Major international retrospective at The Museum of National History in Denmark opened on 20th March
We are pleased to announce that the exhibition ‘Jonathan Yeo Portraits’ has now opened at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The show is the largest ever exhibition of Jonathan Yeo’s work to date. The exhibition includes several new paintings, including the first commissioned portrait of the former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, alongside many of the best-known works from his 25 year career, and is the first retrospective by a British artist at the Museum.
The portrait of the former Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, which was officially commissioned by the Museum in 2015 to mark the end of her time in office, will be on display in the exhibition until the show’s closure whereon it will join the Museum’s permanent collection of former Danish Prime Ministers and other important personalities who have shaped Denmark over the past 500 years. The timing of this commission coincided with the hundred-year anniversary of the right for women to vote in Denmark, adding further pertinence to the portrait.
Jonathan Yeo comments on the painting:
“The portrait of Helle Thorning-Schmidt employs devices shared by both historical and contemporary approaches. The exaggerated grey male politicians behind her shoulders and a medieval quote above her head, with it’s use of masculine noun ‘men’ to apply to both men and women, identify her historical importance as the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. Even though it represents an actual background in the Danish parliament, by sharing the frame with other human presence, the painting is more reminiscent of the way we deliberately identify or obscure other faces in our shared digital images.”
The Director of the Museum, Mette Skougaard, remarked; "There are countless fascinating aspects of Jonathan Yeo’s works. It is this that has led him to become a pivotal force in the revitalisation of figurative art in general and in the art of portraiture in particular. It is with great pleasure that The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg shows this comprehensive retrospective exhibition during the spring and summer of 2016. The museum is Denmark’s national portrait gallery, and the exhibition will provide our Danish and international visitors with a unique opportunity to become better acquainted with one of today’s greatest artists within the genre."
The show includes a specially commissioned film about the making of the exhibition and a stunning new monograph, titled ‘In The Flesh’, will be published by the museum to coincide with the opening.
‘Jonathan Yeo Portraits’ is being exhibited at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle north of Copenhagen, from 20 March until 30 June.