections of, among others, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Nasher Sculpture Park, Dallas, Texas, USA; Moderna Museet, Sweden; MUMOK, Vienna, Austria.