Alexander Tovborg's The Deity and its Creators at Rudolph Tegner Museum & Statue Park presents paintings created specifically for the exhibition space. Entering into a dialogue with the Danish sculptor Rudolph Tegner's work, Tovborg focuses on one piece in particular that has served as a great source of inspiration–a graphite work from which the exhibition borrows its name. Although never formally completed, Tegner's "The Deity and its Creators" generated a motif that the artist would revisit throughout his practice. With this exhibition, Tovborg brings Tegner's incomplete work into being.
Like Tegner, Tovborg is interested in myths and religious symbols. The exhibition consists of ten large-scale paintings, arranged in two rows facing each other–a spatial course signaling a motif found in religious tales, a linear narrative indicating transformation and change in the protagonist. Tovborg's works function in reaction to the symbolism found in Tegner's sketches and sculptures–deities perched on hilltops and laymen in spiritual revelation. Via an installation design meant to enclose the viewer, this exhibitions generates a synergy between the artists, and between the viewers and the work itself.
Tovborg's work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions including 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 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 permanently installed in various public Danish institutions and is represented in the public collections of ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, Denmark; ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. The artist lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.