The extensive monograph was released in relation to the exhibition The Crowd / La Folla and shares its title. It shows the Danish artists comprehensive variety of works from 1967-2017, and is the most substantial publication to this date about Haugen Sørensens artistic career. The exhibition, curated by Prof. Bruno Corà and director of Bornholm Art Museum Lars Kærulf Møller, collected many of the artists most important artworks throughout the years, amongst others the most recent public sculptures ‘The Crowd’ and ‘The Shadow’ from 2017, which is now permanently placed on a public square in Pietrasanta, Italy, and at the City Courthouse in Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 225 pages extensively illustrated book is organised by Eli Benveniste and published bilingually with English and Italian texts.

Photos © Heine Pedersen

The Crowd / la Folla

The Crowd in Pietrasanta

The exhibition ‘The Crowd in Pietrasanta, Italy placed in the summer of 2017 a focus on Jørgen Haugen Sørensens most recent works in ceramics and bronze as well as drawing, and highlighted the lifelong relationship between the artists and the city. The extensive monograph was released in relation to the exhibition and shares its title. It shows the Danish artists comprehensive variety of works from 1967-2017, and is the most substantial publication to this date about Haugen Sørensens artistic career.  The exhibition collected many of the artists most important artworks throughout the years, amongst others the most recent public sculptures ‘The Crowd and ‘The Shadow from 2017, which is now permanently placed on a public square in Pietrasanta, Italy, and at the City Courthouse in Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With a large number of not previously shown photographies of works, exhibitions and commissions, the monograph presents a comprehensive insight in Haugen Sørensens important contribution to the arts. Additionally, a historical section covers the artists numerous collaborations with artists and skilled craftsmen and Haugen Sørensens life close to the workshops, foundries and quarries in France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Mexico, Spain and Portugal, as well as well written essays by the renowned curators of the exhibition, professor Bruno Corà and dir. of The Art Museum of Bornholm Lars Kærulf Møller.

The 225 pages extensively illustrated book is organised by Eli Benveniste and published bilingually with English and Italian texts.

The Exhibition

The yearly summer exhibition in Pietrasanta extents to several central historical areas. Museo dei Bozzetti entails San Agostino church, cloister and garden as well as Sala Capitolo, Sala Putti and the main square of the city, Piazza del Duomo. Here international and renowned artists such as Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj, Kan Yasuda, Giuseppe Penone og Dashi Namdakov have presented their oeuvre. Hagen Sørensen is the first Danish artist to be given this coveted exhibition platform. The central artwork of the exhibition, donated to Pietrasanta by the New Carlsberg Foundation, is the monumental bronze sculpture ‘The Crowd. The sculpture was erected at Piazza del Duomo together with another bronze, ‘The Shadow, cast with support from the Danish Arts Council.

In San Agostino church several of Haugen Sørensens main work in clay and bronze was shown; amongst other the bodies, ‘I Think, I seethe dogs, ‘That´s why they call them dogsand the row of 47 heads named ‘The Witnesses - The OthersThe, for their time, radical installations of fragmented sculptures in bronze, fabric, plastic and rubber from the series ‘Souvenir and ‘Portrait of an Old Agreement from the 1970´s were reenacted and placed on the floor in Sala Putti together with unframed new drawings. The connecting garden of the cloister framed five monumental sculptures in granite from the 1980´s, which was positioned in relation to the surrounding towers and buildings of the city, while white-glazed ceramic works from the new series ‘A black story in white was shown in Sala Capitolo. Nearby the gallery Paola Raffo Arte Contemporanea exhibited a series of Haugen Sørensens polychrome sculptures from the 1990´s.