Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983, Copenhagen, Denmark) studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark. Painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance share equal space in Tovborg’s multidisciplinary practice that explores the roles that religion and mythology play in human identity and the world we inhabit. His research into the origins and contemporary iterations of symbology, mysticism, and religious archetypes has yielded varied bodies of work that span subjects such as the hallucinogenic and erotic first meeting of Adam and Eve, the lost adolescence of Jesus Christ, and a wedding procession of paintings representing the marriage of heaven and hell, among other examples.
Tovborg’s work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions including The Deity and its Creators, Rudolph Tegner Museum & Statue Park, Dronningmølle, Denmark (2019); Knight of Faith, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016); The Rape of Europha, State of Concept, Athens, Greece (2016); Bocca Baciata, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Teenage Jesus, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany (2012); and Tre, Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark (2011). Selections of his oeuvre have been featured in institutional group exhibitions including at the Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2020); 9th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden (2017); Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark (2016); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2013); and the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico (2012). At Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA in 2015, Tovborg's work was included in The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, a rereading of the Cobra postwar movement curated by Alison M. Gingeras. Tovborg's work is represented in the public collections of the ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark.
Alexander Tovborg: Sacrificial Love Beyond Devotion
Alexander Tovborg: MAMMON
Alexander Tovborg: Bocca Baciata
The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and its Legacy