Art for everyone. Poul Gernes x Stilleben Print Collection: Kærlighed og Kirsebær
"... The colourlessness of our society is incomprehensible, not least in view of the fact that much of what we still - and quite arbitrarily so - treasure the most is brightly coloured, such as the flowers, the butterflies, the sunset..."
Poul Gernes, 1989
Photo: Poul and Aase Gernes. Copyright Asger Sessingøe, with permission from the Gernes Foundation
Kærlighed og Kirsebær
The Sakura tree and bold cherries were originally created as a site specific art installation at Vesthimmerlands Gymnasium. True to Gernes’ democratic views of art, several teachers and students took part in the creation of the ceramic frieze of cherries running along the walls of the communal hall.
Poul Gernes x Stilleben Print Collection
The two new prints in our Print Collection are the result of a unique collaboration between the Gernes Foundation and Stilleben, continuing Gernes' lifelong project of bringing colours and art into everyday life.
In Gernes' own words:
"Why shouldn't our surroundings be as beautiful as possible?"
Poul Gernes, u.å.
Humanism and aesthetics
Danish artist Poul Gernes (1925-96) is known for his ornamental, colourful works and a deeply humanistic approach to art. Along with his wife and partner, Aase Gernes and his team, Gernes created more than 100 works in and around public buildings.
As Bibi Henriksen Saugman of the Gernes Foundation explains: "Gernes had a vision of art living among us regular people - outside museum walls. Spreading sakura trees and cherries in collaboration with Stilleben is aligned with Gernes' own thoughts and ideas.
This project envelopes Stilleben's strong placement in ceramics with details of Gernes' artistic practises and ceramic frieze in Vesthimmerlands Gymnasium."
Art for everyone
Throughout his life Gernes worked towards making art accessible to everyone. To him, it should not carry a hidden message or be dependent on interpretation. Rather it communicates directly with the viewer with no need of explanation.
Gernes' work is a way of implementing art into people's everyday lives and surroundings.