The exhibition is the first retrospective presentation of Kjærholms work both as a furniture designer and as an exhibition architect, and should be viewed as a continuation of the series of Louisiana exhibitions of great Danish architects Arne Jacobsen in 2001, Jørn Utzon in 2004.
The exhibition Poul Kjærholm at Louisiana will be a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of one of the most beautiful and seductive design oeuvres of the twentieth century. It is organized in tableaux which highlight Kjærholms most important and enduring designs and give us a panoramic overview of his output by exploring and elucidating the sources of inspiration and the tendencies in his artistic development and working process that Kjærholm was able to combine in his unique oeuvre.
The exhibition will show examples
ranging from his early experiments in laminated wood and
aluminium to his masterworks in steel and leather, up to his most recent
works, where he returned to the woodwork of
his younger days. All his furniture designs, rare prototypes and
models from private collections, and a wide selection of photos, original
sketches and drawings will be presented.
Between forty and fifty years after
their creation the works remain among the most coveted and
admired furniture on the market. Many of them have achieved iconic status,
and to this day several of them are made and
sold by the Danish firm Fritz
The exhibition has been mounted as
a collaboration between Louisiana and the American architect
and expert on Nordic architecture Michael Sheridan, and realized with
financial support from Margot & Thorvald
Dreyers Fond, Statens Kunstfond and Fritz Hansen A/S.