Michael Kvium
Circus Europa

Feb. 8, 2018 – May 6, 2018
Michael Kvium, Stand Up Comedy, 2016. Photo: Anders Sune Berg
The Danish artist Michael Kvium is known for the figurative visual language he uses to convey existentialist themes. In this exhibition Kvium takes the circus as a metaphor for our time to portray a world of entertainment where even the most serious news is characterized by sensationalism and drama.

With sharp irony and a coarse sense of humour, Kvium uncovers the absurdities of our society. The exhibition mainly focuses on issues such as tourism, entertainment, news, the refugee crisis, war and climate. He depicts the political stage and our everyday lives as one big circus act. His paintings are inhabited by tragicomic circus performers who entertain the viewer with their ignorant and morbid tricks. This enables Kvium to draw us into the circus ring, into the midst of lunacy and madness. The exhibition will present a wide array of new works, including paintings, films, sculptures and installations. This is the first exhibition in the Netherlands to show a comprehensive selection of works by Michael Kvium.


Michael Kvium, Illusion, 2016. Foto Anders Sune Berg.jpg
Michael Kvium, Illusion, 2016. Foto: Anders Sune Berg
Michael Kvium i atelieret, 2016. Foto Ken Hermann.jpg
Michael Kvium in atelier, 2016. Foto: Ken Hermann