Postmodernism ushered in a general break with the self-referential practices of Modernism, and that break is a key part of the background for the production of art today.
It was a leap forward that changed discourses on art and the conditions on which art is created and perceived. Today, the very concept of ‘painting’ has been expanded: it is no longer simply concerned with ‘pigments on canvas’; rather, painting is a field of art that takes a critical view of its own tradition and complexities.
When considering questions of theory and content, painting is no longer solely concerned with its historical context; it is part of a contemporary discourse on theory and media.
Purely formal analysis of painting is no longer an adequate response in itself, which means that discussions on painting must be wider in scope. Today, it would be possible to describe painting as a form of conceptual art or as readymades.
The teaching principles
The objective of the School of Painting is to create a forum where art becomes research. A creative, active scene where students explore the function and uses of paintings.
Students should become able to account for their own art, both orally and in writing, thereby building a firm grasp of contemporary art in general. They should also be able to present and communicate their opinions and insights in group settings.
Emphasis is placed on individual tutorials, where comprehensive analysis of the student’s practice and relationship with contemporary art is used as the basis for discussions. Here, students will build their ability to relate to their own choices and modes of expression in a critical and reflected way.
Critical analysis in groups is a major aspect of the teaching. At each group session one or more works by students and/or other artists will be discussed.
The process may involve guest lecturers and other visitors: we offer a wide range of lectures given by artists and theorists, and such speakers may also be invited to take part in group critiques and workshops.
Excursions and study trips to relevant exhibitions in Denmark and abroad are a key part of the teaching. So too are exchange programmes and networking with art institutions abroad.
The teaching mainly takes place in Danish, supplemented by English.