Cobra Artists

Henry Heerup

Henry Heerup (1907 - 1993) Danish artist

Heerup was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1927, 20 years old. He later participated actively in the internationally renowned avant-garde movement COBRA. His works of art include paintings, lithographs, stone sculptures, linoleum sections, drawings and so-called "garbage models" which he composed of old scrap and rattle. In addition, he also created gable paintings, ordering art, books, illustrations for books, logos, posters and drawings. 

Heerup has participated in separate and group exhibitions at home and abroad many times, including the Venice Biennale (1936, 1962 and 1972), at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1949), at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Liège (1951) on Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1960), at the Museum of 20th Jahrhunderts in Vienna (1963), at the Danish Abstract Art in the United States (1964-65) and at the Biennale in São Paulo (1965). He has received more medals and accolades, including Eckersberg Medaillen in 1958, Thorvaldsen Medaillen in 1967, and in 1969 he became Knight by Dannebrog.

His art gave him not only recognition among artisans, but also a great popular popularity and fame.