Hans Christian Andersen
20 Oct 2018 - 24 Feb 2019 Kunsthalle Bremen
Fairy tales such as The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermais made Hans Christian Andersen famous during his lifetime. In contrast, the subtle and surprisingly modern works on paper that the prominent Danish writer gave exclusively to his friends, but never made public, are almost completely unknown. They range from radical, abstract Italian landscapes to grotesque silhouettes and adventurous drawings, relatively unknown in the nineteenth century.
With the enchanting and bizarre paper world of Hans Christian Andersen, the Kunsthalle Bremen is presenting the surprising “other side of Andersen”, an artistic discovery that also left a trail for pop art icon Andy Warhol to ollow. He captured Andersen and his cut illustrious contribution to the prolific Andersen reception in the 1980s that continues to the present day.