EBBE STUB WITTRUP//Burning in Water – Drowning in Flames

Scattered around Europe there are enigmatic, almost impossibly constructed bridges that hump their way across rivers, abysses and gorges. These bridges have been called Devil’s bridges and form the background for Ebbe Stub Wittrup’s (b. 1973) series Devil’s Bridges, which is being presented at the exhibition Burning in Water – Drowning in Flames at the Martin Asbæk Gallery.

The title of the exhibition, taken from a collection of poetry, is written as a chiasmus, in other words a juxtaposition of elements and words with opposite meanings. The title’s cryptic construction is just as mysterious as the mythological origins of the bridges, which despite their geographical differences are strikingly similar. A recurrent feature of the legends is that the builders had to enter into a pact with the Devil to complete the difficult structures. In return the Devil claimed the first soul to cross the bridge. The residents of the town therefore tried at first to fool him by sending pigs, goats and other non-human creatures across the bridge – but in vain.

The series Devil’s Bridges consists of eight photographs in black and white taken with a technical 4x5” large-format camera to enable an accurate perspectival reproduction. The pictures were shot at sunrise or sunset, when everything lies in shadow. Technically, the light is gauged according to the darkness, which means that the sky becomes bright and the bridge appears more clearly.

Besides the eight picturesque black-and-white photographs, the exhibition presents a 3-minute newly produced 16 mm film played out at the bridge of Céret entitled The 3rd Person, a neon work that bears the title of the exhibition, and half a meteorite

Ebbe Stub Wittrup

Martin Asbæk



Honza Hoeck, Goodiepal, Brian Ravnholt Jepsen, Vladimir Tomic, Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Michala Paludan, Ulrick Weck, Lea Porsager, Mikkel Carl, Absalon Kirkeby & Claus Larsen

You are cordially invited for the preview at
Møstings Hus, Andebakkesti 5, 2000 Frederiksberg, on
Thursday, December 10th, 6-9 p.m.

Performance by Goodiepal at 7.30 p.m.

The exhibition has been made possible by The Salvation Army in cooperation with Michael Jeppesen and Peter Amby.



A photo exhibition curated by Jesper Elg featuring work by:
Ada Bligaard Søby, Aaron Bondaroff, Alexander Kopps, André, Andrew Schoultz, Anika Lori, Asger Carlsen, Ashley Macomber, Brian Lee Hughes, Barry McGee, Carl Krull, Casper Sejersen, Cheryl Dunn, Claus Carstensen, Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Elizabeth Heltoft, Futura, Helena Christensen, Jeffrey Schad, Jesper Just, Jette Jørs, Julian Röder, Johan Rosenmunthe, John Copeland, Kasper Sonne, Michele Abeles, Marcel Zyskind, Mark “The Cobra Snake” Hunter, Martin de Thurah, Matthew Stone, Misha Hollenbach, Morten Bjarnhof, Nina Mouritzen, Noam Griegst, Peter Beste, Peter Boel, Peter Funch, Peter Sutherland, Pica Pica, Ray Potes, Rouge, Sean Dack, Simon Høgsberg, Stefan Simikich, Sue Kwon, Søren Solkær, Tim Barber, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Øvlisen, Troels Carlsen, Typisk Lesbisk and Wes Lang.
Opening reception Friday, November 06, 2009 from 17.00 – 21.00.
We look forward to seeing you in our new residence.

Dronning Olgas Vej 23
2000 Frederiksberg