Sophia Kalkau

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Sophia Kalkau
Born1960 (age 62–63)
EducationRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Sophia Kalkau (born 1960) is a Danish artist, who works in a variety of media including writing, photography, sculpture and installation. Sophia Kalkau has studied Art History at Copenhagen University and holds a degree in Art Theory from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She is the author of numerous publications on aesthetics.[1][2]


In the center of Kalkau's art stands a critical, open dialogue that researches vocabularies of material and form around the female body through a photographic work. In a repetitive act of merging, binding and combining human figures and geometrical objects Kalkau formulates an artistic narrative of surface continuity and spatial organization.

A key characteristic of her oeuvre is a conceptual approach to contemporary sculpture that she serially explores through her own body. Kalkau's interest in physical, cognitive and perceptive transitions materializes frequently in a scenographic performative gesture that she records through serial photographic prints. Kalkau's photographic work defies an unambiguous reading and invites the viewer to various interpretations.

Art in public space in selection[edit]

  • 2021 "Fra himlen fra havet – Portaler til poesi", Forensic department of Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans, Roskilde.
  • 2016 "Marmorstelen", Grøndalskirken, Copenhagen.[3]
  • 2016 "Det Ægyptiske Æg", Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.[4]
  • 2015 "Another Way of Watching", Slotsvase. Palsgaard Slot, Juelsminde, Denmark.
  • 2013-2015 "Cirklen, Kurven, Bladet". The New University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark.
  • 2012 "Black Column". Pier project Søndergaard, Ballerup, Denmark.
  • 2011 "Atrium". Hospice Djursland, Rønde, Denmark.
  • 2010/2011 "Lenticula". The historic site of Skibelund Krat, Denmark.
  • 2005 "Quadrature of the Moon". The Royal Danish Academy Architecture Library. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2003 "Black Lines". Vejleåparken, Ishøj, Denmark.

Public collection in selection[edit]

  • SMK - National Gallery of Denmark[5]
  • New Carlsberg Foundation
  • Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art Aalborg[6]
  • Arken Denmark[7]
  • Horsens Kunstmuseum
  • Museet for Fotokunst
  • AROS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
  • Vejlemuseerne
  • Vejen Kunstmuseum
  • KØS – Museum of Art in Public Spaces

Books and Publications[edit]

  • 2019 "STOFFET OG ÆGGET", Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg.[8]
  • 2017 "LINE OF CIRCLES", Author Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Helle Brøns, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
  •  2014 "SOLEN ER HVID" author Ursula Andkjær Olsen.
  • 2011 "Sophia Kalkau - efter ægget : en konstellation af værker fra 1999 til i dag". Author Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Editor and Author Claus Hagedorn-Olsen. Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
  • 2010 "Sophia Kalkau : Tæt på, langt ude = Close up, far out". Author: Mikkel Bogh, Camilla Jalving and Flemming Friborg. Kalkaus Forlag.
  • 2009 “PART OF THE MILL”, Maison du Danemark, Paris.
  • 2008 "Dog and Die", Sophia Kalkau, publisher Brandt, Odense.
  • 2007 FRA HEXA TIL VASEN, New Carlsberg Glyptotek.
  • 2002 Hun og jeg og dyrene : prosastykker. Author Sophia Kalkau. Publisher Borgen.
  • 2000 Månespil, Author Sophia Kalkau, Publisher Borgen.


  1. ^ "Artist: Sophia Kalkau" (in Danish). Kunstindeks Danmark. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ Jespersen, Flemming. "Sophia Kalkau" (in Danish). Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  3. ^ Grøndalskirkens menighedsråd / Den Frie Udstillingsbygning (March 2022). "Om dansk kunst".
  4. ^ Sophia Kalkau, KØS Museum for Art in Public Space (March 2022). "Det Ægyptiske Æg, 2016".
  5. ^ Collection of National Galerie of Art, Denmark (SMK) (March 2022). " search Sophia Kalkau".
  6. ^ Ny Carlsbergfondet (March 2022). "Works of Sophia Kalkau".
  7. ^ Arken Museum of Modern Art (March 2022). "Sophia Kalkau in Arken's Collection".
  8. ^ Sophia Kalkau - stoffet og ægget (March 2022). "National Library Denmark".