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Dea Trier Mørch: Winther's Child. 1976 ©Dea Trier Mørch / VISDA 2020 Dea Trier Mørch: Winther's Child. 1976 ©Dea Trier Mørch / VISDA 2020

Until Okt 27, 2019 Dea Trier Mørch - Into the World

The exhibition sheds new light on this prominent, committed and political artist, whose simple and present depictions particularly influenced the 1970s Denmark.

Dea Trier Mørch – Into the World
presents one of the pioneers of feminist art in Denmark. Dea Trier Mørch (1941-2001) gained widespread popular recognition for her writing and as part of the artists’ collective Røde Mor (Red Mother). In both the written work and Røde Mor her graphic production played a major role, but despite this her visual art has rarely been shown in its own right. 
 
The exhibition shows a succession of works from the artist’s own archives, lent out by the family, which have rarely been exhibited before. The focus is on Dea Trier Mørch’s graphic production from the years 1967-77, which played 
a major role in her artistic activity. Her works range motivically from intimate depictions of childbirth and everyday life – with a body activist and feminist approach – to geopolitical issues such as political prisoners and freedom fighters. 
 
In her graphic work Dea Trier Mørch shows herself as a humanist and social realist with the human portrait at the centre: the newborn baby, the new father, the elderly person, the worker, the cleaning woman at the hospital, the young soldier. At this distance from her own time it is the humanist character of the oeuvre, a faith in the value and legitimacy of the individual human being, which becomes evident. The link between intimate life and major political currents is part of an overall project with the aim of getting art out into life and into the world.

BIOGRAPHY - DEA TRIER MØRCH
• Born 1941 in Copenhagen, died 2001
• 1958-64: Studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen
• 1964-67: Studies at the academies of art in Prague, Cracow, Saint Petersburg, Belgrade and Warsaw
• 1968: Returns to Denmark and makes her debut with the travel work Sorgmunter Socialisme (Bittersweet Socialism) with text and pictures from the Soviet Union
• 1969-1977: Co-founder of the artists’ collective Røde Mor (Red Mother), which combines visual art, rock music and theatre. Dea Trier Mørch created the now iconic logo
• 1976: Makes her popular breakthrough with the novel Vinterbørn (Winter’s Children), 
which follows 18 women in the maternity ward of the Copenhagen University Hospital. The next year she is awarded the Golden Laurels for the novel.
• 1977-1979: Married to the musician Troels Trier, with whom she’d had three children. Over the subsequent years she publishes a number of novels and moves increasingly towards her authorship and away from visual art.
 
The exhibition is organized by LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, in collaboration with Holstebro Kunstmuseum.
It will later be shown at KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, BRANDTS in Odense and Kunsthall Trondheim.
 
Dea Trier Mørch – Into the World is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with an introductory text by the exhibition’s curator Marie Laurberg, LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art.

 

 
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