Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings: Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

Rita Kernn-Larsen Self-Portrait (Know Thyself), 1937. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. @Rita Kernn-Larsen, by SIAE 2017

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice presents the exhibition Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings through June 26, 2017. The show inaugurates its “Project Rooms”: two new exhibition rooms at the museum dedicated to focused exhibitions.

Rita Kernn-Larsen (Hillerød, 1904–Copenhagen, 1998) was a prominent Danish Surrealist artist. Peggy Guggenheim met her in Paris in 1937 and invited the artist to exhibit her paintings at Guggenheim Jeune, Peggy’s London gallery, a show that launched Peggy’s career with Surrealist art. This new exhibition brings together exquisite Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen, to this day too little known outside Denmark.

This will be the first important presentation of Kernn-Larsen’s Surrealist period beyond her native Scandinavia since her one-woman exhibition at Guggenheim Jeune. More than half of the paintings selected for the show were also exhibited in Peggy’s 1938 exhibition.

The exhibition brings together Surrealist paintings by Kernn-Larsen from public and private collections in Denmark, including the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, and the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg. Photographs and other ephemeral material related to Kernn-Larsen’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Jeune gallery will also be on display.

A film-interview with Kernn-Larsen recorded on the occasion of her participation in the 1986 Venice Biennale will be on view in the museum’s veranda. Visitors are welcome at daily 3 p.m. free presentations of the exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

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