Martin Erik Andersen

Martin Erik Andersen (b. 1964) studied at Al-Fonun Al-Gamila (The Fine Arts Academy) in Cairo (1989-90) and graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1992). From 2009-2019, Andersen was professor at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2014 he received the Thorvaldsen Medal. Public collections include The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark, and Arken, Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark.

Selected works


Born 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lives and works in Copenhagen

Artist’s homepage


1985 – 1992 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
1988 – 1989 El Fonuun-Gamila, Cairo, Egypt


2019 Cultivating the empty field, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark
2019 Borrowed Scenery, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 But who sleeps here, Peryton, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 once out of nature I shall never take my bodily form from any natural thing, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2016 half mask half space (the art of self-defence), Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 Don’t cry a diamond / on a plate for you, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2014 never say it isn’t so" (mimicry), CroyNielsen, Berlin
2014 endless promises, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Kingdom of Dirt, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2012 see you as a hidden fire, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2011 from the source of a river to its mouth – with usura the line grows thick, Galleri Susanne Ottesen
2010 matter and mind – slipping through our finger’s, co-operation between Isis Gallery and Sprovieri, London
2010 in order to do good…, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2009 more give me more give me more – dette dit dørtrin, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
2009 If you have had ears…, Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany
2008 Things Hidden Since The Foundation of Time, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2008 Stairway to heaven/Highway to Hell, Holstebro Kunsmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark
2005 Hollow Earth, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2004 It’s all in the eye of a dreamer, Horsens Kunstmuseum
2002 Each Letter Is a Complete Book, Holstebro Kunstmuseum
2001 Auf den Externsteinen (The Gospel of Truth), Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
1999 1 + 1 = 3 (ingen anden nåde end dette dit dørtrin), Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
1996 On why the earth is flat, if a frozen pond is round, DCA Gallery/Susanne Ottesen, New York


2018 Den Frie Udstilling (The Free Exhibition), Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 Anger at Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
2017 Theses – Danish Contemporary Artists In Dialogue With The Reformation, Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 Molnet – The Cloud of Unknowing, Värmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
2016 Grey, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
2016 Into The Pink Light, Projektrum D7, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 Sommerudstilling – Skulptur fra Ib Braase til Nanna Abell, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2016 LUSCIOUS THRILLS: Baroque reflections then and now, Gl Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark
2016 Sketch for a new world, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
2015 Out of Use: Interior, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 In Vitro (studies on entropy) , Bremerholm 6, Denmark
2015 TRUST – One Exhibition, Five Venues, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 Sommerophængning, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 FORÅRSUDSTILLINGEN, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 Det stille liv – illusion & virkelighed, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2014 Det Arabiske Nu, Louisiana, Humlebæk, Denmark
2014 Eux, Shanaynay, Paris
2013 lost for words, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
2013 Den Hvide Udstilling, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2012 Erindringens Arkæologi, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2011 Objektiver, Group Exhibition curated by Rose Rex,, Copenhagen
2010 Paradise Lost – Holidays in Hell, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
2009 Tokyo Art Fair 2009, with Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Tokyo, Japan
2008 Danskjävlar – en svensk kærlighedserklæring, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2006 Nu her og aldrig mer, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen


The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
Arken, Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark