Behncke - Heerup - Hildebrandt

In close collaboration, the Vendsyssel Museum of Art in Hjørring and the Heerup Museum in Rødovre focus sharply on three leading artists: Søren Behncke (b. 1967), Henry Heerup (1907-1993) and Kristian Hildebrandt (1924-2011).

The compilation of the three artists Behncke, Heerup & Hildebrandt, is rooted in a sincere curiosity about their use of garbage as material. With garbage, we understand things that have been used and since discarded.

The three artists have in their own way related to contemporary “use and discard” culture. Hildebrandt thus combined broken watches, coins and nails with nature such as amber and tree roots. Heerup was inspired by everyday objects such as lampshades, bicycle parts, coffee pots, and a gramophone funnel and nailed it all into three-dimensional
constructions, while Behncke has been particularly occupied with cardboard as an expression of the modern consumer mentality; the wrapping of consumer goods as flat-screen TVs shipped around the world. Many will know Behncke for the large three-dimensional cardboard works created under the synonym Papfar (Cardboard Dad).

As a contemporary artist, Søren Behncke brings up the topic of garbage art to this day. With works created specifically for the exhibition, Behncke shows the timelessness of
garbage – or perhaps we should rather say the garbage’s at any time time-bound timelessness. As curator and artist at the exhibition, Behncke has, among other things,
created three tableaux that present the artist’s material and process, so that the artist as a person is involved. Not as a special type, but as the creative subject. It is all about the artist’s choice of material and the way in which the material is composed and processed. As a viewer, we step into the midst of the artist’s process and are guided from work to material and back. With his large painting Behncke adds another simultaneous layer and, through the simplification and change of the painting, points to the complexity of the meaning-formation of garbage art.

The project is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, and Knud Højgaards Fond.

The exhibition will be shown 5 June - 20 September 2020

Behncke - Heerup - Hildebrandt