Mette Tommerup

Born 1969, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mette Tommerup, portrait
Mette Tommerup, Love, Ur, (installation view), 2019
Mette Tommerup, Love, Ur, (installation view), 2019, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL

Mette Tommerup presents complex installations of paintings, objects and ephemera, invoking a narrative stream of information and imagery.

Selected Works

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Mette Tommerup

Ocean Loop lead Mette Tommerup to a series of experiments that have something of the flavor of postwar avant-garde movements like Gutai, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Tommerup attached small oil paintings of the sea to a string and immersed them in the ocean. Some broke free and disappeared. She was able to reel others back in, battered and discolored by salt and water. Tommerup repeated the experiment with squares of raw canvas, and after retrieving them, sewed their water stained remains together. She grew salt crystals on paintings. She treated raw canvas with blue dye and salt water to create a surface that suggests the patterns that dance just below the skin of rippling water.


Mette Tommerup (born Denmark 1969) is a painter and storyteller who creates simultaneously earnest and satirical narratives to frame her production of objects, whether they are digital or made from canvas and paint. Tommerup relocated to Miami in the late 1990’s after living and studying in New York City for many years. Tommerup has exhibited at The Chelsea Art Museum, Exit Art, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. In Miami, Tommerup has exhibited at The Bass, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and The FIU Frost Museum of Art and has work in many public and private collections, including work in the permanent collection of Wilmer Hale in Washington DC, the Lowe Art Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. She will have a solo shows at Locust Projects in November 2020. Honors include acquisition of work through the Art Purchase Program at The American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Publications include Miami Contemporary Artists, Miami Arts Explosion, 100 Degrees in the Shade and Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze and exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, and The Miami Herald among others. Tommerup received an MFA at School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1995.


Born Denmark

Lives and works in Miami, Florida




2020     Made by Dusk, Locust Projects, Miami, FL


2019 Love, Ur, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL


2018 Ocean Loop, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL


2011 Full Salute, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL


2010 11 Glimpses, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL


2006 TRACKS, Fredric Snitzer Gallery Project Room, Miami, FL

           New Work, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO


2003 Free Transform, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

             Invert, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

             Invisible, ARENA NYC


2002 Trampoline, Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, FL


2001 DigiCommons, Fredric Snitzer Gallery – Project Room Installation, Miami, FL

         Hormone, DesignLabMiami, Miami, FL

         Pinch, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Clubhouse, JFK Airport, New York, NY



2019 Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, Switzerland


2018 Paradise Summit Miami, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL December 

          Return to Sender, MBUS, Miami Beach, FL 

I see the Spotlight in You, Performance “Honey Ice Honey”, Emerson Dorsch,  

Miami, FL 


2018 Because The Dawn Breaks, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University,

Detroit, MI 


2017     Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH


2016     Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH


2015     100+ Degrees in the Shade, Miami, FL

        Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH

        Collab, BAC, Miami, FL


2014     Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH


2013    Putti Kiss, Futurists, CAP Project, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL

             Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH

2012    Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH


2011    Home: Dream Home, Praxis, Miami, FL

            Ping Pong, Art Basel, M 54 Projects, Basel, CH


 2010   Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters

            Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors, 

            American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC

            Ping Pong, Projektraum M 54 Basel, CH

           New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL


2009   Recent Acquisitions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

            Ping Pong, Projektraum M54, Basel, CH

            Time +Temp, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL


2008    Yardwork, CasaLin, Miami, FL


2007    Top Soil, CasaLin, Miami, FL

             Confluence, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

             Rediviva – Flight 19, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

              Seinfeld, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL


2006     Landscape, Upstairs Berlin, Berlin, Germany

             ArtBasel Miami Beach, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

             Postcards From the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC


2005    ArtBasel Miami Beach, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

             Scope, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

             Pulse, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO

             Destination Works, Pulse, Miami, FL Curated by Jade Dellinger

             O, The Games We Play, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

             Postcards From the Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC


2004 Surface Tension, Chelsea Art Museum, NYC

         Me, Myself and I, Schmidt Center Gallery, FAU, Boca Raton, FL

         All You Can Eat, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

         ArtBasel Miami Beach, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

         Lock Stock and Barrel, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

         Postcards From the Edge, Brent Sikkema, NYC


2003 ArtBasel Miami Beach, Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Space – Thinking Outside the Sphere, Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL

Turning the Pages, Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books, Centre Gallery,

Wolfson Campus, Miami-Dade College

Inner City Project, Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction, Exit Art, NYC

Digital Purr, The Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL

Manifest Destiny, The Madonna Building, Miami, FL curated by Anat Egbi

Free Spirits Artist Lounge, Sponsored by ArtBasel

Postcards From the Edge, Galerie Lelong, NYC


2002 Scratch, Arena, NYC

             Florida Focus Exhibition 2002: Fresh Squeezed, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL

