All works by Mogens Møller present an interest in science, cultural history and both practical and theoretical approaches to art, which evolves around space and perception.
During the sixties Møller and a few colleagues on the Danish art scene welcomed Minimal Art; both the art theoretical questioning of modernism’s idealism and the use of materials, abstract arrangement and approach to space. From geometry’s models of reality, Mogens Møller moved towards sculpture, which related more directly to a social context e.g. mass medias simplification of a complex world.*
His works from the eighties and nineties tend to work at other levels than what takes place in a given situation. They still relate to societal issues but from a distance. In this period the comprehensive commission “Hermes and the Sfinx” was installed in a pedestrian street in the city of Odense and “Zodiac” was installed at Axel Torv in Copenhagen.
There are two extremes in the production of Mogens Møller. The light, precise and completely minimal objects, which renders mathematically abstract, spatial investigations concrete in the physical space of the viewer. Objects that function as art theoretical statements and which activates the viewer and the surroundings. The other extreme is the heavy symbolic sculptures, which refers to mythology, the great history of civilisations and which uses basic elements such as water and the shape of an egg.
These poles have in common that they involve but at the same times points further than what is personally experienced – the personal never becomes either relevant, political or art in the production of Mogens Møller.
Mogens Møller (b. 1934) was professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1989-1998. With Stig Brøgger and Hein Heinsen he initiated the School of Scale Art (1974). Mogens Møller has realised several public commissions quite a few in collaboration with Stig Brøgger and Hein Heinsen.
*Else Marie Bukdahl: Biografi Mogens Møller, Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon
left:, Mogens Møller Blå Vinkel 2009 (1966) painted steel (profiles 10x10 cm) 150 x 150 cm right: Mogens Møller Triade 2005 (1966) painted steel (profiles 5x5 cm) approx height 350 cm Both works are based on works from 1966 in painted wood (destroyed). In 1967 these works were temporarily installed in the public space of Aarhus as part of the exhibition: ”9 skulptører. En udvidelse af et bymiljø”. Private commission, Møn.
Wiedewelt 1731, 1999, Copper, bronze, granite, , H: 9,5 m , The garden of the Royal Library, Copenhagen
Mogens Møller in collaboration with Hein Heinsen and Stig Brøgger: Fredens Port, 1982, concrete, 15 m (H) , Copenhagen