Perfect Poses? at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Carl Jacobsen, founder of the Glyptotek, and Calouste Gulbenkian, founder of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon had a passion in common for 19th century sculpture by French artists.

This intersection is explored in Perfect Poses? an exhibition staged at Copenhagen’s remarkable Glyptotek (one of the most significant sculpture museums in the world) on view in the beautiful space until 16 June 2019.

The history of sculpture can be understood through the artists’ expression of body language, movement and pose. Bodily expressions speak about themes as love, loss, sorrow, life and death. The show features stunning artworks by Maillol, Rodin, Carpeaux among many other luminaries.

Does the title itself refers to Madonna’s Vogue and the resurgence of ballroom dancing and camp performances? Maybe. The Glyptotek, in collaboration with the Tuborg Foundation, has developed a strong programme of performances focusing on bodily landscapes. In collaboration with Dansekapellet and the performance collective Disturbing Business, younger visitors will have the opportunity to learn voguing. The dance association TangoAmor curates a “tango salon” hosted in the Glyptotek’s Central Hall. More activities are on the agenda.

The idea of a universal human body language was essential to the Glyptotek’s founder, Carl Jacobsen’s, fascination with both ancient classical sculpture and the figurative French sculpture of his own era. He believed that sculpture expressed the basic human condition in an intuitive, understandable manner. This exhibition is fantastic.