Either or. Fleeting moments in the SMK

Rodin valued his drawing drive as a central trope to his art. "It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work."  Like visual notes meant to capture human life, human energy, his drawings are infused with desire and transgressive elements flowing onto the paper. Apparently Louise Bougeois was constantly deprecating her drawings. She described her diaristic approach to drawing as "just a little help." She denied to the fleeting act of drawing the "power of exorcism" that she could look for and find into sculpture. Like a fragile handwriting they seem to retain au fil de l'eau her daily stream of consciousness. They are all the more precious because they enclose transient states of mood and obsessions as if they were shorthand notes for the Living.

I can't really understand it but I can feel it. There is always a phantom that prowls around when you are engaging with writing whatever the level you are involved in. For me he/she is now taking the form of collage and reminiscence, something hidden like a pearl in an oyster. Something like a shadow or a fall. Something that is.


Statens Museum for Kunst

Sølvgade 48-50

København K

22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

Title. Kierkegaard Shadow

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