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Eli Benveniste & Pit Wagner

22.VI. – 10.VII. 2022

Wednesday to Sunday 14:00-18:00


19.VI.2022 @ 15:00


Simon Hoffmann (piano)

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Pit Wagner

Born in Luxembourg 1954

Visual Artist
Drawings - Printmaking - Etching - Illustration -  painting - Books - Environments

"Shoes adapt to the shape of the bearers feet, and to the way they are used. Worn shoes have specific forms and they have an individual character, shared with the owner.

It is hard for me to throw away the companions that protected my feet and were a part of me during walks through cities, fields, forests and countries that stay in my memory and became part of my personality. Drawing and painting them as an homage to their help and the time spent together makes it easier to let them go.

Walking is a meditation. The rhythm of the steps set energies free and stimulates thinking. To stay a while on a spot somewhere and to draw the place and what draws your attention in that place is another kind of meditation. It is a way to melt down and become part of the landscape. To draw means to contemplate. You take the time to be there. You look at things, discover links between shapes, colors, lines, light and ambiance. The plants, the stones, the ground, the air, and your shoes at the fringe of the image. Sometimes I feel like translating the sketches in big and in color. I work barefoot whenever the conditions allow it."

Pit Wagner, 2022

Pit Wagner loves to seize and interpret subjects that require a quick understanding of the situation.        
He captures the instant on paper, from street life and animals in motion, to courtroom drawings and moving subjects in general. He draws live in rehearsals, translating sound into pictures.
Bamboo, quill and reed pens, China inks, washed and combined with watercolors are his main tools for illustration. Working on the go, sketches from abroad find their way into travelogues. Drawing is storytelling.
​Intaglio, woodcut and mixed techniques allow him limitless experiments and means of expression in printmaking.
Studies: Graphic design and illustration at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam from 1976 to 79. 


Eli Benveniste

Born April 4, 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

First Exhibition, 1988 at Veksølund Sculpture Parks summer exhibitions, until 2010

Member of the Danish Artists’ Association “Koloristerne” since 1995.

"To me a foot is a kind of sculpture in itself, it has this particular triangular form, similar to the rhythm a conductor draws in the air, with his baton.

A form which closes upon itself in a very natural way. I discovered feet could be turned upside down, stand, lay and be distorted in every way and be expressive even with a few touches.

A piece turned out to be a refugee’s foot; a foot that had walked thousands of miles, tired and hardened and marked by the many steps taken under heavy burdens. Apparently, it was not necessary to make a whole body, let alone a face, to express a condition or situation; it could all be contained in there, abstract and yet recognizable at the same time.

Lately I am making ballet feet. Hence the optimistic pink color.

As they can’t stand on their own tip toe, I had to make their better half and they became a pair - etudes.

The fact they were a pair, suggested some pretty wild compositions and sculpturally that's where it started to get really interesting, because something new, which I hadn’t expected, came up due to the pure necessity.

I showed the first series of feet at Gallery Klein on Bornholm in Denmark during the summer of 2020, and intended to show a continuation of the series later in Copenhagen last year. The pandemic made sure this and many other things didn’t happen. - I think we all got a bit used to a life of events that didn’t happen. But my husband, Jorgen Haugen Sorensen’s death happened and it is only now, half a year later I have started to touch clay again.

I am thankful for the challenge to start to work again, work being my best defence, Jorgen once told me, and I am finishing the series with two bigger pieces that will complement the exhibition.

There is a phrase which says “To take a step in the right direction”. I hope this event will be a next step into a new life, a possibility to turn the arrow in the air and retrieve the delicate balance I once had between two people, now on my own."

Eli Benveniste, 2022

Individual Exhibitions:

