V1 Gallery is pleased to present

Twenty years of V1 Gallery

Alexis Ross, Alicia McCarthy, Anika Lori, Anton Funck, Ari Marcopoulos, Asger Carlsen, Austin Lee, B. Thom Stevenson, Barry McGee, Betty Tompkins, Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Chris Duncan, Chris Johanson, Cristina de Miguel, Coline Marotta, Craig Costello, Dan Mandelbaum, Daniel Johnston, Danny Fox, Derek Aylward, Devin Troy Strother, E.B. Itso, Ed Templeton, Eine, Emma Kohlmann, Faile, Federico de Francesco, Frederik Nystrup-Larsen, Fryd Frydendahl, Futura, Geoff McFetridge, George Rouy, Grace Metzler, HuskMitNavn, Jacob Holdt, James Ulmer, Jason S. Wright, Jenny Holzer, Jeremy Shockley, JJ Manford, Jockum Nordström, John Copeland, Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen, Kasper Sonne, KAWS, Kent Iwemyr, Kingsley Ifill, Klara Lilja, Linus Bill+Adrien Horni, Loji Höskuldsson, Lulu Kaalund, Maia Ruth Lee, Marcus Leslie Singleton, Margaret Kilgallen, Matthew Stone, Maximillian Brown, Misaki Kawai, Mischa Pavlovski Andresen, Monica Kim Garza, Muzae Sesay, Nina Hartmann, Oliver Sundqvist, Peter Funch, Peter Sutherland, Richard Colman, Robert Nava, Roger Ballen, Rose Eken, Ryan Schneider, Sadie Laska, Sara-Vide Ericson, Sarah Braman, Shepard Fairey, Søren Behncke, Tal R, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Øvlisen, Todd James, Troels Carlsen, Ulrik Crone, Vincent Szarek and Wes Lang.


20 Years, more than 300 exhibitions, featuring more than 500 artists from around the world. Thousands of visitors. A community. Performances, concerts, screenings, publications, and artist talks. Dancing openings. Outrage, praise, and debate. In the centre of the periphery.

V1 XX – Twenty years of V1 Gallery gathers some of the artists who have exhibited in V1 Gallery and Eighteen over the past 20 years, artists who we have worked with in the past, those who are currently represented by us, and a selection of artists new to V1 Gallery. The exhibition mainly consists of new works, created for the occasion, in a wide variety of media with a point of departure in the A3 format (420 x 297 mm / 16.5 x 11.7 inches). Considering that points of departure are the best way to get lost, you will of course find lots of works, which do not fit this bill. This eclectic, diverse, and sprawling presentation feels like choir of voices, and a decent metaphor for the long and winding journey that we have been on as a gallery.

There is no doubt that the world is a much different place from when we began. We have strived to transform a small storefront space in Vesterbro to an international platform for contemporary art in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the trajectory of our modern world is unsure, we have found motivation in our core- and founding belief, that art has, and always will have a pivotal place in society. Today, with two separate exhibition spaces, V1 Gallery and Eighteen, we are committed to continue facilitating and disseminating beautiful, vibrant, thoughtful, joyous, critical, and provocative works of human creativity to a wide, international audience. V1 XX – Twenty years of V1 Gallery is a manifestation of our gratitude towards everyone who has been involved, a celebration of the artists, the art and the community that have been formative in creating and growing V1 Gallery. Past, present and future.

Thank you.

- Jesper Elg, Mikkel Grønnebæk & Peter Funch

V1 Gallery opened in a defunct bakery on the 22. November 2002, in Absalonsgade 21, Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded by Jesper Elg (Director and founding Partner) and Peter Funch (Artist and founding Partner, based in Paris) originally, Mikkel Grønnebæk (Co-Director and Partner) came to the first opening and stayed, officially joining the gallery in 2004. The gallery moved to a larger space in a former butchery in 2007 on Flæsketorvet 69 -71, Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2016 a new exhibition space, Eighteen, was established on Slagtehusgade 18c, Copenhagen, Denmark, to provide a different exhibition framework for the artists to explore. Today the gallery has three distinct exhibition spaces in Kødbyen (the meatpacking district) and have facilitated more than 300 exhibitions over the past twenty years.

The gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists, and is committed to introducing art, in all media, to an international audience. Seeing art as a profound and competent media for social discourse, reflections on the human condition and new ways of engaging the world, the gallery aspires to serve as a platform for art that interacts with the surrounding (global) society. V1 Gallery takes part in art fairs around the world, collaborate with museums and other art institutions and curate exhibitions in collaboration with private and public institutions.