Mille Kalsmose


Born in 1972 in Horsens, Denmark.
Lives and works in Copenhagen and New York.

Mille Kalsmose’s work spans from images to sculptural pieces and installation works. For decades her work has suggested themselves as mental survival kits, introducing new ways of exploring and understanding human existence and togetherness. The works embodies family constellations or, most importantly, the relationships between the individual and the world.

Mille Kalsmose’s work gives shape and materializes what is invisible to the eye – this is a driving force and an indispensable desire throughout the work. Combining autobiography with neuroscience, personal experiences with social inquiry, Mille Kalsmose creates artworks that resonate on a multitude of levels. She has worked with a wide range of materials and explores the architecture of memory, identity, psychological mechanisms, and spiritual life conceptions, thus creating a union of the unconfined in highly tactile manifestations.

Kalsmose holds a MA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has studied at the Bio Art Lab at SVA, School of Visual Arts, in New York. Her work has been exhibited at ARoS, Aarhus Art Museum; at MAVI, Museum of  Visual Arts, Satiago, Chile, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA; CCA, Center of Contemporary Art,  Andratx, Spain; La Virreina, Centre de Imagen, Barcelona, Cataluña; ITAMI Museum, Hygo, Japan; and Fundacion Valentin de Madarigada,  Andalusia, Spain, Horsens Art Museum; Gether Contemporary; Den Frie Exhibition Center; Kastrupgaard Collection, and others. Her work is collected in several private and public institutions.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born 1972 in Horsens, Denmark.

Lives and works in New York, United States, and Copenhagen, Denmark.



Master in Contemporary Art and Aesthetics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, and

School of Visual Art’s (SVA’s) Bio Art Lab in New York, United States



Magic Materialism, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark


Politikens Forhal, JP/Politiken Mediahouse, Copenhagen, Denmark


United Nations, Great Assembly Hall, New York Headquarters, United States


The Shape of Us, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Re-Sounding Organs, Center of Contemporary Art, Andratx, Spain

Cosmic Relations, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, United States


Ressurection/Opstandelse, (in cooperation with Rikke Topp), Kuben, Horsens, Denmark


Searching for a Mother (in cooperation with Alberto Garcia-Alix), Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Searching for a Mother (in cooperation with Alberto Garcia-Alix), La Virreina, Centre de Imagen, Barcelona, Cataluña


Siteseeing, Traneudstillingen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Outrospective, WAS-Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark 



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


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

CHART Art Fair – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark


The Times of the Chimera, The Cameroon Pavilion, Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Ten Year Later. Highlights from the Mana Collection, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, United States

New Acquisitions, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark


Work It Out!, KUNSTEN, Aalborg, Denmark


Sculpture Bienale, Interdimensionale, Copenhagen, Denmark

Renderings/Synliggørelser, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark

Inherited Sentiment, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, United States


14th Media Arts Biennial of Chile, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile

Cosmic Existence, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark

Drawing Show, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, United States

Every Womans Biennale, New York, United States

Crazy Matter, group show featuring contemporary sculpture with C. Overvad Hansen, M. Kølbæk Iversen & A. Myntekær, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark


Cool, Calm and Collected, Aros, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark


Yell, Nicolaj Bergmann, Tokyo, Japan


Trust me if you can’t, Sabsay, Copenhagen, Denmark

Repeating Patterns, Fundacion MNAC Montenmedio, Spain

Fundacion Valentin de Madarigada, Andalusia, Spain

Afterimage, InCube Art Space, New York, United States

Sneak a Peak, Chelsea Residential, New York, United States


Breathing Project, School of Visual Arts, SVA, New York, United States


How am I, Kastrupgårdsamlingen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Copenhagen Art Fair, Gallery Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark

Artist+Artist, Gallery Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark


Copenhagen Art Fair, Gallery Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark


Reality on Fire, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States

Your Documents Please, Galeria Ajolote Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico

Different Lives, La 20 Edición de la Biennal D’Eivissa, Museu D’Art Contemporani, Spain

Triangle Project, Different Lives, Danish Consulate, New York, United States

Gershwin Hotel, New York, United States

Grounded – Was Man Meant to Fly, ABC No Rio, New York, United States


Fill in Blank Spaces, Gallery Karsi sanat Calismalari, Istanbul, Turkey

Your Documents Please, ITAMI, (Museum of Arts and Crafts) Hygo, Japan

Zaim Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan

2B Gallery, Budapest IX, Hungary


Kunstnernes Sommerudstilling, Janus Bygningen, The Art Museum of West Jutland (Juried Group Show), Tistrup, Denmark

DCFK, Filosofgangen, The Exhibition Hall of Funen Academy for Art and Design (Juried Group Show), Odense, Denmark


BAC, Festival Internacional de Barcelona, Spain



Kirsebærteltet, Folekvarteret, Valby, Denmark, Supported by Valby Lokaludvalg


Public installation at Horsens Town Hall, funded by Hede-Nielsen Fonden


Lets Play, MPP, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark


The Core, Gentofte Hospital, Gentofte, Denmark

Towards a whole Picture, IKL, Copenhagen Business School. Frederiksberg, Denmark

Beam Me Up, Ballerup Hovedbibilotek, Ballerup, Denmark, (Not realized)


Planes of Thought, LPF, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark


The Shape of Us – New Materialism with contributions by i.e.: Barbara Pollack, Maria Kappel Blegvad, Daniel Hjort, Natalia Gutman, Richard Vine and Emilia Van Hauen

Re-Sounding Organ, Natalie Gutmann, CCA Andratx, Spain

Mnemoric Archive, Barbara Pollack, Beijing

Tribe, Richard Vine, Beijing

Searching for a Mother, Claus Hagedorn-Olsen, Horsens Kunstmuseum

Ressurection, Julie Horne Møller, Kuben, Horsens Kunstmuseum

Searching for a Mother, Palau La Virreina Centre de Imagen, Barcelona

The Core, Angelika Dahl-Serritzlev, Gentofte Hospital

Site-Seeing, Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, Traneudstillingen

How Am I – Danish and Indian contemporary Art, catalogue, Trine Ross, Else Marie Bukdahl & Anirudh Chari, Kastrupgårdsamlingen


The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark

MANA Contemporary, New York, USA

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Horsens Artmeseum, Denmark

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chile