Porten IV, 1977
Gouache on paper, 42 x 60 cm
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Albert Mertz (1920-1990) was an utmost diverse and respected artist who worked with numerous genres – from figurative painting to conceptual art. Mertz already debuted at the age of 13 in 1933 and was admitted to The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in 1936. In the years 1979-1990, he functioned as a professor of painting at the same academy. Mertz was and is recognized for his critical practice, his experimental films and for his long work as a visual artist. He was co-founder of Linien II in 1947, exhibited at Grønningen and Den Frie and he represent- ed Denmark posthumously at the 21st Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, in 1991. Albert Mertz is represented at all large Danish art museums, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo, and in large collections such as Daimler Art Collection, Germany. He received both the Eckersberg Medal (1964) and the Thorvaldsen Medal (1988). The common denominator for Albert Mertz’s artistic practice is the showdown with the traditional concept of art and his unconventional and versatile work methods which have given him a very special spot in Danish Art History. On the occasion of Mertz’s 100th birthday, Sorø Kunstmuseum and Holstebro Kunstmuseum arrange a large solo exhibition opening in the autumn 2020.