The observation of living things is at the heart of the Specimens exhibition. The term obviously has a scientific connotation; it designates a plant or animal which is an example of a particular species or type. Specimens brings together four series of works that the photographer Nicolai Howalt has been creating since 2019 – Old Tjikko, Algae, Fasciations and Microscope/Preparation. They all share a common desire to question, reflect, marvel and perhaps understand. 

Developing an initial concept, Nicolai Howalt then proceeds with a systematic and creative exploration of his subjects. Most often, this is not limited to looking or documenting. As a good alchemist, he also mobilises the very materiality of the subjects in order to extract knowledge about their profound natures, the essence of which is invisible to the naked eye. Throughout the working process, the photographer is receptive to what presents itself to him. These sometimes unexpected discoveries confer a very special poetry to the images; their perfection keeps viewers at a distance, whereas their sensuality attracts them.

Nicolai Howalt’s work has been widely exhibited in Scandinavia, Europe and the United States. It has been awarded by many prestigious institutions (Hasselblad Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation etc.). The exhibition Variations of Old Tjikko at Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen, 2020) received the award for the best exhibition of the year in Denmark, and the following year, the series was distinguished by the honorary fellowship of the Aage & Yelva Nimbs Fond (Denmark). In France, the Maison du Danemark hosted the exhibition How to hunt (a collaboration with Trine Søndergaard, 2012) and the photographs by Nicolai Howalt and Trine Søndergaard were acquired by the collections of the Hermès Foundation and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. In 2020, the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) acquired the entire Silver Migration series, which was presented in the same year in the Migrations exhibition at the Maria Lund Gallery, as well as a selection of works from the Elements series which were exhibited at the gallery in de travers (2017). Nicolai Howalt’s works feature in a large number of collections: J. Paul Getty Museum, United States  – Hiscox Art Project, United States – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada – Israel Museum, Israel –  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain – Museum of Fine Art Houston, United States – Artphilein Foundation, Italy – and in Denmark, those of: ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum – Kunsten, Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg – Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, – Bornholms Art MuseumEsbjerg Art MuseumNy Carlsbergfondet, –  Skagens MuseumDanish Arts Foundation –  Brandts Collection, Odense – the Royal LibraryNational Museum of Photography, Copenhagen – Ny Kredit.

In pictures



Louis Siracusa & Antonin Le Faure (bass & viola)

Thursday 16.06.20228:00pmGalerie Maria Lund

Violist Antonin Le Faure and bass player Louis Siracusa embark us on an initiatic journey exploring music from the past century with melodies written for (both) their instruments. Duets by Veress, Scodanibbio and Lutoslawski are Specimens as they offer us a general idea of the composers’ worlds. Their accents, whether oniric or melancholic, draw from both instruments’ lower register. These duets will be rhythmed by improvisations and will dialog with more classical pieces.



 Thursday 12.05.20225:00pm > 8:30pmGalerie Maria Lund

Sunday Opening

Sunday 29.05.20222:00pm > 6:00pmGalerie Maria Lund

Sunday Opening

Sunday 26.06.20222:00pm > 6:00pmGalerie Maria Lund


Publications and texts

Nicolai Howalt - By looking down - couverture

Nicolai Howalt, By looking down I see up. By looking up I see down.

Fabrik Books, 2017

Nicolai Howalt - Light Break - couverture

Nicolai Howalt, Light Break

Fabrik Books, 2015

Nicolai Howalt - Old Tjikko - couverture

Nicolai Howalt, Old Tjikko

Fabrik Books, 2019

Nicolai Howalt, NH – A new lightbreak på Gigthospitalet Sønderborg

Fabrik Books, 2020

Nicolai Howalt, 78 boxers

Fabrik Books, 2011

Nicolai Howalt, How to hunt

Hatje Cantz, 2010