Museum for Papirkunst Exhibit Features American Paper Artists

  • October 07, 2021
  • October 14, 2021
  • Museum For Papirkunst - Blokhus, Denmark


Paper is strong, but it is also fragile. The sculptures in the exhibition show both sides and evoke an immediate existential reflection in the viewer.

Paper sculptures of the human body are the focal point of a new exhibition at the Museum of Paper Art which opens in October. The four participating internationally acclaimed paper artists work with paper sculptures of the human body in their own way: 

Will Kurtz (US) wallpapers and pap-machers his giant sculptures of local New Yorkers using the New York Times and depicts the conditions of the crooked existences of the western metropolis.

Photo: Will Kurtz surrounded by his paper sculptures, which he builds in New York Times newsprint. He finds inspiration in the streets of New York, the ordinary American, the ugly and random encounters between people.

Photo: Will Kurtz ’sculptures are unpretentious in the motifs, but so well executed that it tends to be scary. The figures are large enough for a grown man to look them in the eye, but it is only in meeting them that you really understand who they and you are.

Warren King (US) builds his human figures in brown cardboard and tells stories of ancestors, traditions, migration and human wisdom.

Photo: With charm and presence, Warren King depicts his family's traditions and migration history from China to the United States through his paper sculptures. Make no mistake about the bare cardboard, it contains narrative power, life and immersion beyond the usual.

Felix Semper (US) turns the paper over and builds his sculptures of pop idols in horizontal layers that are hidden by the mass of the sculpture, but which are extendable and surprising. Together, the exhibition shows the diversity of the artists' use of the paper medium and its ability to tell concrete and general stories about human life and the body that make you curious and thoughtful.

Photo: Felix Semper's paper sculptures of famous hip-hop idols and figures from popular culture can be stretched and manipulated beyond recognition. The sculptures are built up in layers of paper, cut and cut by hand. The result is a new kind of paper-street art style, which with a mixture of humor and seriousness "stretches your imagination".

Vally Nomidou (GR) builds her fragile and skin-like surfaces into layers of paper materials, which form a present and poetic narrative about the human body and its experiences.

Photo: Vally Nomidou builds her women's sculptures out of paper and tells them stories about body, feeling, pain and life. Every little paper fiber vibrates so that the hairs stand up and the skin-like surfaces give you an existential feeling all the way down the back and out into the fingertips.

In the museum's Paper Workshop, you can work with paper and sculpture and tell your own story. See news about the exhibition, artist talks etc. at

The exhibition will be shown October 7, 2021 - September 25, 2022.

The exhibition is created in collaboration with exhibition architect Tina Midtgaard.

Paper Art People is supported by Region North Jutland's large cultural pool, the Obel Family Foundation, the Statens Kunstfond, the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation and the United States Embassy Copenhagen.


Visit the Nordic region's only special museum for paper art and experience a new and surprising world unfold. The museum shows both the permanent exhibition with impressive psaligraphic works by Bit Vejle and temporary exhibitions of recognized paper art, paper design and paper crafts from around the world. Many exciting activities for children in the museum's Paper Workshop and PAPER-PLANE AIRPORT BLOKHUS. Cozy Café and Museum shop.

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