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Published: 8/31/2010

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Dylan’s Art Exhibition To Feature New Paintings

Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
Published: August 17, 2010


We suppose an exhibition of paintings by Bob Dylan could depict anything from Einstein disguised as Robin Hood to a fight between Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot — and that’s just if he sticks to the lyrics of his song “Desolation Row.” So what will visitors to Mr. Dylan’s show at the Danish National Gallery in Copenhagen actually see when it opens there next month? As Kaspar Monrad, the museum’s curator and director, told Agence France-Presse, the works will include paintings of Brazil, like the one above, containing “scenes from daily life in the cities, the slums and the countryside in Brazil where Bob Dylan has been several times.” The exhibition, which will run at the museum (known locally as the Statens Museum for Kunst) from Sept. 4 through Jan. 30, was announced last year. The museum said on Monday that it would include 40 acrylic paintings and 8 drawings created by Mr. Dylan specifically for the show. Mr. Monrad said the paintings, whose subjects also include a familiarly Dylan-esque array of gypsies, gangsters and politicians, were “inspired by American realism from the start of the 20th century” and a “deep affinity” with painters like Matisse. In a statement Mr. Dylan simply said, “It was an honor to be asked and a thrilling challenge” to create the works.