Biography


Born in 1953 in Odense, Denmark.
Lives and works in Copenhagen and Northern Sealand.

Peter Martensen sets in the manner of a scenographer who juxtaposes accessories and human figures in a space that is both familiar and unknown to us. His works become the conveyor of poignant observations, deep anxieties, yet also a meeting place with dreams. In a multiverse world, Peter Martensen brings the most diverse registers and “realities” together, that form our perceptive frame in all its complex scope. He speaks of a “mental reality”.

Drawing occupies a very important place in Peter Martensen’s work: charcoal offers modelling in the most subtle tones, watercolor or ink a fluidity, which quick pencil and pen strokes define and delineate.

Some artworks


Exhibitions


Call from inside

Peter Martensen

14.09. – 03.11.2018

Determined actions, apathy and immobility cohabitate in Peter Martensen’s latest works. Parallel scenarios play out simultaneously – an atmosphere both strange and familiar hovers … From there emanates a feeling of mystery, abdication, even chaos where images of timeless tranquility slip in. Call from inside, the title of his new show raises questions. Is it an allusion to our deeper self ? Could it be a reference to primary layers, recalling certain fundamentals of human existence? Or maybe an incentive to wake up ?

Undone sketches

Peter Martensen

17.06. – 23.07.2016

Intentions, ideas, notes, projects, plans, diaries, memoirs, registers, archives or simple sheets of paper… Our life, our thoughts, our dreams often exist in writing – and sometimes only exist as written traces… Drawers and other containers are filled with them. To this we can add the attempts, the aborted projects, the impossibilities… The confrontation with a reality that does not want to emerge or that collides with the eternal lack of time. Not to mention documents with such sensitive material that they live in the shadows… until the day when …

Off site


MAMC, Saint-Etienne Métropole

Ravage

Peter Martensen

09. 03 – 27. 08. 2017

Sans cesse en quête d’une vérité artistique et existentielle, Peter Martensen trace, à travers sa peinture, son propre chemin, indépendamment des modes parfois aléatoires du monde de l’art. Nombreux sont les musées danois qui lui ont offert leurs cimaises et depuis, il a été présenté en Suède, en Italie, en Corée comme à New York ou Paris. Ravage est sa première exposition monographique dans un musée français [extrait du communiqué de presse].

Maison du Danemark, Paris

Ravage

Peter Martensen

06. 09 – 29. 10. 2017

Première exposition de l’artiste sur la scène institutionnelle parisienne, Ravage rassemble peintures, dessins, sculpture et vidéos témoignant de la cohérence de la démarche de l’artiste. Loin d’une rétrospective de l’œuvre de Peter Martensen, cette exposition intervient dans une période de création particulièrement riche et innovante dans sa carrière dont elle se veut l’écho [extrait du communiqué de presse].

Press


Peter Martensen - Et la société engloba l'individu

Boum!Bang!

November 2013
Bastien Stisi

La peinture métaphysique de Peter Martensen

L'Oeil

September 2017 - N° 704
Fabien Simode

Peter Martensen "ravage " l'entendement

Libre Belgique - Arts Libre

From August 23rd to August 29th 2017
Roger-Pierre Turine

Vous avez dit "Complot" ?
Dossier

Le Monde diplomatique

June 2015 - N°735
Illustrated by Peter Martensen

Peter Martensen, L'âme nordique


Le Figaro

January 1st 2006
Valérie Duponchelle

Peter Martensen au royaume des clones

Le Figaro

August 29th 2006
Valérie Duponchelle

Publications and texts


Peter Martensen – video

MAMC+ Saint-Etienne

Film produced for Peter Martensen’s exhibition “Ravage” (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, 2017).

Portraet – video

Peter Martensen & Morten Søndergaard

Peter Martensen painting the danish poet Morten Søndergaard (Peter Martensen’s studio, 2016).

Peter Martensen, Ravage – video teaser

Director : Ole Stenum

Revealing the world and the driving forces of the painter Peter Martensen is the idea behind the documentary on the artist that Filmbureauet will produce in 2020.