Finding Beauty

The pioneer of Danish Art Photography Keld Helmer-Petersen

14 June 2019 - 11 January 2020 Exhibition in The Black Diamond
billedetekst som læses af skærmlæser Villa Vista, 1940
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‘The best photographer you’ve never heard of,’ wrote the British magazine Creative Review about Keld Helmer-Petersen in 2007. He was the first Dane that worked seriously with the camera as an artistic tool to create photographs that were to be admired for their aesthetics: for their graphic qualities, lines, forms and colours. He translated his observations of the modern world into striking, innovative images.

Finding Beauty is the first major retrospective exhibition of Held Helmer-Petersen’s work since 1990. It rests on research, originating from a PhD thesis on the art photographer, and it has been created in a close cooperation with his heirs. With Helmer-Petersen’s extensive archive as its point of departure – transferred to Royal Library in 2013 – key main works are introduced as well as specimen copies, diapositives, contact prints, drawings, collages, preparatory studies and films that have not previously been shown. The exhibition thus offers a new perspective on Helmer-Petersen’s work, illustrating his working process and history for the first time. 

Keld Helmer-Petersen is represented in collection both in Denmark and internationally at such museums as Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Folkvang (Essen), Brandts (Odense) and Danish Arts Foundation.

The WiresThe Wires (Chicago, 1950), Keld Helmer-Petersen