HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art was inaugurated in September 2009 in a splendid new house designed by the American architect Steven Holl. Prior to that the museum was called Herning Kunstmuseum and was housed in an old shirt factory owned by Aage Damgaard. Herning Kunstmuseum was founded in 1977 when Aage Damgaard together with the municipality of Herning donated works from their collections to the museum.
The main artist of the collection is Piero Manzoni. Currently HEART owns the biggest public collection of Manzoni’s works. Most of them were created in Herning in 1960 and 1961. The Italian part of the HEART collection also contains works by Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Augusto Bonalumi, Paolo Scheggi, Mario Merz and Jannis Kounellis among others.
The second important part of HEART collection is the concrete and constructive art. HEART owns the most impressive collection of Paul Gadegaard´s works. When it comes to constructive art, HEART owns works by Richard Mortensen, Ole Schwalbe, Poul L. Andersen, Ib Geertsen, Albert Mertz, Robert Jacobsen, Knud Hvidbjerg, Jørn Larsen, Jean Dewasne and Victor Vasarely.
The HEART collection also holds works by artists from the ex-school: Per Kirkeby, Poul Gernes, Bjørn Nørgaard, Peter Bonnen, Eva Sørensen and Svend Dalsgaard. Additionally, the collection comprises the biggest amount of Ingvar Cronhammar’s sculptures in Denmark.
Contemporary Danish and international art is represented by Dennis Oppenheim, Anthony Gormley, Troels Woersel, Anita Jørgensen, Nedko Solokov, Renato Dip, Marco Evaristi, Annika Larsson, Per Bak Jensen, Mads Gamdrup, Erik Steffensen, Thorbjørn Rødland, Henrik Plenge Jacobsen, Peter Land, Martin Bigum, Mette Winckelmann, Jesper Just, Anna Barribal, Peter Holst Henckel, Christian Danielewitz, Aleksander Tovborg, Alicia Kwade, Thomas Bang, Claus Carstensen and John Kørner.
Photo: Steen Gyldendal