Ebbe Stub Wittrup

Overview

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

Born 1973. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark

Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Botanical Drift, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

Photographs, Gl. Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark

 

2018

Transmissions, Galerie MøllerWitt, Aarhus, Denmark

 

2016

Figures of Perception, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, 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, Germany

Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

 

2014

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

 

2013

Presumed Reality, Kirchner Museum Davos, Davos, Switzerland

Two Faced Vase, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2012

OVERGADEN Institut for samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2011

Presumed Reality, Nusser & Baumgart, Munich, Germany

 

2010

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

 

2009

Presumed Reality, with Benjamin Bergmann, Otto Zoo, Milan, Italy

 

2007

Presumed Reality, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2005

MEANWHILE NOW, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2004

Things Happen, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

We the People: New Art from the Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, United States

En kort historie om abstraktion, Rønnebæksholm, Næstved, Denmark

Photography to end all Photography, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

TESER – Danske samtidskunstnere i dialog med reformationen, Stiftung Christliche Kunst, Wittenberg, Germany

 

2017

Cool, Calm and Collected, ARoS, Aarhus Museum of Modern and Contempory Art, Denmark

Op til 18, Galerie MøllerWitt, Aarhus, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Human; Nature, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Spot exhibition, the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

TESER – Danske samtidskunstnere i dialog med reformationen, Ribe Kunstmuseum, Ribe, Denmark

The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark

Den Frie Udstilling – Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, The Danish Art Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Den Frie Udstilling – Sydhavn Station, Danish Art Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2016

Jahresgaben 1969-2016, Kunstverein Brauschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

I takt – med Ib Geertsen gouacher fra 50’erne, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Expanding Frontiers, à la Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, France

Opslag Nedslag – danske kunstnerbøger, the Black Diamond – The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark

Museum Pist Protta, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2015

Naturmøder, J.F. Willumsens Museum, Frederikssund, Denmark

Summer in the City #10, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

31st Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

PHOTOGRAPHY, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Consequently gaze – landscapes in the collection, CEDRU – Center of Studies and Regional Development and Urban, Lda, Lisbon, Portugal

Stafetten – Dansk Samtidskunst, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Trust, Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Wilderness, New Shelter Plan, Carlsberg District, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2014

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Highlights from Corporate Collections, Bonhams, London, United Kingdom

IM-MATERIALITET NO. 3 (BEVIDSTHED), Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark

Beyond Realism, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

HURRA! 39 Daish artists, LLC, California, United States

Tilstedeværelse, materialitet, nr. 3, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark

 

2013

Zeigen, an audiotour through Copenhagen, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, 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

 

2012

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Space In A Religious Place, Giotto Religious Museum, Holbæk, Denmark

Enter Triennale, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Life Clock, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Armory Show / The Nordic Focus, New York, United States

 

2011

Ny dansk Fotografi, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Triennalen Enter II, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cross field, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France

 

2010

To the highest mountain, Christina Wilson Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

China Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

This way 10, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

 

2009

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

 

2008

Nordiske Stemninger, ARKEN – Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark

Here I Never Wander Alone, Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2007

Lianzhou International Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China

SALON #1, Lauritz Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

SUMMER IN THE CITY II – MAP Group Show, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

Achtung – Kunst!, Collection of the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark

Overgangen, Herlev, Denmark

The Human Nature, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

SPOR, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark

New Photography from Denmark, Houston, United States

New Adventures – Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, China

 

2006

New Adventures, Danish Photography and Video, Seoul, Korea

New Danish Photography, ASF, New York, United States

Summer in the City – MAP Group Show, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Open Book, the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark

NuHerAldrigMer, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2005

Gæstfrihed, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark

Efterårsudstillingen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish Photography, Faulcener Gallery, Iowa, United States

Group Show, Martin Asbæk Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2004

Fotografi 2004, Kopenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Forårsudstillingen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

2003

Ung dansk fotografi, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

1999

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

 

1998

Young Swedish and Danish Art, contributing video recordings for Joachim Hamou’s work Friends, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

 

1997

Censored group exhibition, National Gallery Manes, Prague, Czech Republic

 

1996

Group exhibition with Martin Janicek, Milos Sejn, Thomas Ruller, Jiri Mateju and Pavl Koblicka, Gallery Palmovka, Prague, Czech Republic

 

1995

Book and exhibition, “Picture Book”, in collaboration with Knud Odde, Anne Marie Ploug, Thomas Kluge, Eva Koch and five writers. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

GRANTS & PRIZES

2010 – Danish Arts Foundation, three-year working grant
2008 –  Danish Arts Foundation
2007 – BMW Photography Prize – Paris Photo – shortlisted
2007 – Fogtdal Fotografipris
2007 – Danish Arts Foundation
2006 – Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2006 – Danish Arts Foundation
2005 – Danish Art Foundation
2004 – Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca
2004 – Aage og Yelva Nimbs Hæderslegat
2004 – Ragnvald og Ida Blix Fond
2003 – Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
2002 – Danish Arts Foundation, travel grant
1994 – Aarhus Municipality Art Scholarship.

BIBLIOGRAHY

2019 – Figures of Perception, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, Berlin, Germany

2015 – Perception Objects, Corner Kiosk, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014 – The Third Room, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and REVOLVER, Berlin, Germany

2013 – Eight Coloured Cards, REVOLVER, Berlin, Germany

2013 – The Voice of Things, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011 – Presumed Reality, Hatje Cantz, Berlin, Germany

2010 – leporello#15, Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007 – OUTFROMUNDER, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007 – MEANWHILE NOW, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006 – Manual til dansk kunst, Gyldendal, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005 – Asterisk Nr. 29# v/m7 Newspaper edition, Forlaget * [asterisk], Copenhagen, Denmark

2001 – Places to go, People to see, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, Germany

2000 – Book, “Exciting Comfort”, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995 – Catalogue, “Picture Book”, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, Denmark

REPRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING COLLECTIONS

SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark

The Art Collection – Munich Re, Germany

Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Austria

Foto Colectania Foundation, Spain

Falconer Gallery, United States

The National Museum of Photography, Denmark

Ny Carlsbergfonden, donation for Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, China

Nykredit, Denmark

Art Foundation Mallorca, Spain

Statoil Art Collection, Switzerland

Statens Kunstfond, Denmark

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, United States