Man Ray

Man Ray: Ingres’ Violin, 1924
Black and white photographic print
30 x 24 cm
Photo by Gianni Ummarino
Courtesy Fondazione Marconi
© Man Ray Trust/ Adagp, Paris 2013/

Man Ray is among the most important artists of the 20th century. As one of the Surrealists in the Paris of the 1920s, he extended the boundaries of what a work of art can be. For the first time in 40 years, a Danish public can experience his fantastic universe when Øregaard Museum and Gl Holtegaard this autumn present two large-scale exhibitions featuring this influential artist.
Man Ray (1890-1976) is best-known as one of the great photographers of the 20th century and is seen today as being an epoch-making innovator of photography. In actual fact, he started his career as a painter and subsequently flung himself with an inquiring mind into all media that came his way – collage, sculpture, photography and film. Irrespective of whether he was painting, photographing or making sculptures of everyday objects, the most important thing for him was to explore the potential of the medium. And to find the best possible way of giving an idea form. As he himself said: ‘l paint what cannot be photographed, and l photograph what l do not wish to paint.’ Together with such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, Man Ray changed art and its context for ever. A number of his works remain today as monuments of the insistence of modern art on the new, the different and the ever-changing.

One artist – two exhibitions
The autumn exhibitions on Man Ray at Øregaard Museum and Gl Holtegaard are a joint venture featuring a highly important artist. The exhibitions complement each other, and can be seen independently or as an extension of each other. Øregaard Museum presents Man Ray in all his complexity, with drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, films and objects, providing an insight into how he thought and worked. Gl Holtegaard displays the iconic works of the photographer and film-maker Man Ray, the emphasis being on his photographs of the women he lived with, the well-known portraits of the great artists of the time, but also his lesser known career as a fashion photographer. Together, the exhibitions paint a balanced picture of an artist who was not just an epoch-making photographer but who also revolutionised the very idea of what a work of art can be.

The exhibitions can be experienced until December 15th 2013 at Gl. Holtegaard and at Øregaard Museum till January 26th 2014.

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