Paul Gauguin. Why Are You Angry?

Special Exhibitions /18.09.2020 - 28.02.2021

May the day come – and perhaps soon – when I can flee to the woods on a South Sea island, and live there in ecstasy, in peace and for art. Paul Gauguin to his wife Mette Gad in 1890

The Glyptotek has one of the best collections in the world of works by the French painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). In September 2020 the museum opens a major exhibition based on its own collection, together with works from international museums and art institutions. The exhibition presents the collection in a new light by combining international contemporary art, historical paintings, and a contemporary take on the myths surrounding one of French art’s most iconic artists.

The myth of Gauguin as the ‘savage’ who in 1891 leaves Paris, his wife, and five children on a spiritual and artistic quest in French Polynesia is one of art history’s most famous and often told stories. The Glyptotek’s Paul Gauguin exhibition offer new readings of this narrative, inviting us to reflect on Gauguin’s oeuvre and influence on the world today, when the global agenda is being transformed, not least when it comes to contemporary voices on the international art scene. For the first time the Gylptotek presents the museum’s Gauguin collection in a perspective critical of the French colonization of Polynesia and Gauguins position in regards to this by including leading contemporary artists whose works provide new and alternative understandings of Gauguin’s legacy today. Among them is the interdisciplinary Samoan artist Yuki Kihara, who has just been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2021.


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Enjoy a delicious lunch at "Picnic" overlooking the Glyptotek's beautiful Winter Garden.

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