Opening in our London gallery throughout June is the latest solo exhibition from former Vivienne Westwood designer turned uber-cool artist Magnus Gjoen.
‘Break Glass For A New Beginning’ marks a showcase of an entire new body of work from Magnus and for the first time, proudly, the chance to buy original and unique artworks by Gjoen.
The exhibition, which is being held at our Soho gallery and runs throughout June, serves up Magnus’s unique brand of art in the form of fine bone china ceramics, fibreglass sculpture as well as Gjoen's more renowned medium – the limited edition. It is the re-imagining of Genesis and the Resurrection for our modern age. This exhibition is Exodus for Generation-X.
For Magnus, having recently left the fashion industry, where he worked for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, the ‘Break Glass...’ exhibition has been a major opportunity to absorb and utilise our Soho gallery space, offering a platform to develop a genuine concept for an exhibition.
His fashion background infuses Gjoen’s art, re-thinking old concepts and re-interpreting them for the contemporary climate. He has produced a cohesive body of work that brings a touch of punk-sensibility to the art tradition.
Working to shed new light on past treasures, Magnus’ work alters the relationship between the viewer and their preconceived notions of objects; something that is ostensibly powerful and destructive is transfigured into beautiful and fragile objects of art, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself.
Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, Gjoen creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces, questioning the correlation between religion, war, beauty, destruction and art. His art works are at once uplifting and damning; this is salvation for a godless generation.
Magnus Gjoen was born in London to Norwegian parents and was brought up in Lausanne Switzerland. His love for art was re-ignited in high-school in Copenhagen, where he took a special interest in Renaissance portraiture but also contemporary Danish artists. Painting with oils and acrylics but also experimenting with graffiti and other mediums.
Check out our video of Magnus Gjoen himself giving a behind the scenes tour of his personal highlights from the show: