Per Kirkeby was born in 1938 in Copenhagen, where he lived and worked until his death in 2018. In 1962 he joined the Eksperimenterende Kunst-skole (Experimental Art School) in Copenhagen where he worked with painting, graphics, 8-mm film and happenings throughout the decade. Later he received his master’s degree in Guaternary Arctic Geology from the University of Copenhagen.
Selected solo exhibitions include Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Germany (2018); Schloss Gottorf, Germany (2018); Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2018); Franz Marc Museum, Germany (2017); Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen (2016); Læsø Kunsthal, Denmark (2016); La Maison du Danemark, Paris (2015); Glypoteket, Copenhagen (2012); Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf (2009); Tate Modern, London (2009); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2008). Group exhibitions include Nanjing University of the Arts, Jiangsu (2019); Stiftung Blickachsen, Germany (2018); Scandinavia House, New York (2018); Museum Jorn, Denmark (2015); Kunsthalle Emden, Germany (2014); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2013). He also participated in the 37th Venice biennale, 1976.
His work can be found in the collections of MoMA, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; ARoS, Denmark.