Impressions of life – 80 years of John Olsen

Impressions of life – 80 years of John Olsen



John Olsen’s art has always been violent, sensuous and confrontational. The exhibition provides an overview of seven decades of art by one of Denmark’s great depicters of nature.

This is an exhibition dealing with the encounter with nature and the great questions of existence, death, birth, the erotic and sensation.

But Impressions of Life is more than an anniversary exhibition. It is also a celebration of the unusual gaze of an unusual artist. In nature everything is new and yet just the same – and that is how it is with John Olsen’s art. Techniques, media and materials have changed drastically through the years, but the artist’s gaze has remained the same. Life surely leaves its impressions in the art of John Olsen.