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Martin Asbæk Gallery was founded in 2005 by Martin Asbæk and is an international gallery with a strong representation from the Nordics.

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The gallery's programme focuses on contemporary and established artists who have an impressive history of exhibitions and collections and whose works are represented in both institutional and major private collections. Painting, photography, drawing and sculpture as well as installation, performance, video and conceptual art are shown in about twelve exhibitions per year.

Featured artists

Mille Kalsmose

Mille Kalsmose’s work spans from images to sculptural pieces and installation works. For decades her work has suggested themselves as mental survival kits, introducing new ways of exploring and understanding human existence and togetherness. The works embodies family constellations or, most importantly, the relationships between the individual and the world.

Mille Kalsmose’s work gives shape and materializes what is invisible to the eye – this is a driving force and an indispensable desire throughout the work. Combining autobiography with neuroscience, personal experiences with social inquiry, Mille Kalsmose creates artworks that resonate on a multitude of levels. She has worked with a wide range of materials and explores the architecture of memory, identity, psychological mechanisms, and spiritual life conceptions, thus creating a union of the unconfined in highly tactile manifestations.

Kalsmose holds a MA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has studied at the Bio Art Lab at SVA, School of Visual Arts, in New York. Her work has been exhibited at ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum; at MAVI, Museum of Visual Arts, Satiago, Chile, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA; CCA, Center of Contemporary Art, Andratx, Spain; La Virreina, Centre de Imagen, Barcelona, Cataluña; ITAMI Museum, Hygo, Japan; and Fundacion Valentin de Madarigada, Andalusia, Spain, Horsens Art Museum; Gether Contemporary; Den Frie Exhibition Center; Kastrupgaard Collection, and others. Her work is collected in several private and public institutions.

Mille Kalsmose, artist in her studio. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Mille Kalsmose, 'Collected Memory R1' (2021).Brass, chinese and japanese double woven paper dyed in cherry juice and red pigment. 145 x 145 x 9 cm. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Mille Kalsmose, 'Collected Memory B2' (2023). Brass, chinese and japanese double woven paper dyed in  pigment. 145 x 100 x 9 cm. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Mille Kalsmose, artist in her studio. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Kasper Eistrup

Kasper Eistrup is a Danish visual artist, working primarily with painting and drawing as well as installation art. Eistrup’s work largely adheres to a formula that delicately counterposes elements of order and chaos. Each work consists of different methods and materials as well as fields of separate and distinct visual expressions, that ranges from meticulous depictions of people or objects to pure, emotional abstraction.

In his drawings, the paper is often left partially exposed and stands as an independent expression, through which different structures, textures and shades of color add a deeply aesthetic and characterful dimension to his work. Similarly, the sound and light of Eistrup’s installation work evokes a sense of solemnity, while underlining Eistrup’s anachronistic attitude to his visual repertoire. Hence, these components deliberately interact with each other, not as a linear progression, but rather like a rhizomatic entity.

In 2018, Kasper Eistrup was commissioned to paint a portrait of HRH The Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, which was revealed at the opening of the artist’s solo exhibition Fragmentarium at The National Portrait Gallery at Frederiksborg Castle. Since then, notable solo exhibitions include Kastrupgaardsamlingen in Denmark and his upcoming solo exhibition at The Richard Haizmann Museum, Germany (2024).

Kasper Eistrup, Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Kasper Eistrup, 'The Magma beneath the crust of trust', (2023). Color pencil, mold, dirt, gouache, and oil on vintage paper and cardboard, 65 x 51 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Asbæk Gallery.

Kasper Eistrup, 'The Letting Go Go', (2023). Oil stick, oil, mold, plaster cast, house paint, pencil, 160 x 200 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Asbæk Gallery.

Kasper Eistrup, Portait of the artist. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Adam Jeppesen

Adam Jeppesen, born 1978 in Kalundborg, Denmark, lives and works in Uruguay. Centered around the concept of time, Jeppesen allegorically explores the cross-cultural challenges that we face in
the 21st century, including the rapid development of new technologies and spiritual depletion.

This is both expressed in his photographic works, where time leaves visible traces in the material, and in his large-scale installations, where the impermanence of both life and all matter is uncovered. These are grand and universal themes that have been shaped by both scientific, philosophical, and spiritual narratives. The works by Adam Jeppesen are beyond our traditional understanding of space and time, but they still serve as validation for certain moments and events, thus presenting as an enigmatic depiction of reality, where the aesthetic value of the imperfect elements is in focus, and where the works lie somewhere between perfection and imperfection, between creation and destruction.

Adam Jeppesen first gained international recognition with his Wake-series, which was published in 2008 by Steidl as a book. In 2009, Jeppesen was nominated for both the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the KLM Paul Huf Award. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is present in the collection at the Denver Art Museum (USA), the Danish Arts Foundation, the National Public Art Council in Sweden, the National Museum of Photography in
Denmark, as well as in numerous private collections. Adam Jeppesen lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Kasper Eistrup, Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Kasper Eistrup, Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Adam Jeppesen, 'Work no. 147, 2023'. Cyanotype on linen, 188 x 135 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Asbæk Gallery

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