VEISTRUP’S SELECTION – A collector turns 80
25th Feb. – 27th Aug. 2017
One of Denmark’s most original, dedicated and generous art collectors, Erik Veistrup, turns 80 this year. On this occasion Veistrup has selected a number of ceramics whom he has followed closely. In some cases for the 60 years, where he impassioned has been on a constant hunt for new ceramic trophies. For Veistrup, it is neither style, school, fame nor name that guides his choice but a fine ‘nose’ for the artistic, ceramic qualities and great confidence in his own taste.
The exhibition is a selection of the 1960s and 70s tone setting studio ceramics, the 90s experimenting expression and contemporary humoristic narrative and provocative critical works. The selected artists are Alev Siesbye, Bente Hansen, Gertrud Vasegaard, Morten Løbner Espersen, Bente Skjøttgaard, Per Ahlmann, Bjørn Nørgaard and Louise Hindsgavl. They reflect many of the qualities, which Veistrup after 60 years craze for collection still seeks in the ceramics – the sensuous, poetical, processual, sculptural and provocative.
Veistrup has a passion for ‘edgy’ works – where form, material, motif or the artistic language is challenged. In the “fractures” of the works the new occurs and the artistic development takes off – fertilizing the dialog and reflection. Whether the ceramist creates art or the artist ceramics is according to Veistrup not decisive. After all, it is the purely sensuous expression that matters. Norms and generalization have the opposite effect on Veistrup since there are no rules in the arts but to open your heart and to see, see and see.