Ovartaci & the Art of Madness
This exhibition for the first time ever presents a significant overview of the life’s work created by the unique artist Ovartaci outside the psychiatric hospital in Risskov, where the artist was a patient for 56 years.
The exhibition offers additional perspectives on Ovartacis fantastical universe by showcasing several contemporary artists whose themes or for- mal modes of expression reflect Ovartacis art.
Thus, the exhibition unfolds the madness, the desire and – importantly – the political perspectives that emanate from Ovartacis work.
Contemporary artists add perspective to the themes of madness, psychiatry, spirituality and the body in the exhibition, which includes works by Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Maria Meinild, Angela Melitopoulos, Jota Mombaça, Pettersen & Hein, Lea Porsager and Paul Thek. A kindergarten in Copenhagen, decorated by artists like Asger Jorn, Henry Heerup and Constant, is also included.
The exhibition is arranged in collaboration with Museum Ovartaci and curated by Mathias Kryger. It is suppported by The Augustinus Foundation, the C.A.C. Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, The New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond and the Danish Arts Foundation.