Niels Borch Jensen

The Archive

The archive of Niels Borch Jensen stands as a testament to a career dedicated to printmaking for over fifty years, collaborating with some of the world’s leading artists. It numbers some 4500 works – which represents one print from of every edition produced in his workshop since the mid 1980s.

 

Niels Borch Jensen printing, 2021

Niels Borch Jensen founded his Copenhagen print studio in 1979 and since that time he has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading producers and publishers of prints.

Over some 45 years Niels Borch Jensen has collaborated with more than 230 leading international artists, creating prints with luminaries such as Georg Baselitz, Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean, Carsten Höller, Tal R, Al Taylor, Julie Mehretu, William Anastasi, Per Kirkeby, Danh Vo, Ragnar Kjartansson and Huma Bhabha, amongst many others. Through this process he has amassed a comprehensive and ongoing archive comprising over 4400 works, representing a print from every edition he has produced, and it is currently valued at over 4,5 million euros.

There is a strong contingent of European artists represented in the archive, including a large proportion of works by Scandinavian artists, as well as artists from North and South America. This is due in part to Jensen’s extensive artistic network that extends from Copenhagen to Berlin, London and New York and Mexico City.

The largest holdings in the archive are works by artists with whom Borch Jensen established a long-standing collaboration over many years to create a diverse range of prints. Danish artist Per Kirkeby (1938 – 2018) was the first artist to collaborate with Niels Borch Jensen in his newly founded workshop 1979. It was here that he first experimented with colour prints, different formats and printing techniques, including the production of monotypes and monoprints. The collaboration continued for almost four decades until 2017, during which time he created the vast majority of Kirkeby’s print oeuvre – some 400 prints, making the artist one of Denmark’s most prolific printmakers.

Georg Baselitz (b.1938, Germany) has had a close and ongoing relationship with BORCH Editions since 1990, working with Niels Borch Jensen and master printer Mette Ulstrup to make his prints. The collaborative process is facilitated by their regular visits to Baselitz’s studio near Munich to develop each new series. There are 446 Baselitz prints in the archive to date, with another two series currently in development during 2024.

Mette Ulstrup and Niels Borch Jensen with Georg Baselitz, in his studio c.1999
Georg Baselitz, ‘Negativ 69’, 2005
Julie Mehretu, Epigraph, Damascus 2016

New York based artist Julie Mehretu (b. 1970) has been working with Niels Borch Jensen since 2015, completing the two significant series of prints Epigraph, Damacus 2016 and Slouching Towards Bethlehem 2020. They each combine complex layers of etching techniques with photogravure to create nuanced prints with an extraordinary sense of depth and tactility. 

Danish artist, Tal R (b.1967) was still an art student when he started working with Niels Borch Jensen in 1995, and their collaboration continues today. Their approach to making prints based on free-ranging experimentation has resulted in over 330 editions in a large variety of techniques. Most recently he explored  the painterly technique of monotype for the first time and produced a new series of colourful monotypes.

Tal R and Niels Borch Jensen, 2013

Berlin-based artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) has worked exclusively with BORCH Editions to make his prints, completing ten significant series of works with Niels Borch Jensen. This includes the four-part Cartographic Series developed over a period of six years between 2001 and 2007. There are 159 prints by Eliasson in the archive that date from 1996 to 2009.

Printmaking has become an essential part of renowned English artist Tacita Dean’s (b. 1965) practice since she first collaborated with Niels Borch Jensen in 2001.

Analogue technologies play a central role in her oeuvre, which incorporates film, drawing and printmaking. She employs the technique of photogravure in combination with other techniques to transfer her poetic visual narratives into the realm of prints. To date she has made the vast majority of her print oeuvre with Niels Borch Jensen, including 16 significant series of works, numbering some 126 prints in all.

Tacita Dean, Quarantania 2018

Niels Borch Jensen continues to establish new collaborations with artists from around the world, whilst further experimenting with techniques and seeking new methods to achieve their visions. Ragnar Kjartansson, an Icelandic artist whose practice encompasses performance, painting, video installations and drawing, has collaborated with Niels Borch Jensen since 2020 to create three significant series of prints in the techniques of woodcut and etching.

The most recent collaboration is with Norwegian artist Frida Orupabo (b. 1986), whose practice incorporates found imagery from a myriad of sources. Together with BORCH Editions, Frida has transformed her digital assemblages into a series of large-scale photogravures that feature figures emerging in vivid, glowing greens from the velvety black backgrounds.

Niels Borch Jensen 2022

Niels Borch Jensen’s extensive archive of prints encapsulates a unique perspective of contemporary printmaking by leading artists from America, Scandinavia, as well as Europe more broadly. Ultimately, he would like to find a home for the archive in a public collection so that it can be accessible to future generations.

A full list of artists can be seen below, and a list of all works in the archive with accompanying images can be downloaded here.

