Photo: Finn Frandsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Understanding the Impact of Architecture

Limited access

From February 12-20 access to the exhibihtion is limited.



April 21, 2021 –
March 6, 2022

The exhibition is shown in the Hall and is open on weekends and weekdays when the Hall is not occupied.

In the graphic series ‘Understanding the Impact of Architecture’ Kørner zooms in on architecture’s affect and impact on society.

Today over half of the world’s population lives in cities. With urbanization, colossal new buildings arise. But how does this architecture – made of materials such as glass and concrete – affect us as human beings? What role does scale play in how we perceive buildings? Can architecture become too dominant? And what relationship do we have with nature? Kørner does not offer any easy solutions, but instead presents the problems and leaves it up to the viewer to reflect upon.

Kørner is most well-known for his colorful powerful paintings, but his graphic work is just as significant. Understanding the Impact of Architecture (2014 – 2020) is framed in handmade frames designed by the artist especially for this series.



Fundamental problems

John Kørner’s work might seem playful and light at first glance. But with a closer look, the societal problems he portrays are everywhere and unavoidable.

Throughout his career, John Kørner has depicted problems in society such as prostitution, war, consumerism and climate change. Problems that are more abstracts and thus harder to visualize, are often represented as colorful ovals in different sizes. Sometimes he arranges these abstract problems on shelves, at other times they might appear as ornaments on buildings or as products in a supermarket.

John Kørner

John Kørner (b. 1967) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows across Denmark and the world, including the National Gallery of Denmark, Arken, ARos and the Tate Gallery in London. The works in this collection appear courtesy of Edition Copenhagen, Dannie Vieten.

More on Kørner

If you would like to dig deeper into the works of John Kørner, check out ‘Kunstnerkolonien i Skagen’ on DR TV (in Danish).

Developed by

The exhibition is developed by Danish Architecture Center in collaboration with John Kørner.
The graphic series is courtesy of Edition Copenhagen. John Kørner is represented by Galleri Bo Bjerggaard.

Photos by

Anders Sune Berg