“Only by virtue of each other can we live and breathe and no one alone creates” Sonja Ferlov Mancoba.
She was uncompromising, self-critical and lived most of her life in great poverty. But today, her message of community still inspires. In the spring exhibition Sonja Ferlov Mancoba puts the SMK spot on one of the most recent Danish most important artists. Get the whole story of the distinct sculptor and experience her poetic and warrior characters.
The exhibition follows Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911 – 1984) from the mid-1930s, where she was part of the environment around the artist community Linien and came on the trail of surrealism. In 1936 she went to Paris and got a studio next to the now world-famous artist Alberto Giacometti. Ferlov Mancoba created semi-abstract creatures, warrior figures and masks of clay and plaster. But she was extremely self-critical and discarded many works. She even threw one of her important works in a lake in Denmark, because it would not “make right”. She never engaged in the commercial art market – resulting in great poverty. Fought for the community Sonja Ferlov Mancoba had a great interest in especially African cultures. Here she found an art that expressed the cohesion between people she herself fought for. She believed in a community across cultures. And precisely that vision goes like a red
thread through Ferlov Mancoba’s art and life. She sought to create art that in turn could connect people in the materialistic, selfish world she felt she lived in. In the exhibition you can experience 140 works by the artist, including several plaster and clay sculptures that have never been exhibited before. The exhibition Sonja Ferlov Mancoba is organized in collaboration with the internationally renowned museum Center Pompidou, the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
The SMK houses a large number of masterpieces by some of the greatest artists in history. This collection of art comes from the private collections of the Danish monarchs, but belongs today to the Danish people. The collection of Danish and Nordic art is quite exceptional, as is the collection of French art that enjoys universal renown. Families with children can visit the Atelier des Enfants and try the art of painting, brush and glue gun. You can also imitate the masters in the museum drawing room.