Jens Christian Skou celebrated with Erik A. Frandsen portrait at Aarhus University

Press releases 2008

On the occasion of Nobel Prize winner Jens Christian Skou’s 90th birthday on Wednesday 8 October, Aarhus University has commissioned the Danish artist Erik A. Frandsen to execute a portrait of Skou. The work – in the form of a Venetian glass mosaic – is being carried out in Pietrasanta, Italy. The portrait has just been commissioned and will be hung next spring in connection with the works the same artist is doing for the New Carlsberg Foundation and the university. These were commissioned earlier this year for a refurbished building that is an extension of the Student House on the corner of the Aarhus streets Langelandsgade and Fredrik Nielsens Vej.

Erik A. Frandsen is one of the most distinctive contemporary Danish artists with a style and forms of expression that cover a wide scope. His Venetian glass mosaics thus represent a form of artistic expression that is more than a thousand years old, and one that Frandsen embarked on a few years ago. As regards motifs, the works are based on everyday events and the present. These include flowers, boxing gloves, children bathing, Spider-Man – and now indeed a portrait of a Nobel Prize winner.

Interested in art

Ninety-year-old Skou is both pleased and proud of the project. He and is wife are particularly interested in art, and the portrait has given him an opportunity to meet an artist he finds very interesting.

“I regard the portrait as a great honour, and I’m also glad that it’s Erik A. Frandsen doing the work. He’s a pleasant person to be with and I’m very impressed, especially by his fantastic mosaics, but also by his works with etchings in steel,” says Skou.

Art at Aarhus University

Aarhus University has a long tradition for collaborating with the most distinctive contemporary artists. The university has one of the largest collections in the city – much of which was acquired in connection with building projects – and works of many artists, such as Egill Jacobsen and Jens Birkemose, are featured on its yellow brick walls. Most recently, Per Kirkeby completed the imposing ceiling painting in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres in 2001, but the mural from 1963, hanging in the Hornung Room ( Hornungstuen ) in the Student House, invokes attention in this context.

About Erik A.Frandsen

  • Born 1957.
  • Represented in museums including the Danish National Gallery, Louisiana, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg Museum of Art and Horsens Museum of Art, as well as a number of museums abroad.
  • Awarded the Eckersberg Medal.
  • Most recently in focus at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 2007 ( The Real. Unnaturalism ).
  • Currently represented from Thursday 9 October 2008 with a retrospective exhibition at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. Jens Christian Skou will be present at the opening celebration.

More information

Rector Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Aarhus University, tel. +458942 1141


Anders Correll

public relations officer

af@adm.au.dk