Abbas

Marina Adams

Lene  Adler Petersen

William Anastasi

Mogens Andersen

Pia Andersen

Barbro Andersson

Mamma Andersson

Per Arnoldi

Per Bak Jensen

Lewis Baltz

Idun Baltzersen

Thomas Bang

Anna Barriball

Georg Baselitz

Anne Behrndt

Mario Benedetti

Huma Bhabha

Ejler Bille

Ola Billgren

Julius von Bismarck

Jens Birkemose

Lise Blomberg

Doris Bloom

Claus Bojesen

Peter Bonde

Iñaki Bonillas

Kurt Børge Simonsen

Julie Brabcová

Dove Bradshaw

Marc Brandenburg

André Butzer

Ernesto Caivano

Pierpaolo Campanini

Christina Capetillo

Merlin Carpenter

Claus Carstensen

Eric Christian Isaksen

Betty Helene Christiansen

Jesper  Christiansen

Tacita Dean

Nanna Debois Buhl

Thomas Demand

Rikke Diemer & Jessie Kleemann

Peter Doig

A.K. Dolven

Markus Draper

Kirsten Dufour

Jimmie Durham

Torben Ebbesen

Olafur Eliasson

Inge Ellegaard

Stephen Ellis

Elmgreen & Dragset

Andreas Eriksson

Jeffrey Eugenides

Kirsten Everberg

Preben Fjederholt

Jes Fomsgaard

Günther Förg

Erik A. Frandsen

Anja Franke

Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson

Gregor Fuchs

Max Gimblett

Nils Erik Gjerdevik

Aharon Gluska

Douglas Gordon

Russell T Gordon

Rodney Graham

Joachim Grommek

Erik Grøndahl

Marianne Grønnow

Erik Hagens

Mathew Hale

Kirrily Hammond

Keith Haring

John Hartman

Hannah Heilmann

Anton Henning

John Henry

Arturo Herrera

Stefan Hirsig

Damien Hirst

Carsten Höller

Adi Holzer

Preben Hornung

Jytte Høy

Lone Høyer Hansen

Jörg Immendorff

Frans Jacobi

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Berit Jensen

Olav Christopher Jenssen

Adam Jeppesen

Phillip  Jönsson

Kirsten Justesen

Linda Karshan

Eske Kath

Kristine Kemp

Clay Ketter

Hubert Kiecol

Martin Kippenberger

Per Kirkeby

Ragnar Kjartansson

Pontus Kjerrman

Takehito Koganezawa

Emma Kohlmann

Julie Koldby

John Kørner

Walter Kranz

Michael Krebber

Bettina Krieg

Elke Krystufek

Michael Kvium

Peter Land

Sean Landers

Toni Larsen

Christian Lemmerz

Peter Linde Busk

Peter Lindhard

Ann Lislegaard

Eva Löfdahl

Theresa Lükenwerk

Markus Lüpertz

Max M Book

Michel Majerus

Lise Malinovsky

Katrin von Maltzahn

Peter Mandrup

H.M. Dronning Margrethe 2

Peter Martensen

Robert McNally

Julie Mehretu

Bjarne Melgaard

Albert Mertz

Hans Meyers Petersen

Boris Mikhailov

Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan

John Miller

Gunnar Møller

Ulrik Møller

Berthe Moltke

Katrine Naumann

Rasmus Nellemann

Florian Neusüss

Julie Nord

Jockum Nordström

Bjørn Nørgaard

Lars Nørgård

Gunnar Norrman

Knud Odde

Albert Oehlen

Chris Ofili

Balder Olrik

Frida Orupabo

Osmar Osten

Virginia Overton

Ullrich Panndorf

Joao Penalva

A.R Penck

Lars Bent Petersen

Paul Preben Gadegaard

Tal R

Lars Ravn

Niels Reumert

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Daniel Richter

Robin Rohde

Jørgen Rømer

Marie Rud Rosenzweig

Tom Sandberg

Tomas Saraceno

Matt Saunders

Henrik Saxgren

Thomas Scheibitz

Morten Schelde

Alexander Schwartz

Casper Sejersen

David Shrigley

Stephanie Snider

Søren Solkær

Trine Søndergaard

Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt

Anna Stahn

Simon Starling

Erik Steffensen

Steven Steinman

Nina Sten-Knudsen

Jana Sterbak

Thaddeus Strode

Elaine Sturtevant

Superflex

Jan Svenungsson

Fiona Tan

Al Taylor

Nicholas Taylor

Kirsten Terp Benthsen

Sissel Thastum

Sophie Tottie

Alexander Tovborg

Rosemarie Trockel

Alan Uglow

Claire van Fliet

Josè Vasconcellos

Sandra Vasquez de la Horra

Morten Viskum

Danh Vo

Jorinde Voigt

Maria Wæhrens

Eva Weiss Bentzon

Stefan Wewerka

Rachel Whiteread

Stanley Whitney

Mette Winckelmann

Poul Winther

Per Wizén

Christopher Wool

Troels  Wörsel

Michel Würthle

Karen Yama

Thomas Zipp

John Zurier

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