Gauguin & Polynesia - An elusive paradise

This year’s major exhibition at the Glyptotek where visitors can experience Paul Gauguin’s masterpieces side by side with the ”primitive” art of Polynesia.

This autumn the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek will show more than 50 of the artist’s masterpieces with motifs from Tahiti – many of them being exhibited in Denmark for the first time. In addition, the Glyptotek will present around 60 artifacts of Polynesian culture, which inspired him: cult statues, weapons, jewellery (some of it made from human hair and bones) as well as tattoos.

”Gauguin & Polynesia” pursues the artist’s idea of the primitive, from his time in Copenhagen and Brittany on to the Tahiti period, which has made him famous.

Oviri – the Wild Man

Gauguin often referred to himself as ‘Oviri’ – the wild man. He invented and refined his own form of ”primitive” art, equal parts abstraction and observation of the natural world. The exhibition displays his intense quest for an artistic method of making statements about the human being, the erotic and the mysteries of life.

An icon for the future

Posterity has shown enormous interest in Gauguin’s art, his personality and his life. His pictures from Tahiti are today icons of the meeting of European art with alien cultures, and he inspired such painters as Picasso and Matisse. With Gauguin art becomes seriously modern.

The exhibition has been realised in collaboration between the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Seattle Art Museum and Art Centre Basel.  

The exhibition has been realised with support from A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til Almene Formaal and FERRING Pharmaceuticals.

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The exhibition catalogue was financed by OAK Foundation Danmark.

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The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has cooperated on the presentation of the exhibition with the French Embassy in Copenhagen.