John Kørner was born in 1967 in Aarhus, Denmark, and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. He lives and works in Copenhagen. Themes of labor, economy, and ecology run throughout Kørner’s paintings; ideas of conservation and expenditure, productivity and consumption, power and depletion are performatively engaged through his efficient and spontaneous style. Kørner’s dream-like scenes are loosely informed by European

traditions, ranging from Orientalism, Post-Impressionism to Surrealism and Primitivism. His images resonate with psychological fluidity, while his ultra pure colors are charged with a vibrancy that heightens the artificiality of his dramatic spatial constructions. His works are widely exhibited internationally and have been featured at museums such as Hamburger Bahnhof, Tate Modern, and Moderna Museet.

John Kørner

Born 1967 in Aarhus
Lives and works in Copenhagen


1992 – 1998 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Awards and Grants

2000, 2008 Carnegie Art Award
2006 Honorary grant, Niels Wessel Bagge’s Arts Foundation
2003 Three year working grant, The Danish Arts Foundation

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Life Attacks You, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Apple Bombs,Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
OUTDOOR STRUGGLING, Museum Belvedere, Oranjewoud, Netherlands

Familien (Family), Gallery Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
Caught,HEART, Herning Museum of Modern Art, Herning, Denmark
Fallen Fruit from Frisland, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

SEX, IMO projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Women for Sale, The Workers’ Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

The New Museums, Gallery Christian Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden
Work Out, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Jacob, Sebastian, Benjamin, Jacob and Dan, Andersen’s Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

War problems, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

Woman with 24 problems – Exhibition of graphical works, Politikens Galleri, Denmark
Problems, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
AROS Bank, ARos, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

den 1:a på Moderna, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
5 Problems, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
Kunsthal, KBH Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Den Femte, Førstetilvenstre, Copenhagen, Denmark
Statements, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Problem of Performing, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
SUPERDANISH, Toronto, Canada
The Design of Productions, Gallery Maze, Torino, Italy

CONSTRUCTION SETS – works on paper, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
The Greenland Problem, Herning Museum of Art, Denmark

Be On Show, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Post, Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, Denmark
Den Fantastiske Udvej (The Fantastic Way Out), Albertslund Rådhus, Albertslund, Denmark

Teater, Århus Museum of Art – Project-room-installation, Århus, Denmark

Dig Og John’s Engagement, Galleri Søren Houmann, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jeg Taler Til Jer (I am Talking to You), Museumsbygningen Kunstauktioner, Copenhagen, Denmark
Street Sharks, Kørners Kontor (Kørners Office), Copenhagen, Denmark

Slappe dig Og Andre Intentioner (Relaxed You and Other Intentions), Blegdamsvej 18, Copenhagen, Denmark
Problem, Galleri Phøniks, Copenhagen, Denmark

Slap A (Relax), Kørners Kontor (Kørners Office), Copenhagen, Denmark

Glæde og Harmoni (Joy and Harmony), Rådskælderen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

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