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Keld Helmer-Petersen

Finding Beauty – photographs by Keld Helmer-Petersen

| Det Kgl. Bibliotek / Den Sorte Diamant Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
Copenhagen K, 1221 Danmark

13. June 2019 - 10. January 2020

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‘The best photographer you’ve never heard of,’ wrote the British magazine Creative Review about Keld Helmer-Petersen in 2007. He was the first Dane that worked serious with the camera as an artistic tool to create photographs that were to be admired for their aesthetics: for their graphic qualities, lines, forms and colours. He translated his observations of the modern world into striking, innovative images. When he at just 28 years of age published the ground-breaking book 122 Colour Photographs (1948) it was noticed around the world, and the influential American Life Magazine printed several of his striking colour photographs.

Finding Beauty is the first major retrospective exhibition of Held Helmer-Petersen’s work since 1990. It is based on research, originating from a PhD thesis on the art photographer, and it has been realised in a close cooperation with his heirs. With Helmer-Petersen’s extensive archive as its point of departure – transferred to Royal Library in 2013 – key main works are introduced as well as specimen copies, diapositives, contact prints, drawings, collages, preparatory studies and films that have not previously been shown. The exhibition thus offers a new perspective on Helmer-Petersen’s work, illustrating his working process and history for the first time.

Keld Helmer-Petersen is represented in collection both in Denmark and internationally at such museums as Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Folkvang (Essen), Brandts (Odense), Danish Arts Foundation and a series of his works decorates the train station at Copenhagen Airport.

Vernissage: Thusday June 13, 17.0o. Free, but registration is necessary and can be done at: densortediamant.dk

Opening hours in the period:

Monday-Friday, 10.00-19.00
Saturday, 10.00-18.00