Pietà – Alexander Tovborg

Fauna gallery, Copenhagen, tonight will present Pietà, the solo exhibition by Alexander Tovborg. After long working hours with several assistants, the dinosaur sculpture will see the light, together with a framed drawing and a booklet of poetry, 16 pages filled with fathers, dinosaurs and memories. Not afraid of depicting the humble or the elevated, Tovborg keeps on examining man’s eternal relation to both the mundane and the spiritual.

© Alexander Tovborg

© Alexander Tovborg

Tovborg explores different genres of art including painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. He seems to find a sincere and genuine expression in religious and spiritual art that he transforms into paintings and sculptures. His work usually presents a series of figures that act almost as arch types summoned from the interplay between collective unconscious and individual imagination. Religion or perhaps more precise spirituality plays an important role in the imagining of his works.



I’m writing


my dead father


in my arms


and he bears

from the hands


a low sun

a little yellow rubber dinosaur


I am crying

like a sewing machine

of joy

© Bjørn Rasmussen

In his most recent works he has also begun to incorporate different elements of popular culture in particular music. It seems like Tovborg has found a new source of energy in the glossy products of the contemporary music industry comparative to that of spirituality and religion. Danish artist Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983) studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bilden Künste in Karlsruhe and he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagenin May 2010.


Nicolai Wallner

Special Thanks to Louis Scherfig


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