John Kørner - Caught

HEART76885Foto: Gunnar Merrild

04.05.13 - 20.10.13

HEART has been following the career of Kørner closely since making his first museum exhibition The Greenland Problem in 2004. Since then, John Kørner has gained critical success both nationally and internationally. It is therefore with great pride that HEART presents Caught, an exhibition that will highlight and investigate central themes in the artist's career so far.

The exhibition, titled Caught, is part of HEART's Future Programme, which has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Obel Family Foundation. 


Predominant among Kørner's themes, is the concept of problems that intersect all aspects of Kørner's art. Kørner has worked with a line of different problems for example, the Danish war effort. Galvanizing the artist to proclaim that he would paint a picture for each Danish soldier who fell in Afghanistan. Similarly, the artist has focused on Greenland, the woman as a global figure, sex trade, the performative and lately the changing character of the Friesland area.

With exuberant childish colours, the Danish artist paints heavy, urgent problems with light strokes in order to address the major challenges that concern us all. Now he puts the art behind bars to isolate a new problem.

While Caught incorporates works from all parts of Kørner's career, it also explores an overarching theme of imprisonment, which has interested the artist for some time. In order to delve into this new problematic, the artist makes full use of central works in his oeuvre, as well as new ones produced specifically for Caught. A central element in the exhibition will be a life-size prison cell that the artist has designed for HEART and which will serve as a platform for a deeper engagement with Kørner's body of work.


HEART76985Foto: Gunnar Merrild

HEART is also pleased to present a new film about John Kørner: "I'M TALKING TO YOU" as part of the exhibition. The film, produced by Jørgen Leth and SF Film Productions, will premiere at HEART 4 May in conjunction with the private view of Kørner's exhibition Caught.

The film will be screened in the museum cinema for the duration of the exhibition.



Knud Højgaard Foundation
In collaboration with the SF Film Production


Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
FC System
Night Life Event


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