Om Et Aar

02.10 – 27.11.2020

Installation view, Jesper Christiansen, Om Et Aar, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, 2020 (photo: Jan Søndergaard)
Installation view, Jesper Christiansen, Om Et Aar, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, 2020 (photo: Jan Søndergaard)

Galerie Mikael Andersen would like to welcome you to the opening of Om Et Aar (In a Year) with new works by Jesper Christiansen, Friday 2 October, 12-7 pm.

Om Et Aar is an investigation into, and an unfolding of, the Odsherred landscape where the artist lives and works day to day. Jesper Christiansen did not start working seriously with landscape painting until 2014 and has since then been preoccupied with the changeable and temporary aspects of nature. The richly detailed landscapes are intertwined with written quotes from world literature and music references, while the motifs are slow and elaborate and require patience and calm from the viewer.

Om Et Aar is the title of Jesper Christiansen’s diary which he started in 2019: a year before his exhibition at Odsherred Art Museum, it was also printed in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. In an excerpt from the text Jesper Christiansen writes of how his large-scale autumnal image, Anatomy of Melancholy, was conceived:

The painting begins to become itself as I call it, i.e. It takes over and decides what I should do the next day. A lot of thoughts and references appear. The cover with the flying leaves on C.V Jørgensen’s LP Indian Summer becomes important. The opening scene from Tarkovsky’s film SOLARIS and the score for Haydns Die Jahrezeiten are studied and incorporated into the painting with chalk. The vineyards in Vig begin to grow on the canvas in the space of a few days and our own grapes out in front of the studio act as a model so they can hang from the vines. The grapes, naturally, become too large: like in Poussin’s painting, as a tribute to Bacchus, the god of wine.

The paintings have been exhibited at Odsherred Art Museum in summer 2020 and will be exhibited at Skovgaard Museum in Viborg and House of Denmark in Paris in 2022.

For more information on the exhibition and for press photographs please contact the gallery on tel. 33 33 05 12 or email: The exhibition ends the 27 November 2020. Daily opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-18, Saturday 11-15.