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photo of a jazz band playing at the opening of the Naive exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark

220 BODY PAINT and The Festival of Arts


Today I thought I would share with you some of the pictures taken at Danish art exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The naive paintings show is at the Galerie Knud Grothe and on until the 4th May. painting by naive artist Ebba Kristina Wingardh

This acrylic on board painting below is called Viva La Nudie Rudie which just sold the other day.  It features the Adelaide Rundle Mall during one of our Festival of Arts that happens each year.  The people running through the mall were painted in bright block colours and were part of a French performance troupe that visited Australia as part of the Festival and were completely nude apart from being covered in a bright coloured paint.  Part of their performance was to run through the city where they were unfortunately arrested by the police for public indecency, being naked in a public place, lol.  The South Australian police obviously had no sense of humour and certainly did not understand art!  I however took great delight in this spectacle and it inspired at least 2 paintings on the subject.

Adelaide Festival of Arts, French performance artists wearing nothing but bright colored body paint

Body painted artists


This exhibition is with a very prestigious  art gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark called Galerie Knud Grothe and this Easter Exhibition is the 30 year celebration of this Naive Art show.  Knud does not do things by half so he had a Jazz Band playing, chocolate eggs by Michelsen and served lots of red wine!

photo of a jazz band playing at the opening of the Naive exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark

Jazzing it up at the Art Gallery


Gallery Knud Grothe was established in the 1970’s and is still going strong exhibiting a rich mixture of contemporary art from around the world as well as Denmark of course.  Knud says his favourite genre of art is naive paintings and he has a yearly exhibition at Easter showcasing the naive artists in his gallery.painting by naive artist Inge Selmer
naive painting of nudes

There are so many wonderful artists in this show it is impossible to feature everybody or even to feature my favorites, as there are lots.  So all I can offer is a little snapshot of the exhibition and hope that you enjoy the wonderful work of these Danish naive artists.painting by naive artist Ole Gron from Denmark


I have shared with you in another artblog that I have recently had some other art exhibitions in Copenhagen, Denmark and you may be forgiven to think that it was  GALERIE KNUD GROTHE I was exhibiting with, but no it was some other gallery and if you fancy you can read about one of them here;   177 ART EXHIBITIONS IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK & SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA Also here are a couple of blogs about Knud and his incredible generosity and the history of how my participation in this show came about; 182 GIVING PAINTINGS AS GIFTS and 180 ART AND THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS and 193 NAIVE ARTIST Walther Schaldemose


Here is a quote I love about skipping which also reflects what I think about Naive art.

“Skipping is inner joy meets outer joy.”

(Jessi Lane Adams)

My husband once told me that skipping is unbecoming for a woman past 40 but really I couldn’t care less I do it anyway!

Till next time, happy painting and sculpting to you all.

Love Marie xxx

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