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Jens Galschiot

Survival of the Fattest is a sculpture of a small starved boy, carrying a fat woman


Jens Galschiot

"He stakes his art to defend the ethical values of our society, regardless of political, religious or economic interests. "

Jens Galschiøt, (Born 4 June 1954), is a Danish sculptor best known for the Pillar of Shame. Galschiøt moved to Odense in 1973, and in 1985 he opened a 2000 square metre combined foundry, studio, gallery Galschiøt and sculpture park.In 1990, Galschiøt, Erik Mortensen and Jean Voigt, created the sculpture The Ringwearer's Jacket, which was commissioned by the Clothing Industry’s Union of Denmark for Queen Margrethe II’s 50th birthday. Galschiøt contributed work to the Seville Expo '92.

Jens Galschiot is a very complex artist, who moves around in the main distributing frame as, Installation art , Conceptual art, Happening, Performance art and Street Art with clear references to "social sculptures" (Joseph Beuys), Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Jens Galschiot mainly works with sculptures to fight the injustice in the world, and puts them up in big squares and cities all around the world. The sculptures are mainly made in bronze and paid for with his own money.

In 1997, he created the Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong. This became the start of a series of sculptures with the same name when he created a second in Mexico in 1999 and a third in Brazil in 2000.

In 2008, Galschiøt started The Color Orange campaign against human rights violations in China. He was denied entry to Hong Kong, where he had intended to paint the Pillar of Shame orange.


Jens Galschiøt er dansk billedhugger.

Han bruger dele af sin kunst til at sætte fokus på den globale ubalance igennem internationale kunsthappening.
F.eks 22 tons svinehundeskulpturer i alle europæiske storbyer (1992). Otte meter høje Skamstøtter opstiller i Hong kong, mexico og Brasilien m.m.

Galschiøt har et stort fabriksområde i Odense, med bronzestøberier, gallerier og værksteder hvor de mange aktiviteter udgår fra. Happeningerne financeres ved salg af Jens Galschiøts bronzeskulpturer til kunstsamlere

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