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Anna-Eva Bergman

Perrotin New York is pleased to present the first survey exhibition in the United States of the late Norwegian-born painter Anna-Eva Bergman (1909-1987), entitled Revelation. A central figure in the development of European modernism, Bergman abstracted the landscapes of Norway into spiritually transcendent compositions. Despite Bergman’s colorful life and strikingly original creative output, there has yet to be such a spotlight on her talent — a situation that is soon to change, given a major pair of retrospectives set to open at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris and the National Museum of Oslo in 2023.

This interview is with Thomas Schlesser, the director of the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman foundation.

N°63-1961 Big universe with small squares, 1961. Oil and metal sheet on canvas Framed: 198.2 × 208 × 6 cm. Photographer: Claire Dorn. ©Anna-Eva Bergman /ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York 2022. Courtesy Fondation Hartung -Bergman & Perrotin
Anna-Eva Bergman N°59-1962 Small golden fire on black, 1962 Tempera and metal sheet on canvas Unframed: 24 1/16 x 19 11/16 inch Framed: 25 7/8 x 21 9/16 x 1 9/16 inch ©Anna-Eva Bergman/ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York 2022. Courtesy Fondation Hartung-Bergman & Perrotin
Anna-Eva Bergman N°17-1976 Nunatak II, 1976 Acrylic and metal sheet on canvas Unframed: 98 7/16 x 78 3/4 inch Framed: 101 3/8 x 81 9/16 x 2 3/8 inch ©Anna-Eva Bergman/ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York 2022. Courtesy Fondation Hartung-Bergman & Perrotin
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  1. Thank you for this interesting interview on the late lesser known Norwegian artist Anna-Eva Bergman, her early trauma through World War II, and her connection to nature and spirituality.
    Much belated success on her upcoming exhibitions.
    I enjoyed the unexpected reaction of Thomas Schlesser to the question posed at the end of the interview by Brainard Carey, “What are you reading?”
    “What am I reading?” Schlesser was amused and had to think twice before he could respond.

  2. […] Anna-Eva Bergman: Thomas Schlesser, the director of the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman foundation joined us in early September to discuss Anna-Eva Bergman: Revelation on view through October 22 at Perrotin New York. Bergman is a lesser known artist, but this exhibition as well as two museum shows seek to change that status. Among the details of her life that we discussed, is her former home under the blue sky of the French Riviera, a source of inspiration for the late artist’s work. To hear this conversation about a fascinating life spent in the arts, listen to the complete interview. […]

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