Largest exhibition by John Kørner to date exhibited over the summer

The exhibition ’Altid Mange Problemer’ is an unprecedented chance to experience several of John Kørner’s main pieces gathered at one exhibition along with new paintings and site-specific total installations.

As one of the most notable Danish visual artists, John Kørner creates powerful art pieces that reflect current political and social issues. Especially the ‘problem’ has followed him through much of his career, either as a painted motif or physical object.

In the year of John Kørner’s 50th birthday, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the biggest exhibition of his work to date. With a special focus on the societal issues Kørner has been working on over the years, the more than 1000 m2 retrospective exhibition looks at Kørner as a significant renewer of the contemporary painting.

The exhibition Altid Mange Problemer likewise pays attention to his unique ability to express himself beyond the boundaries of the canvas in spatial installations as well as in his approach to the arts as something capable of expressing beauty as well as social engagement.

For the exhibition Altid Mange Problemer, Kørner will create a series of new paintings as well as site-specific and spatial total installations, where both the abstract space and the recognizable motif of the everyday meet. The sense of something familiar and simultaneously strange is consistent when Kørner portrays the issues, emotions, modes and dreams of the modern person.

In addition to the new, extensive installations, the exhibition will, for the first time, gather several Kørner’s most important series of paintings, including Kvinder til salg (Women for sale), War Problems and Outdoor Struggling. The exhibition will be an unprecedented opportunity to experience some of the main works by the artist, gathered at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.

The exhibition has been launched by the curator and Marie Nipper, former chief inspector of ARoS and senior curator at Tate Liverpool in England.

John Kørner (born 1967) has exhibited at numerous museums and exhibition buildings and has carried out several decorating commissions, including the mural Afghanistan to Frederik VIII’s Palace on Amalienborg. In 2000, just two years after completing his education at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, he was awarded the prestigious international award Carnegie Art Award.

In 2012, he received the Danish honorary medal ‘Eckersberg Medaillen’, and in the same year he received the art critics award for the exhibition Women For sale at The Worker’s Museeum. At a national level, Kørner’s works can be found at, among other places, KUNSTEN – Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, ARoS – Aarhus Art Museum, HEART – Herning Art Museum and the National Museum of Art in Copenhagen.


John Kørner: Altid Mange Problemer
June 18 – August 13, 2017
Opening: June 17 at 3pm

The exhibition is supported by:
The Augustinus Foundation Denmark, Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, 15. Juni Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Oticon Fonden, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Knud Højgaards Fond and Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.