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Erró (Gudmundur Gudmundson): No title. (Venus and Space Shuttel). 1980. Privat ownership. Photo: Ole Mortensen Erró (Gudmundur Gudmundson): No title. (Venus and Space Shuttel). 1980. Privat ownership. Photo: Ole Mortensen

September 20 - November 23, 2014 MY TREASURE - ART IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

A pleasure walk from Cobra to contemporary art featuring more than 125 works of art from private homes in Holstebro.

The exhibition shows art of so called recognized artist from the period from 1930 till today. The selection is defined by what the Art Museum in over 10 years has learned about private own art in Holstebro. The lenders have wished to be anonymous. And not all owners are collectors strictly speaking. So the museum has mixed the cards, so that the exhibition shows those mainlines in Danish art, which has interested the many art buyers, and enjoys them in their daily life. Not surprisingly paintings are very popular, and this also dominates the exhibition.  
The artist from the well-known Cobra-group has been very popular in Holstebro, and is represented in many homes. Maybe not so surprising because this kind of art is both richly colored and appeal to the imagination. Furthermore the happy owners have grown up with Cobra as the art which was innovative and challenging. It is artists as Ejler Bille, Henry Heerup, Asger Jorn, Egill Jacobsen and Carl-Henning Pedersen. The art buyers in Holstebro have not only been interested in the Danish Cobra artists. The exhibition shows also paintings by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Corneille, Jean Deyrolle and Anton Roosken   
The abstract so called gestic painting – an offshoot of the Cobra movement – is represented by Jens Jørgen Thorsen, born and raised in Holstebro, and Jens Birkemose. Concrete, abstract art though is surprisingly not very well represented. 
Figurative art in all its aspects from imaginative over pop art till surrealistic influenced art is prevailing by the art buyers. As the daydreaming Wiliam Skotte Olsen, who has made an impression on many with his colorful expression and painted faces. The same has the surrealistic undertone in the works of artist as Arne Haugen Sørensen, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Poul Anker Bech, where the surreal and the realism melt together. A fine example on pop art is the internationally recognized Icelander Erró. 
It has been very surprisingly in Holstebro to find a number of artists with relations to international schools of art as Nouveaux Realists, Neo-dada and Fluxus, all situated in the 1960 and 1970. They all are characterized by an unorthodox use of materials and an ironic-humorous attitude. Artists as Erik Dietman, Raymond Haines, Al Hansen, Ray Johnson and Daniel Spoerri, who without doubt also today would attract attention with their art practice. 
Talking about art from the latest decades, then the so called ‘Neue Wilden’, who entered the Danish art scene in the 1980, has caused a great deal of interest among the collectors in Holstebro. Without doubt because of their strong expression and because they are working figurative with motifs from the city, the art history and the consumer culture. It is artists as Erik A. Frandsen, Berit Jensen, Michael Kvium, Christian Lemmerz and Lars Nørgård. Also many quite young artists has found their way to the walls in private homes in Holstebro such as the painters Kaspar Bonnén, René Holm og Frodo Mikkelsen but also concept inspired artist as Troels Carlsen, Danh Vo og Graham Dolphin.
All in the exhibition draws a picture of a city which citizens have a passionate relationship to art. 
‘MY TREASURE – art in private collections’ is one part of an exhibition cooperating between the Holstebro Art museum and the Holstebro Museum of Cultural history. The theme is those treasures and collections, which ordinary citizens in Holstebro have collected. The title of the exhibition in Holstebro Museum is ‘MY TREASURE – a passion for collecting’, and the museum has made contact to collectors who has build up a wide variety of collections witch spreads from foxgloves and old kitchen tools too model cars to more strange collections as for example a collection of hole punches.