IN CONVERSATION WITH HEERUP













The visual artist Henry Heerup (1907-93) occupies a unique position within the CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam) art movement. This art movement took off in the aftermath of World War II. After seeing what the intellect could cause and years of distress, CoBrA went in search of creative liberty and rebelled against academism. CoBrA represented freedom, spontaneity, pure expressions, and sought out boundaries by working with new materials and new forms of collaboration with poets and sculptors.

In the vision of Heerup, art should have the potential to reach everyone. His work is deeply symbolic and inspired by primitive cultures, the art of prehistoric people, and children’s art. Due to his symbols' directness and naive simplicity - often icons of birth, love, death and household - he was considered a folk artist. He did not pay attention to styles and trends, but worked in his own free and expressive way, and is very well known for his junk models, made from random objects.

Lifeisart gallery calls out to artists in all disciplines to send in their portfolio and how they want to respond to the work of Heerup. We are looking for emerging visual artists that will demonstrate a genuine interest in Heerup and the CoBrA movement. Their work should be engaged in dialogue with the values and vision Heerup represented in his experimental art. The same need for freedom and casualness that the cobra artists experienced in the late 1940s are now similarly at play in the minds of many. With the current pandemic and strict rules, there is a yearning for spontaneity, imaginative expressions and new statements that are not reminiscent of COVID-19. The gallery will select a few artists who get the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition, along with the work of Heerup.