Ebbe Stub Wittrup


Born 1973, Aarhus, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen
Education : Academy of Fine Arts Prague, 1999

Since the end of the 1990s, Ebbe Stub Wittrup’s artistic practice has focused on the photographic medium. In his photographs whether we look at his neorealistic snapshots or the more conceptually oriented photo series we find a mysteriousness that makes one think of a series of narrative parallel worlds. This is reflected quite specifically in his latest exhibition, Burning in Water Drowning in Flames, 2010, where he combines his photographs with other media such as video, text and objects.

In his early works Ebbe Stub Wittrup used manipulative photographic devices, but in more recent works he has aimed at the deliberate cultivation of a distinctive, photographically determined aesthetic that calls forth a visible (and convincing) viewed reality. For Wittrup the point is to work with reality on the basis of a specific conception of the world, a conception that he expresses through the documentary idiom of the works. In so doing he seeks at the same time to convey the mythical quality inevitably implemented by tale and legend. For example he photographs various medieval bridges in southern Europe, also called Devil’s Bridges, whose almost utopian topographical locations encourage myth-formation. In that sense they are not manipulative photographs, for the bridges are shown in the correct perspective. This further helps to stress the concrete realism of the pictures. And yet they are not landscape photographs that commemorate the panoramas of the everyday, snapshot-like postcard. There is something unsettling about these grand, enigmatic, distant black-and-white photographs that evokes memories of Edmund Burke’s sublime tableaux with an effect of both terror and attraction on the viewer.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Ebbe Stub Wittrup

Born 1973.
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

1995-99 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague.


Botanical Drift, Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark
Photographs, Gl. Holtegaard, Denmark

Transmissions, Galerie MøllerWitt, Aarhus, Denmark

Clear Water On Both Sides Of The Glass, a two person show with
Ulrik Heltoft & Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Kunsthall CCA Andratx,
Mallorca, Spain
Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Braunschweig Kunstverein, Braunschweig,
Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The third room, ARoS, Aarhus Museum of Modern and
Contempory Art, Aarhus, Denmark

Presumed Reality, Kirchner Museum Davos, Schweiz
Two Faced Vase, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

OVERGADEN Institut for samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Presumed Reality, Nusser & Baumgart, München, Germany

Devil’s Bridge, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Presumed Reality (along w/ Benjamin Bergmann), Otto Zoo,
Milan, Italy

Presumed Reality, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen

MEANWHILE NOW, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen

Things Happen, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen


We the People: New Art from the Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
En kort historie om abstraktion, Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, DK
Photography to end all Photography, Brandts, Odense, DK
TESER – Danske samtidskunstnere i dialog med reformationen, Stiftung Christliche Kunst, Wittenberg

Cool, Calm and Collected, ARoS, Aarhus, DK
Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen DK
Human; Nature, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen DK
Spot exhibition, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK
TESER. Danske samtidskunstnere i dialog med reformationen,
Ribe Kunstmusem, Rundetårn, Copenhagen, DK
Den Frie Udstilling, The Danish Art Foundation, Den Frie
Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, DK
Den Frie Udstilling – Sydhavn Station, Danish Art Foundation,
Copenhagen, DK

Jahresgaben 1969-2016, Kunstverein Brauschweig, Germany
I takt – med Ib Geertsen gouacher fra 50’erne, Galleri Tom
Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK
Expanding Frontiers, à la Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, France
Opslag Nedslag – danske kunstnerbøger, Black Diamant,
Copenhagen, DK
Museum Pist Protta, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK

Naturmøder, J.F. Willumsens Museum, Denmark
Summer in the City no.10, Martin asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen,
31st Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
PHOTOGRAPHY, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
Consequently gaze – landscapes in the collection, CEDRU
– Center of Studies and Regional Development and Urban, Lda,
Lisabon, Portugal
Stafetten – Dansk Samtidskunst, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, DK
Trust, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wilderness, New Shelter Plan, Carlsberg district, Copenhagen,

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen,
Highlights from Corporate Collections, Bonhams, London, UK
Beyond Realism, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
HURRA! 39 Daish artists, LLC, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Tilstedeværelse, materialitet, nr. 3, Sorø Museum of art, Sorø,

