Galleri Riis

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.


  1. 2017In The New Space, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  2. 2016La pittura, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
  3. 2016La pittura, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. 2015Trial and Error and Other New Works, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. 2013Maleri. Udvalg II, Kunstmuseet i Tønder, Denmark
  6. 2012Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
  7. 2012Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
  8. 2009Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
  9. 2008Galleri Riis, Oslo
  10. 2008Troels Wörsel – Paintings, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
  11. 2008Troels Wörsel – The Venice Biennale 2007, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
  12. 2007The Venice Biennale, Den Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy
  13. 2007Troels Wörsel – akvareller, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
  14. 2005Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
  15. 1997Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
  16. 1996Musée des Beaux-Art de Nantes, Nantes, France
  17. 1996Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
  18. 1996Galleri Riis, Oslo
  19. 1990David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
  20. 1987Galerie Klein im Syndikat, Bonn, Germany
  21. 1986Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne


  1. 2017Grønningen 2017, Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2017Horses, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. 2017Summer Days, Serlachius Museum Götsa, Mäntä, Finland


  1. National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
  3. Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  4. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
  5. Städtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
  6. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  7. Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  8. FRAC Auvergne, France