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ANETTE HARBOE FLENSBURG. THE TREES EXIST

29 JUNE – 26 SEPTEMBER 2021


Notice: The Nivaagaard Collection is offering a discounted entrance fee up to 26 September: DKK 60 (normal price DKK 90). From Tuesdays to Fridays between the hours 16:00 – 20:00, entrance tickets are half the normal price. This is due to the museum being in the process of a major climate renovation until October 2021, and two of our exhibition halls will be closed during this time. The museum’s collection will be inaccessible during this period. However, the special exhibition Anette Harboe Flensburg. Træerne findes (The Trees Exist) will be open to visitors in two of our newly renovated halls. 

On the occasion of Anette Harboe Flensburg’s 60th birthday in 2021, the Nivaagaard Collection presents an exhibition entitled The Trees Exist. Experience the artist’s latest paintings together with a carefully curated selection of works from the past 30 years, over which Anette Harboe Flensburg has distinguished herself as one of the most talented and renowned painters of our time. The exhibition is the first to be held in our newly renovated Søjlesal Hall and the adjacent hall with its new skylights

The Trees Exist places its focus on nature, which has always been present in her work – but now more directly than before. In her latest paintings, Anette Harboe Flensburg steps entirely outside of the space which, over the course of her long artistic career, has always been her preferred subject. All the way out into the trees. The exhibition reveals new motifs and tropes from the rigorous and silent painter we thought we knew so well.

Interior – with a world outside
Anette Harboe Flensburg is know for her interior paintings which are based upon dollhouse models that she creates in her atelier. Inside these models, plates form the walls, holes act as windows and doors, and pieces of plexiglass create colourful light effects inside the rooms. Time also plays a role as it is only once the set-up and the lighting conditions are optimal that she photographs each model. This photograph then forms the basis for her subsequent work on the painting.

Anette Harboe Flensburg’s interior scenes have often inspired comparisons with artists such as the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer (1632–75) and Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916), both masters at depicting the play of light in rooms devoid of people.

In Anette Harboe Flensburg’s case, the contours of a natural world outside can often be glimpsed in the shadows, windows and doorways of the rooms. Trees and nature have always been present in her oeuvre, but they take on a much more prominent role in her latest works.

A catalogue also entitled Træerne Findes (The Trees Exist) is being published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring texts by Jeppe Priess Gersbøll, curator of the Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde (DK) and art critic and author Mai Misfeldt. The articles cast fresh light on the work of Anette Harboe Flensburg and on her artistic process.

The exhibition and the catalogue have been created in collaboration with the Skovgaard Museum in Viborg and the Johannes Larsen Museum in Kerteminde.

THANKS TO: THE AAGE AND JOHANNE LOUIS-HANSEN FOUNDATION, THE AUGUSTINUS FOUNDATION, THE OBELSKE FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE KNUD HØJGAARD FOUNDATION, THE NEW CARLSBERG FOUNDATION AND THE DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION.


About the artist

Anette Harboe Flensburg (1961) graduated from Design School Kolding (DK) in 1985. She has participated in a wide stretch of exhibitions and created a number of public artworks at Johan Borup College, Uggeløse Church, the Patient Hotel at the Rigshospitalet hospital in Copenhagen and the Danish Supreme Court, among others. She has displayed her work at galleries and museums such as the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, La Maison du Danemark in Paris, Brandts in Odense, Bergen Kunsthall, GI Strand in Copenhagen, the Art Museums of Skagen and more. She has also received a number of awards including the Eckersberg Medal in 2017 and a New Carlsberg Foundation Art Award in 2018.


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