2013 Zeigen, an audiotour through Copenhagen, Nikolaj Kunsthal,
Copenhagen, Denmark
Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Denmark
Til Tiden – Information og køreplaner/On Time – Information
and timetables, Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen, Denmark
State of the Art, Slottet, Copenhagen Photo Festival,
Copenhagen, Denmark
VIDEO, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen,
The Space In A Religious Place, Giotto Religious Museum,
Holbæk, Denmark
Enter Trianalen, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Life Clock, Den Frie Udstilingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Armory Show / The Nordic focus, New York, USA

Ny dansk Fotografi, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Triennalen Enter II, Brandts Kunsthal, Odense, Denmark
Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery,
Cross field, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France

To the highest mountain, Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen,
China Pingyao International Photograhpy Festival, China
Budapest spring festival, The Budapest Gallery, Budapest
This way 10, BRANDTS, Odensen

TOPAZ, curated by Ebbe Stub Wittrup and Ulrik Heltoft,
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen

Nordiske Stemninger, ARKEN – Museum for Moderne Kunst,
Here I Never Wander Alone, Co-Lab, Copenhagen

Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China
SALON #1, Lauritz Kunsthal, Copenhagen
SUMMER IN THE CITY II – MAP Group Show, Martin Asbæk
Projects, Copenhagen
Achtung – Kunst!, Collection of the National Museum of
Photography, Copenhagen
Overgangen, Herlev, Denmark
The Human Nature, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen,
SPOR, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Denmark
New Photography from Denmark Fotofest Huston Texas
New Adventures – Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing

New Adventures, Danish Photography and Video, Seoul, Korea
New Danish Photography, ASF, New York, USA
Summer in the City – MAP Group Show, Martin Asbæk
Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Open Book, The National Photography Museum,
Copenhagen, Denmark
NuHerAldrigMer, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Denmark

Gæstfrihed, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Denmark
Efterårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Denmark
Danish Photography, Faulcener Gallery, Iowa, USA
Martin Asbæk Projects, Group Show, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fotografi 2004, Kopenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Young Danish Photography, Photographic Centre, Copenhagen

Video Projection for “crossing” – Sound in Visual Art, Wien
Kunsthalle, Prague National Gallery.

Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk – “Young Swedish and Danish
Art”. Contributing video recordings for Joachim Hamou’s work

National Gallery Manes, Prague. Censured group exhibition.

Gallery Palmovka, Prague. Group exhibition: Martin Janicek,
Milos Sejn, Thomas Ruller, Jiri Mateju, Pavl Koblicka.

Book and exhibition, “Picture Book”, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek,
Copenhagen, Collaboration between five artists; Knud Odde,
Anne Marie Ploug, Thomas Kluge, Eva Koch and five writers.

Grants and prizes
2010 Statens Kunstfond – 3 years workinggrant
2008 Statens Kunstfond
2007 BMW Photography Prize 2007, Paris Photo – shortlisted
Fogtdal Fotografipris
Statens Kunstfond
2006 Working grant, Statens Kunstfond
Danish Art Foundation
2005 Danish Art Foundation
2004 Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
Aage og Yelva Nimbs Hæderslegat
Ragnvald og Ida Blix Fond
2003 Working grant, Statens Kunstfond
2002 Travelling grant, Statens Kunstfond
1994 Århus Municipality Art Scholarship.

2012 Eight Coloured Cards, REVOLVER, Berlin, Germany
2011 Presumed Reality, Hatje Cantz, Germany
2007 Book, “OUTFROMUNDER”, Space Poetry, Copenhagen
2006 Manual til dansk kunst, Gyldendal
2005 Asterisk Nr. 29# v/m7 Newspaper edition
Leporello, series, 12 books, 12 artists
Book, MEANWHILE NOW, Space Poetry, Copenhagen
2001 Book, “Places to go, People to see”, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin
2000 Book, “Exciting Comfort”, Space Poetry, Copenhagen
1995 Catalogue, “Picture Book”, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, Copenhagen.

Statens Museum for Kunst / National Gallery Denmark
Collection Munich-RE
Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna
Foto Colectania Foundation, Madrid
Falconer Gallery, USA
Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ny Carlsberg Fondet donation for Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, China
Nykredit, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Foundation Mallorca
Statoil Art Collection
Statenskunstfond 2010
ARoS Museum of Modern Art, Aarhus, Denmark