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Past Exhibition

Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke


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Galerie Pugliese Levi is pleased to announce its opening in Berlin. The inaugural exhibition will show recent works by the Danish painter Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke. Opening reception on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 18:00, in the presence of the artist.

Galerie Pugliese Levi opens in Auguststraße with a solo exhibition by the Danish artist Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke. The work of the artist is shown for the first time in Germany.

The works of Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke fascinate the viewer by their color. The juxtaposition of different, very narrow strips of paper, on which only colored sections can be seen, produce an apparent flicker. From a distance, the small and large formats of Static Paintings (from 7.5 × 10 × 3.5 cm to 180 × 180 × 3.5 cm) are very lively and three-dimensional. The applied collage technique creates randomly arranged new patterns and structures, which demonstrate the infinite combination possibilities of form and color and, when closely scrutinized, reflect the craft process. The large format static paintings are presented here for the first time ever.

The work of another group of works is painted with seemingly fleeting stripes, but not with the brush, but by a dripping technique: diagonal, horizontal, vertical - always with a clear integration of the white background into the rhythm of the colors. Dynamic and break-up of the lines result from the combination of different formats, e.g. Two triangles forming a square, six triangles forming a hexagon, or multi-part rectangles.

For Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke there is at first no concrete idea for a picture, the painting process itself and the color give the creation of the picture before and thus open up the entire picture space. Her works are images for their own sake, objects in space, which can be filled with meaning and emotions by the viewer and are completely devoted to him.

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Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke was born in 1967 in Copenhagen and studied paining at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she lived until 2011. She currently lives and works in St Leonards-on-Sea, UK.

Bjelke has been invited to participate in a number of artists’ residencies around the world, including The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut (2007) and the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia (2009). Her work has been widely shown in France (Galerie Maria Lund, Zürcher, Suzanne Tarasiève) — in Denmark (Galleri Weinberger, Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel) — in Switzerland (Galerie Proarta) and in the United States (DCA Gallery).

Her paintings are in a number of prestigious international collections, including The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Cerrutti, Giorgio Armani France, General Motors, Copenhagen Art Foundation.

Recent solo shows include Colour Galore at Galerie Maria Lund in 2018, and Chromatic Matters at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia in 2019. Maibritt Ulvedal Bjelke showed her work in Germany for the first time in occasion of the inaugural show at Galerie Pugliese Levi in 2017, followed by two other solo exhibitions in 2018 and 2020. A catalogue is available on request.