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New exhibition at SMK: Hieroglyphs and the art of drawing

19 April, 2018 - 20 April, 2018


The exhibition Hieroglyphs at SMK focuses on the important position held by the art of drawing in Danish art during the period 1890–1910. Turning their attention to matters of the soul and our inner lives, artists such as Jens Lund, J.F. Willumsen, Johannes Holbek and Ejnar Nielsen discovered an entirely new visual language.

By the late nineteenth century, a group of Danish artists had grown tired of the naturalist endeavour to depict reality in an objective, neutral fashion – some even believed that naturalism constituted an artistic dead end. Instead they directed their gaze inwards, towards humanity’s inner lives, emotions and thoughts. Thus, Danish Symbolist art is often called ‘images of the soul’ – giving rise to pictures that are both decorative, mystical and enigmatic. Great emphasis is placed on form, and the art of drawing took on a key position in the overall rebellion against naturalism.

Opening on 19 April, the exhibition Hieroglyphs at SMK presents 100 works of art that allow visitors to explore dreams and visions embodied through symbols such as gnarly trees, flowers, ceramics and pregnant women.

Top image: JohannesHolbek,  Spokesman, who in earthly realms…1900; Indian ink, pen, brush, watercolour, gold bronze on paper 400 x 502 mm ; Museum Jorn.


19 April, 2018
20 April, 2018
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Statens Museum for Kunst (Danish National Gallery)
Sølvgade 48-50
København , DK 1307 Denmark
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