Troels Wörsel

The Danish artist Troels Wörsel (1950 – 2018) moved to Germany in the late 1970’s, and played an important part on the Scandinavian and European art scene until his untimely death in 2018. Wörsel was a painter concerned with the constructive problems and aspects of the medium, and of its limitless possibilities. He extracted and adapted picture-making elements such as color, motif, technique, composition and perspective, and reintroduced them into the paintings surface. His work is characterized by experiments in their execution, like painting with help of an electric drill, and in their composition where taut geometric surface patterns can incorporate both personal and found imagery. Wörsel is represented in the collections of a.o Städtisches Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Washington Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the MoMA in New York. Wörsel was in 2002 the first-prize winner of the Carnegie Art Awards, and was Denmark’s representative in the 2007 Venice Biennial. He lived and worked in Cologne, Germany and Pietresanta, Italy.

Selected works


Troels Wörsel (b. 1950) in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 2018)
He lived and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy and Cologne, Germany


2017 In The New Space, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 La pittura, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
2016 La pittura, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 Trial and Error and Other New Works, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Maleri. Udvalg II, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, Denmark
2012 Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2012 Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2009 Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2008 Galleri Riis, Oslo
2008 Troels Wörsel – Paintings, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
2008 Troels Wörsel – The Venice Biennale 2007, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 The Venice Biennale, Den Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2007 Troels Wörsel – akvareller, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
2005 Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
1997 Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
1996 Musée des Beaux-Art de Nantes, Nantes, France
1996 Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
1996 Galleri Riis, Oslo
1990 David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
1987 Galerie Klein im Syndikat, Bonn, Germany
1986 Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne


2017 Grønningen 2017, Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 Horses, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 Summer Days, Serlachius Museum Götsa, Mäntä, Finland


National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Städtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
FRAC Auvergne, France