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The Ib Geertsen Estate

If you talk about art that moves, about actual movement in art, you are talking about mobiles. But you cannot talk about mobiles without talking about Ib Geertsen.

A significant part of Ib Geertsen's oeuvre has become synonymous with light, independently balanced sculptures of wire and the like, that float as drawings in the room where they have been hung. Geertsen calls them 'drawings in the air', because this is what they are. He first started making these three-dimensional 'drawings' around 1950.

In the mobiles Ib Geertsen has united and condensed the shapes most commonly used in his nonfigurative painting: the curved or round sequence (at times also the drop), and the broken lines, tied to each other in small nodes or axles. The artistic challenge – for the artist – is to create an asymmetrical shape that works visually and is simultaneously perfectly balanced, so that it revolves around its own axis if you as much as look at it. It is this quiet movement that makes the mobile mindful. It reacts to its surroundings, like to its audience.

From text by Peter Michael Hornung
Translated by Lotte Follin

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available works mobiles
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biography (PDF) Geertsen – In Triple Time, memorial exhibition 2009


mobiles


  Roger Ballen (US/ZA)

Thomas Bangsted (DK/US)

Claus Carstensen

The Ib Geertsen Estate

Gudrun Hasle

Henrik Menné

Mogens Møller

Mie Mørkeberg

Allan Otte

Krista Rosenkilde

Dan Schein (US)

Jeffrey Silverthorne (US)

Christian Skeel

Anna Sørensen

Christian Vind

The Richard Winther Photographic Estate
  Ib Geertsen
Rund drejeskulptur (Round Mobile)
1986
iron and aluminium
60 cm diameter
(I.G 1366)



  Ib Geertsen
Rund drejeskulptur (Round Mobile)
1986
iron and aluminium
60 cm diameter
(I.G 1366)




  Ib Geertsen
Rund drejeskulptur (Round Mobile)
1986
iron and aluminium
60 cm diameter
(I.G 1366)




  Ib Geertsen
Komposition (Composition)
1998
iron and aluminium
H 65 cm, 120 cm diameter
(I.G. 1614)



  Ib Geertsen
Rund Gul (Round Yellow)
1990
iron and aluminium
H 70 cm, 200 cm diameter
(I.G. 1465)



  Ib Geertsen
Bevægelse (Movement)
1981
iron and aluminium
H 42 cm, diameter 70 cm
(I.G. 1192)



  Ib Geertsen
Gul Gul (Yellow Yellow)
2003
iron and aluminium
H 55 cm, 70 cm diameter
(I.G. 1700)



  Ib Geertsen
PAVANE II
1992, iron and aluminium
H 75 cm, 100 cm diameter
(I.G.1512)



  Ib Geertsen
Dreje Skulptur (Turning Sculpture)
1986
iron and aluminium
H 95 cm, 110 cm diameter
(I.G. 1376)



  Ib Geertsen
Bevægelig Form (Movable Form)
1992
iron and aluminium
H. 50x50 cm
(I.G. 149213)



  Ib Geertsen
Komposition IV (Composition IV)
1998
iron and aluminium
H 70 cm, 120 cm diameter
(I.G.1616)



  Ib Geertsen
Tegning i luft (Drawing in Air)
1975
iron and aluminium
H 35 cm, 40 cm diameter
(I.G. 1023)



  Ib Geertsen
Tegning i luft (Drawing in Air)
1987
iron and aluminium
H 30 cm, 50 cm diameter
(I.G. 1401)




  Ib Geertsen
Tegn IV (Sign/Draw IV)
1983
aluminium
H 125 cm, 190 cm diameter
(I.G. 1297)



  Ib Geertsen
RUND (ROUND)
2005,
iron and aluminium
H 105, 140 cm diameter
(I.G. 1718)



  Ib Geertsen
Dobbelt Form (Double Form)
1951
aluminium
H 98 cm, 299 cm diameter
(I.G. 1188)
 

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