Henry Heerup - 100 years
Fertile fables & fantasies
Heerup made his debut as a painter as early as 1929. This was followed in quick succession by participation in exhibitions organised by various artist associations, including 'linien', Høst and Cobra. He took part in a total of more than 1000 exhibitions at home and abroad, including several hundred single exhibitions.
Henry Heerup (1907-93) is one of the major artists of the 20th century, primarily because of his originality, whether this was expressed in painting, graphic art and sculpture, or within his own very special self-invented universe of 'junk models', some fine examples of which are included in the exhibition at The Funen Art Museum. The film A year with Heerup (1968) by the Danish artist Jens Jørgen Thorsen will also been shown, along with a selection of the Cobra collection owned by The Funen Art Museum.
The majority of Heerup works at the museum have been bequeathed by the Copenhagen art collector Elise Johansen.