Early-May art 1: Flowers for a favourite son

Poul Gernes: ‘Flowers for Poul’
opened April 24; Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Flaesketorvet 85A, Cph V; bjerggaard.com

The group exhibition Flowers for Poul is opening in celebration of the 90th birthday of the Danish artist Poul Gernes (1925-1996).

Gernes, the co-founder of the experimental art school in Copenhagen, was a determined defender of the social function of art that ideally should use clear shapes and colours.

The exhibition shows some of the most popular works of Gernes, although is not only meant to solely commemorate him. It interestingly attempts to create a dialogue between Gernes and other contemporary artists.

CPH Interpretation Vol 2
ongoing, ends May 2; Galleri Poulsen, Flaesketorvet 24, Cph V; gallerypoulsen.com

Enjoy some of the best works that have been shown in New York in drawing, painting, collage and photography. Brace yourself for persistence, geekiness and innovation.

Tapia Javier: ‘High Density’
ongoing, ends May 16; Galleri Christopher Egelund, Bredgade 75, Cph K; christofferegelund.dk

The enormous collages of the Copenhagen-based Chilean artist Tapia Javier show how he personally perceives the development of the history of culture and representation.

Shinya Ishida
ongoing, ends May 23; Third Space, Skydebanegade 31, Cph V; thirdspace.dk

Japanese artist Shinya Ishida collects waste off the streets to create altar-like pieces. Shinya is not religious himself, but got inspired by the energy that people derive from their beliefs.