Barnett Newman

6.1.17 - 17.4.17

American Barnett Newman (1905-1970) was one of the preeminent figures the art scene in New York in the 1950s. Here he worked in radical and revolutionary ways with painting along with artists as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

C.L. Davids Fond og Samling supports the Louisiana on Paper series.

Together they broke with the predominant European tradition, and paved the way for entirely new directions in art with so-called Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. Newman believed that contemporary artists must free themselves from all bonds, dive into chaos and wrestle the truth out of emptiness in order to reach a “sublime now”.

As a draughtsman and graphic artist, Newman was also transgressive in his attempts to find expression for fundamental mental and existential conditions. And it is precisely in this format that we could experience Newman in this ‘Louisiana on Paper’ exhibition featuring a selection of 12 drawings and 26 prints. The works were on loan from Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstickkabinett.


Louisiana on Paper is a series dedicated to the presentation of graphic works, drawings and other works on paper. Often small and intimate, these exhibitions call for immersion as they present an opportunity to have a closer look at the creative processes and working methods of artists. The series is supported by the C.L. Davids Fond og Samling and has until now shown works by a.o. Josef Albers, Vija Celmins, Ellsworth Kelly, Joseph Beuys, David Hockney, Picasso and most recently George Condo.