Alexander Tovborg, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2016

Alexander Tovborg

Alexander Tovborg

Beyond Devotion

May 21 – July 2, 2022

Alexander Tovborg

Sacrificial Love

March 23 – May 1, 2021
Los Angeles

Alexander Tovborg

the symbol has resurrected

September 15 – October 28, 2017
New York

Alexander Tovborg

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

November 12 – December 17, 2016
Los Angeles

The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras
November 5 – December 23, 2015
Los Angeles


Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983, Copenhagen, Denmark) studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark. Painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance share equal space in Tovborg’s multidisciplinary practice that explores the roles that religion and mythology play in human identity and the world we inhabit. His research into the origins and contemporary iterations of symbology, mysticism, and religious archetypes has yielded varied bodies of work that span subjects such as the hallucinogenic and erotic first meeting of Adam and Eve, the lost adolescence of Jesus Christ, and a wedding procession of paintings representing the marriage of heaven and hell, among other examples.

Tovborg’s work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions including The Deity and its Creators, Rudolph Tegner Museum & Statue Park, Dronningmølle, Denmark (2019); Knight of Faith, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016); The Rape of Europha, State of Concept, Athens, Greece (2016); Bocca Baciata, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); Teenage Jesus, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany (2012); and Tre, Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark (2011). Selections of his oeuvre have been featured in institutional group exhibitions including at the Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2020); 9th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden (2017); Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark (2016); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2013); and the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico (2012). At Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA in 2015, Tovborg's work was included in The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, a rereading of the Cobra postwar movement curated by Alison M. Gingeras. Tovborg's work is represented in the public collections of the ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museet for Religiøs Kunst, Lemvig, Denmark.

Selected Works


Mousse Magazine | Alexander Tovborg in Conversation with Francesca Astesani from the Publication "Alexander Tovborg: The Church"


Frieze: Alexander Tovborg’s Spiritual Yearning


Louisiana Channel: Alexander Tovborg: Welcome to the Mystery


Hyperallergic: Alexander Tovborg Seeks the Sacred in the Aesthetic


Alexander Tovborg: The Church | Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark


Geijutsu Shincho: Poetic and Private Madonna and Child by Alexander Tovborg


Related Publications

Alexander Tovborg: The Church

Alexander Tovborg: Sacrificial Love Beyond Devotion

Alexander Tovborg: MAMMON

Alexander Tovborg: Bocca Baciata

The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and its Legacy

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