This book takes you on private visits to ten Danish contemporary artists, where we are allowed behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process. We see both ongoing and completed works, the materials, tools and thought processes used. Through conversations with the artists, we are party to their own stories as to why they became artists, and how they arrived to where they are today. What consumes them? What drives them? What inspires them?

After each artist portrait, we are welcomed inside the individual homes of true art collectors. Some are vibrant and colourful. Others are monochrome and more subdued. Some are very feminine while others exude masculinity. The common denominator is that they are brimming with art and that everything has been thought through. They also happen to have a work by the artist we have just visited. We ask what art means to them and show how they align themselves with the pieces.

The Danish art scene is completely unique. Being free to pose critical questions makes art an area from which discussions begin and attitudes are broken. This can hone our commonplace understanding of the world in which we live. Art reflects great and current events on the world stage. Situations such as the climate crisis, migration, political polarization and pandemics resonate within us. All is pertinent to art right now.

We discuss this with artists and collectors alike, and take it a step further, as we also invite a number of people with artistic knowhow to contribute to the book, expressing their views on the interdependence between creator and collector and how we live with art in Scandinavia.

Creators: John Kørner, Evren Tekinoktay, Josefine Winding, Sophie Klerk, Jacob Egeberg, Sara Martinsen, Cathrine Raben Davidsen, Mie Olise Kjærgaard, Ask Emil Skovgaard and Naja Utzon Popov. Collectors: Nadia Olive and Adam Schnack, Bo Bech, The Darling, Anne Aarsland and Christian Dubois, Peter Amby and Caroline of Rosenborg, Louise and Bjarke Vind Normann, Sara Lysgaard, Ann-Birgitte and Ole Gregersen, Thomas Schlosser Svendsen and Katrine Martensen-Larsen. Contributors: Todd Bishop, Frederikke Aagaard, Natalia Gutman and Jannik Martensen-Larsen. Photograhpy: Mikkel Adsbøl, Graphic design: Kiosk Studio, Translation: Becca Shaw Frandsen.

Specifications: Published: Ultimo October 2021. Volume: 24 x 31 cm, 352 pages, richly illustrated
Paper: Munken Lynx (FSC-certified). Binding: Brillianta Van Heek (FSC-certified). Printers: Narayana Press. Publisher: KML Design. ISBN: 978-87-971927-1-9. Recommended retail price: DKR 499,-. Language: English.

The book is available from 26th of October.


Additional information

Weight 2500 g
Dimensions 24 × 4 × 31 cm