Nadia Plesner

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KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid), 2013, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm.

Nadia Plesner is a Danish/Dutch painter who works and lives in the Netherlands. Plesner is working on issues that lie between the editorial and advertising and often with political undertones.[1] She trained at the Graphic Arts Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark) and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam ( the Netherlands).

KISS 2013[edit]

KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is her new campaign against the modern world and modern culture. It shows a naked Sarah Palin and Ronald McDonald acting against God's will in the Garden of Eden. The painting was first shown in Denmark and made great headlines and discussions.

Legal action by Louis Vuitton[edit]

In April 2010 Nadia Plesner was sued by Louis Vuitton for showing her controversial painting Darfurnica.[2] The painting, reproduced in the "Simple Living" T-shirts, depicts an undernourished African child holding a fashionista dog and a designer handbag resembling Louis Vuitton's Monogram Multicolore handbag. In a larger painting featuring the child, he stands in the conflict-ridden region of Darfur in Sudan. The fashion giant issued a cease and desist order for alleged copyright infringement. A Dutch court imposed daily fines of approximately 7500 US dollars. The trial attracted much international attention and several artists and celebrities supported Nadia Plesner as they believed that the case also referred to artistic expression and the right to make the world aware of international issues in an artistic way Prior to the trial was also a previous conflict in 2008 between Nadia Plesner and Louis Vuitton, which was about an artistic campaign called Simple Living. In 2011 the Dutch court reversed its decision and acquitted Nadia Plesner. Darfurnica was sold in 2011 for approximately 45.000 US dollars.[citation needed]

Work with Emergency Room[edit]

Plesner has repeatedly participated in the international artistic movement Emergency Room with Thierry Geoffroy where invited artists from all around the world participate in artistic disciplines with carefully designed rules.[3]


Beside her paintings Nadia is giving speeches about art, advertising and property rights in international forums.

  • 2013: United Nations, Geneve
  • 2013: Arken Modern Museum of Art, Denmark
  • 2013: Curated By Law, Stuttgart Germany
  • 2013: Conference on artistic freedom, Oslo Norway


  • 2013: Gallery Kik, Denmark (solo exhibition)
  • 2012: International Art Festival, Denmark (group exhibition)
  • 2011: Project 8, Denmark (group exhibition)
  • 2011: Emergency Room, Vietnam (group exhibition)
  • 2011: Oxcars, Spain (Free Culture Forum)
  • 2011: Emergency Room, Poland (group exhibition)
  • 2011: Heart Museum, Denmark (exhibition)
  • 2011: Intervention, Denmark (solo exhibition)
  • 2010: The Christmas Show, Denmark (group exhibition)
  • 2009: Artistes de Garde, Denmark (group exhibition)
  • 2008: Emergency Room, Italy (group exhibition)
  • 2008: Emergency Room, France (group exhibition).[4]

International awards[edit]

  • 2011: Nominated for the JCI Ten Outstanding Young People´s award.
  • 2011: Oxcars award.[5]
  • 2008: Cosmopolitan´s Provocateur Of The Year award [6]


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  2. ^ "Art Student Nadia Plesner's Giant Louis Vuitton Copyright Suit - The Cut". 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  3. ^ "artists". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
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  5. ^ "oXcars 2011 » Program". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
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External links[edit]

  • The Sunday Tribune [1]
  • ABC News [2]
  • FOX News [3]
  • New York Magazine [4]
  • Nadia Plesner [5]
  • KISS [6]