Rita Kernn-Larsen

Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings

25 February – 26 June 2017
Curated by Gražina Subelytė
Project Rooms, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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The Surrealist period was splendid... it truly was the best time for me as an artist.
Rita Kernn-Larsen


Rita Kernn-Larsen
Rita Kernn-Larsen at Guggenheim Jeune, London 1938. Collection of Danielle Grünberg

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents the exhibition Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings, curated by Gražina Subelytė, Curatorial Assistant of the Collection, inaugurating its “Project Rooms”: two new exhibition rooms at the museum dedicated to focused exhibitions.

Rita Kernn-Larsen (Hillerød, 1904–Copenhagen, 1998), a prominent Danish Surrealist artist, whom Peggy Guggenheim met in Paris in 1937, was invited by Peggy the following year to exhibit her paintings at Guggenheim Jeune, Peggy’s London gallery, a show which inaugurated Peggy’s career with Surrealist art. This new exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen, to this day too little known outside Denmark. This will be the first important presentation of Kernn-Larsen’s Surrealist period outside of her native Scandinavia since her one-woman exhibition at Guggenheim Jeune. More than half of the paintings selected for the show were also exhibited in Peggy’s 1938 exhibition.



Rita Kernn-Larsen, The Apple, 1934
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg

Rita Kernn-Larsen, Phantoms, 1934
National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen

Rita Kernn-Larsen, Dance and Counter-dance, 1936
Private collection, Denmark

Rita Kernn-Larsen, Searching for the Moon, 1936-37
Private collection, Denmark

Rita Kernn-Larsen, Behind the Mirror, 1937
Kunstmuseet i Tonder, Denmark
Rita Kernn-Larsen, Self-Portrait (Know Thyself), 1937
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice. Purchased with funds contributed by
Penny Borda, Lewis and Laura Kruger, and the Guggenheim Circle, 2013

Rita Kernn-Larsen, The Women’s Uprising, 1940
Kunstmuseet i Tonder, Denmark


The exhibition brings together Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen from public and private collections in Denmark, including the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg. Photographs and other ephemeral material related to Kernn-Larsen’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Jeune gallery will also be on display. Last but not least, a film-interview with Kernn-Larsen recorded on the occasion of her participation in the 1986 Venice Biennale will be on view in the museum’s veranda. Daily 3 p.m. free presentations of the exhibition.
CATALOGUE

Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, in English and Italian, with essays by Gražina Subelytė and the Danish art historian Johan Zimsen.

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SPONSOR

The exhibition is supported by:

Intitutional Patrons
BSI
Lavazza
Regione del Veneto
 

Guggenheim Intrapresae
Acqua di Parma + Aermec + Allegrini + Apice + Arclinea + Arper + Corriere della Sera + Distilleria Nardini + Florim + Foodies Bros + Gruppo Campari + Hangar Design Group + Istituto Europeo di Design + Mapei + MST-Gruppo Maccaferri + Reggiani Illuminazione + René Caovilla + Rubelli + Ruinart + Safilo Group + Swatch + Trend


Funding for the exhibition was generously provided also by the following Danish foundations: Ny Carlsbergfondet, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Beckett Fonden and Drost Fonden. The exhibition is under the auspices of the Embassy of Denmark to Italy.
 

Embassy of Denmark

Education programs surrounding the exhibition are funded by the Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz.