Pierre Bonnard. The Colour of Memory

Special Exhibitions /07.06 - 22.09.2019

In June 2019 the Glyptotek opens its doors to the exhibition Pierre Bonnard. The Colour of Memory. This will be the first time in more than 25 years that it will be possible to experience a special exhibition in Denmark of the French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947).

Bonnard is among French art’s very greatest masters and innovators in the use of colour and composition.  The exhibition will be an unparalleled opportunity for new generations to get to know Bonnard, and for those who thought they knew him, a chance to renew the acquaintance.

The more than 80 works in the exhibition will range from the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries when Bonnard intensifies his work with colour. The exhibition will present the development in his oeuvre over the five decades up to his death in 1947.  During the period Bonnard develops his original use of colour in the constructions of landscapes and everyday scenes which he paints from his memories, often with his wife Marthe as his favourite model.

With his masterpiece The Dining Room from around 1925 as the central work, Bonnard is well represented in the Glyptotek’s own collection. The painting depicts Marthe in their home in Southern France, and it will, together with other Bonnard works from the museum’s own collection, feature in this large-scale context with loans from prominent international museums and private collections.

The later part of Bonnard’s oeuvre, which is probably less known, will be presented in the exhibition thus showing Bonnard’s connection with both 19th century Impressionism and 20th century Modernism.

The exhibition is being realised in close collaboration with Tate Modern in London and Kunstforum Wien.