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Poul Kjærholm
Furniture Architect

31 March – 5 August 2007

Private view Friday 30 March 2007 at 15 o’clock.

For a long time Vendsyssel Museum of Art has looked forward to presenting the production of Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980) in Hjørring where he grew up and was trained as a cabinetmaker. Vendsyssel Museum of Art already has a considerable collection of his furniture and is very proud to be able to co-operate with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on the preparation of this big exhibition on one of the most important figures in the design of the 20th century.

Poul Kjærholm was trained as a cabinetmaker in Hjørring and among his masters were the Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner and his countryman, the architect Jørn Utzon. Subsequently Poul Kjærholm was inspired by the new industrial materials used by the American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the German architect Mies van der Rohe. Poul Kjærholm was constantly in the crossroads between aesthetic deliberations and the possibilities of the industrial technology which he combined with geometrical abstraction and ergonomical form in a timeless, exclusive and unique design.

The exhibition shows examples from Poul Kjærholm’s early experiments with laminated wood and aluminium to his masterpieces in steel and leather – and to his latest works where he returned to wood. All furniture designs, rare prototypes and models from private collections as well as a large number of photos, sketches and drawing are presented at the exhibition.

The Poul Kjærholm exhibition is supported by the Margot and Thorvald Dreyer
Foundation, the Beckett Foundation, the Toyota Foundation, the Felix Foundation and the BG Foundation, and it is organized in co-operation with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

For further information please contact the museums curator Lise Mortensen who has organized the exhibition at Vendsyssel Museum of Art at or (+45) 98 96 43 24.

Kind regards,
Vendsyssel Museum of Art

Director Marianne Ilkjær

Poul Kjærholm (1929-180)