Bjørn Okholm Skaarup: Carnival of the Animals at the Bruce

Carnival of the Animals is Danish sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s first American museum exhibition, presenting a contemporary bestiary in bronze. Each of the 20 animal sculptures on view offers a whimsical story or allegory to decipher, inspired by ancient fables, art history, or modern animation.

These indoor and outdoor sculptures display the vanishing art of large-scale bronze casting at its most versatile. They are at once accessible to young art enthusiasts, and rewarding to longtime students of art history.

The exhibition runs from Oct. 31-Jan. 3, at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich.

About the Artist

Born in Rudkøbing, Denmark in 1973, Bjørn Okholm Skaarup was an artist at the Danish National Museum, Copenhagen from 1994-2004, before moving to Florence and receiving a PhD from the European University Institute in 2009. While in Florence, he studied the work of Renaissance sculptors Donatello, Cellini, and Giambologna. He also wrote and illustrated books on history, archaeology, and anatomy. In 2012, Okholm Skaarup was commissioned by the Koldinghus Museum, Kolding, a former Danish royal residence, to create four large reliefs depicting scenes from the life of Christian IV of Denmark. In 2015, the Collectivité of St. Barth acquired a suite of ten animal sculptures for public display throughout the island. Okholm Skaarup’s sculptures have been exhibited at the Koldinghus Museum, Kolding; Museo del Cenacolo di Ognissanti, Florence; the Four Seasons Hotel, Florence; and Hotel Cipriani, Venice. Bjørn Okholm Skaarup lives and works in New York City. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, The Majestic Lion, 2008. Bronze with green patina with jasper and la pis lazuli.

Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, The Majestic Lion, 2008. Bronze with green patina with jasper and la pis lazuli.

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