2022    New Steps, Veiner Konstgalerie, Luxembourg

2021    The Show Must Go On – Portraits of friends" in Sala delle Grasce, Pietrasanta,

            Italia, in collaboration with Paola Raffo Arte Contemporanea 

            Feet, in collaboration with Paola Raffo Arte Contemporanea 

2020    Eli Benveniste and Jorgen Haugen Sorensen on Gunillaberg, Sweden

            Feet, Gallery Klein, Bornholm Denmark

2013    Espacio Escultorico La Telearaña, Oax, Mexico t.w. sculptor Jørgen Haugen Sørensen

2013    Shadow of Clouds, Galerie Birch, Copenhagen

2012    Sightseeing Tourist, Galeria Spazio 6, Verona, Italy

2011    Ego, Galerie Jacob Asbæk.

2011    All the Things Unsaid, Svanekegaarden, Bornholm. Catalogue.

2010    All the Things Unsaid, Galleri Claus Christensen, Copenhagen

2008    Galleri Profilen, Århus, t.w. sculptor Jørgen Haugen Sørensen

2008    The Eternal Now, Art Centre Silkeborg Baths, and

2007    The Eternal Now Sophienholm, t. w. photographer Kirsten Klein. Catalogue

2005    Patterns, an anonymous memory, Galleri Veggerby, t. w. Trine Ellitsgaard

2003    JHS and Eli in Brøndsalen, Frederiksberg and later in:

            Politikens Forhal, Copenhagen t. w. sculptor Jørgen Haugen Sørensen

2002    Água Passada, Museu da Água – Reservatório da Patriacal, Lisbon, Portugal.

2001    Eli Benveniste, Rødovre Library, Denmark.

2001    Galerie Ægidius, Randers, Denmark. t.w. painter Jacob Haugen Sorensen

2000    Eli Benveniste, Holstebro Museum of Art, Denmark, in connection with

            award of prize – The Astrid Noack Travelling Fellowship.

1997    The Replaceable, Galerie Anne Marie, Copenhagen, Denmark. Catalogue

Collective Exhibitions:

2023    Koloristerne. (In 2021 the group exhibition of the Koloristerne was cancelled due to covid)

2020    CAMeC La Specia

2018    Triennale di Milano. BAU

2016    Scripture on the wall – Eli in Absentia, R2 Galleri Bornholm

2014    Lystens Strukturer Plates, Ornamental tales, R2 Galleri Bornholm

2013    Lights over Lolland, Pederstrup Manor, Lolland Falster

2012    Koloristerne, Bornholm Kunstmuseum

2011    The open Mind, The Library Hall in the Round Tower

2010    Across the Divide, Ny Tap, Carlsberg Buildings, Valby

2008    Exhibition of drawings in Verona, at Grafiche Aurora

2006    A Step in the Right Direction, Gl. Holtegaard

2005    Cosa Guardi? Aurora Project Una collezione d’Arte Contemporanea, Verona Italy

2005    Labyrinths – The Room of Art, Charlottenborg Exhibition Centre, Copenhagen

2004    Stokrosebanden, Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland

2002    Galleri Veggerby, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1996    Palazzo Ducale, Calabria, Italy.

1994    Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark.

1991    An Idea Takes Form, Kunstmuseet Køge Skitsesamling, Denmark


Koloristerne at The Free Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark: 1993-1995; 1997-1999; 2001; 2004;

2006; 2009-2010; 2012 at Bornholm Art Museum; 2015 in The Round Tower; March 2019 at the

Free Exhibition. In 2021 the exhibition of the Koloristerne was cancelled due to covid.


Veksølund Sculpture Park, Denmark: 1988; 1991-1996; 1999 –2004; 2008, 2010,

Public collections:

2014    Cosmos and Chaos, relief for Odsherred Library.

2008    No Shadows without Light, Commision in glass, to the Lundsgaards Auditorium at

            The Panuminstitute, Copenhagen.

2005    Fragile Moments, Commision in glass for The Maritime and Commercial Court,


2001    The Fall, Bronze sculpture for Rødovre Townhall, Danmark.

1999    Glass Sculpture, purchased by the Danish Arts Foundation for The Muscular Atrophy

            Foundation, Korsør, Denmark.

1994    Hidden Memory, Brick sculpture for the municipality of Broager, DK.

1992    Open Doors, Special open-air assignment for the Danish Arts Foundation: mounting

            of the fountain sculpture in Valby, Denmark. Now at The Allerød Sculpture Park, Denmark

             with help from The Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond.

Film and Video:

1993    Co-director of the film “An Experience Less”. A portrait of the sculptor Jørgen Haugen

            Sørensen in co-operation with, The Danish Film Institute.       "An Experience Less"

2016    Writing on the Wall; Eli in absentia, 2016; Looking Sideways

2011    A Matter of Empathy

1997    How Happy we Were
2010    The Colossus of Amager by Jørgen Haugen Sørensen

Grants and awards:

Several works have been purchased by the Danish Arts Foundation and by the Swedish

National Art Council. Represented also at the National Gallery of Denmark

2009    Grosserer L.F.Foghts Fond

2007    Purchase by the Danish Arts Foundation. Hvor var vi lykkelige

2007    Work endowment from the Danish Arts Foundation

2006    Project support from The Danish Arts Council

2006    Work endowment from The Danish Arts Foundation

2005    Grant in memory of the Billedhuggerinden Agnes Lunn

2004    Work endowment from the Danish Arts Foundation

2001    Award by the Danish Arts Foundation in connection with a “Koloristerne” exhibition, Copenhagen.

2001    Anne Marie Telmanyi born Carl-Nielsens Foundation.

2000    The Astrid Noack Travelling Fellowship

2000    Henry Heerups Legat.

1999    Jeanne og Henry Nathansens Mindelegat.

1997    August og Theodora Hassles Familie- og Kunstnerlegat.

1996    Purchase by The Danish Arts Foundation, The Borrebog man

1996    Work endowment from the Danish Arts Foundation

1995   Purchase by The Danish Arts Foundation Idealistic Intention.

1994   Purchase by The Swedish National Art Council, Conversations with a modern human beeing.

1995    Konsul Georg Jorcks Fond.

1992    Viggo Jarls Legat.

Curating exhibitions (other than my own), a selection:

2021   The Man with the Dog, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Prato

2019   The Innocent Guilty, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Veiner Konstgalerie, Vianden, Luxembourg

2013   Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Eli Benveniste, Oaxaca, Espacio Escultórico, La Telaraña,   


2013   The Black Songbook, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Bronze sculptures, Gallery Profilen, Århus

2008   Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Eli Benveniste, Gallery Profilen, Århus

2004   Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Eli Benveniste, Brøndsalen, Copenhagen

2001   Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Museum da Mae d'Agua das Amoreiras, Lissabon,

1996   Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Can Alti Mira, Barcelona 1996


Workshops since 2010:

Every spring at the Bornholm Art Museum, since 2012

Every autumn, since 2018

In connection with the workshops also curating a student exhibition after each workshop.


Bibliography, a selection:

2021, Arte: mostre, gli amici in creta dell'artista danese Eli Benveniste nella Sala delle Grasce

2021, Arte a Pietrasanta, mostra online di Eli Benveniste

2021, Qui News, Italy

2021, Trine Ross, Politiken

2019, Annette Timmermann, Bornholms Tidende

2017, Mette Zacho, Kunst på Øen Skulpturworkshop med Eli Benveniste del 1

2017, Mette Zacho, Kunst på øen med Eli Benveniste del 2

2013, Naja Bjørn Nielsen, kunsten.nu: Jagten på den perfekte bue

2012, Torben Weirup

2012, Portraitfilm by Inger Rønnenfelt
2011, Elisabeth Krogh, Bornholms Tidende
2007, Jørgen Johansen Kunstmagasinet, Det Evige Nu, Eli Benveniste & Kirsten Klein på Sophienholm og Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad


04.04. 2021, Trine Ross, Politiken, Eli Benveniste har for tiden noget med fødder, portræt 60 år.
16.03.2019, Anette Timmermann, Bornholms Tidende

15.03.2013 Gina Mejía, Arte y Cultura, El Imparcial, Oaxaca, Mexico

18.04.2011 Helene Høm, Kødets florlette leg, gauzy play of meat Bornholms Tidende

04.04. 2011, Peter Michael Hornung, Potentiale for forandring, portræt 50 år

2007  "Vi bliver klogere", 2007. Et arbejdsportræt af Eli Benveniste Video af Patricia Dave Louis
4.11. 2007 Peter Michael Hornung Politiken, Fælles om de mange nuer, Sophienholm
21.3. 2003 Peter Michael Hornung, Politiken: Frugtbart Parforhold
14.6. 2001 Gertrud Købke Sutton, Information Veksølunds Konstans.
  5.5.2000  Eva Pohl, Kunst Berlinske Tidende Eli Benveniste modtager Astrid Noacks   

                  billedhuggerlegat på Holstebro kunstmuseum - i forbindelse med udstilling

8.5. 2000 Mads Würtz gammelmark, Dagbladet Holstebro, Hun giver liv til ler

       1997 Kunstavisen Alex Steen: Flot bog om Stor-talent.

24.7.1995 Peter Michael Hornung, Politiken Veksølund, billedkunstens sværvægtere,

11.1.1995 Mai Misfeldt, Koloristerne, information

7.1.  1995 Ole Nørlyng Berlingske Tidende koloristerne

2.1.  1994 Politiken Hellen Lassen udsmykning af en bydel

25.05.1992, Alex steen, Ekstra Bladet, Mere ungdom på Veksølund

12.5. 1991 Susanne Utzon, Politiken, God kunst i råt miljø

7.6. 1991 Preben Hygum Monumenternes Mecca, Veksølund

26.7. 1988 Veksølund debut Preben Hygum information



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