Erwin Wurm on Poul Gernes

"Gernes had little interest in selling his art, and many works ended up being stored in a large, damp barn for years...[He] strongly believed that artists could play an important role in society, and felt that the most essential thing was for them to discover their own ideas. However, his intention was for artists to create art that had a public purpose, rather than creating work for their own subjective ends."

Above: Poul Gernes, Decoration of the Herlev Hospital, University of the Copenhagen, Herlev, Denmark, 1968-76

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