At this exhibition Søren Behncke is inspired by the “muse”, both as a concept and specifically inspired by his own muse, Dress-Ole from Viborg! “Alice” is Behnckes 5th exhibition at Charlotte Fogh Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with text by Trine Ross.
Throughout history there have been many muses to as many artists. Among the best known muse-users we find Picasso, who went through an entire sequence of muses that might be his models, mistresses, or at time even his spouses. We have known muses in Denmark, too, such as Hammershøi’s wife, Ida, who occupies and mirrors his serenely quiet rooms in Strandgade, and Gerda Wegener, who, together with Einar Wegener, created the muse, model and, very importantly, the human being Lili Elbe.
Søren Behncke inscribes himself in this long-standing tradition by choosing Kjole Ole (literally “Dress Ole”) as his muse for this series of works. Typically of Behncke’s overall approach to tradition, he puts his own spin on the whole affair. Indeed, Kjole Ole himself describes himself as a “muse from afar”. For this relationship is far removed from the kind of intimacy that usually characterises the relationship between muse and artist. Rather, Kjole Ole serves as a point of departure, a springboard and a catalyst for Behncke’s works.