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Mogens Ballin: ’Breton boy’, 1891 or 1892. The Hirschsprung Collection

MOGENS BALLIN. Radical forms

Corner display

21 April - 11 July 2021

How do you reinvent art? Danish artist Mogens Ballin (1871–1914) was keenly interested in that question. At the age of eighteen, he set out for Paris in 1889. Here he became friends with several members of the artist group Les Nabis, ‘the Prophets’. They took a radical approach to art, seeking for a new spirituality, inspired partly by the painter and mystic Paul Gauguin.

In 2020, the Hirschsprung Collection acquired two remarkable works of art by Mogens Ballin. They are on display in this exhibition, which tells of Ballin’s artistic search for new and radical forms. A quest that led him through a religious crisis and to a new calling as a designer.

Mogens Ballin: 'Bretonsk dreng', 1891 eller 1892. Den Hirschsprungske Samling
Mogens Ballin: ’Bretonsk pige’, 1894. Den Hirschsprungske Samling
Mogens Ballin (1871-1914)

Corner displays

Corner Displays are small, intimate exhibitions presented in a corner of the museum. Each Display focuses on a particular corner of the collection, highlighting masterpieces from the collection, hidden gems and oddities.