Kirsten Justesen

© Kirsten Justesen LUNCH for a landscape 1975/2009

Kirsten Justesen lives and works in Copenhagen. Educated at  the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1975.

Her activities comprise a wide range of genres, from body art and performance art to sculptures and installation. Justesen was part of the avant-garde scene of the 1960s, where she became a pioneering figure within the three-dimensional modes of art that incorporate the artist’s own body as artistic material. These experiments led her into investigating a feminist art which challenged traditional value systems during the 1970s. Her later works constitute broader investigations of relationships between body, space, and language.
Justesen has received a series of awards & grants, including The Eckersberg Medal 1996;  Life long grant from The Danish Art Council from 1998; The Thorvaldsen Medal 2005; Represented in private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Denmark;  The New Carlsberg Foundation; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Denmark; The Danish Arts Foundation;  Hälsingborg Art Museums, Sweden; MAN Museum Anna Nordlander, Sweden; The Verbund Art Collection, Austria; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.
Major show in the USA : WACK Art and the feminist revolution 2007-09, MOCA, NMWA, PS1
Present exhibitions are WOMEN HOUSE a group exhibition of women artists. Monnaie de Paris, France. 20.OKT- 28.JAN 2018 and FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE 1970s at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 18.NOV- 1.APRIL 2018
© Kirsten Justesen ICE PORTRAIT/ MELTINGTME # 3 1992
2017@ Kirsten Justesen SORT at CLAY Museum
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  1. […] Kirsten Justesen lives in and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Justesen is currently involved in a group exhibition in Germany titled Feminist Avantgarde 1970s. The exhibition examines the role of stereotypes, cliche, and the issue of politics in the context of women’s rights. Justesen is also involved in an exhibition at the Women’s Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. For this exhibition, she created enormous geometric ceramic pieces. Around the same time, Justesen received a commission from Clay, a ceramic museum in Denmark. For this, as she has done often in her work, Justesen used her own body, creating a cast that she eventually rendered in stoneware. In her 60s, Justesen was the recipient of a lifetime artist grant from the Danish government. She is currently working with a publisher to compile her life’s work. In this interview, Justesen addresses the current climate of #MeToo offering her perspective as a woman who has reached the age of “invisibility” and discussing the implications of the current watershed moment from a unique and important angle. […]