Beached/Not Stranded, The Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL

That Place, July 25 – Sept 20, Curated by Cesar Trasobares, Mia Gallery,

Miami International Airport

     The Alphabet Show, The Main Library, Miami FL

     That Place, The Moore Building, Dacra, Miami Design District

Reactions, Exit Art, NYC (Artwork in response to 9/11 gifted to the 

Library of Congress in Washington DC)

     Postcards From the Edge, Sperone Westwater, NYC


2001 Globe>Miami<Island, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL

Spunky, Exit Art, NYC

     Blotter, Botanical Gardens, Miami Beach, FL

     Hurricane, New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

     The Sears Building, Curated by Robert Chambers, The House, Miami FL

     Emerging Perspectives, Esperito Santo Bank, 1290 Brickell Ave, Miami

     Postcards From the Edge, Sara Meltzer Gallery, NYC


2000 Postcards From The Edge, Andrew Kreps Gallery, NYC

     I Hate NY, Curated by Kenny Schachter/Rove, Shoreditch High St, London, UK

     Small Works, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

     To The Edge, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

     Robot, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

     Freedom Rocks, Curated by Fredric Snitzer, Dacra Building, Miami, FL

Departing Perspectives, Curated by Fredric Snitzer, Espirito Santo Bank, Miami, FL


1999 War, Postmasters, NYC

     Paradise Now, Exit Art, NYC

     Postcards From The Edge, Alexander and Bonin, NYC


1998 100, Holland Tunnel, Brooklyn, NYC

     Postcards From The Edge, Kenny Schachter/Rove, 526 W26th St, NYC





2010 Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund,

             American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC


2011 Reflection of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Theatre,

         Kaleidoscope positions – Infinite reflections


2010 Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines,

     Deck 15 Points +Hemisphere Floor Project December 2010,

     Oasis of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines


2009 Deck 15 Diagonal Islands, Floor Project December





Peréz Art Museum Miami

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Four Seasons Hotel

Hallmark Print Collection

Related Group

Marion Boulton Stroud Collection

Susan and Dennis Richard Collection

Craig Robbins / DACRA Collection

Amy Cappellazzo and Joanne Rosen Collection

Claire Breukel Collection

Milton Ferrell Collection

George Lindemann Collection

Peter Menendez Collection

Vivianne Pheiffer

Wilmer Hale Collection

Estelle and Paul Berg Collection

Michael Christiansen Collection

Liz Schwartz and Lydia Martin

Lisa Leone Collection

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum at Florida International University

Lowe Museum, University of Miami

Diane and Werner Grob

Cricket Taplin





Corsano, Erica. “Mette Tommerup’s ‘Love Ur’ Exhibit is an Interactive Wonderland”, Ocean Drive Magazine. January 5, 2020

Sokol, Brett. “Art Basel Miami, Where Big Money Meets Bigger Money”, New York Times. November 29, 2019

Schulman , Sandra. “Miami Art Week Part 1: A conservative mood with nostalgic art”, Palm Beach Arts Paper. December 7, 2019

Artspace editors. “6 Artists to Watch in November 2019”,, November 8, 2019

Sokol, Brett. “36 Hours in Miami and Miami Beach”, New York Times. February 2019

Turner, Elisa. “Mette Tommerup: Ocean Loop”. Delicious Lines. February 2018

Sokol, Brett. “Smiley People”. Ocean Drive Magazine. January 2018

Wall Street Journal International. “Mette Tommerup: Ocean Loop.” January 2018

Von Malin, H. “Ping Pong Basel holt Kunstler aus Miami, Los Angeles, Berlin und Basel.” Künstlerischer Schlagabtausch, June 2017

Robinson, Walter. “Full Salute”. December 2011

Basel. Anders-Art-ig. Surprise Strassenmagazin, (Swiss) June 16, 2011

Gernet, Joel. “Ein Getreidesilo mitten im Kleinbasel”, Baseler Zeitung. June 18, 2011

Dunlop, Beth. “Home: Dream Home” an edgy exhibit at Praxis. The Miami Herald. July 17, 2011

Home: Dream Home, el arte como hecho cotidiano. El Nuevo Herald. July 17, 2011

Tschida, Anne. “Home: Dream Home Not a Dream.” Knight Arts. July 8, 2011

Diaz, Melissa. Welcome Home. July 2011

Austin, Tom. “MAM’s new works exhibit focuses on local artists”. The Miami Herald July 25, 2010

Alfredo Triff. “Mette Tommerup at Dorsch Gallery”, May 2, 2010, Miami Bourbaki.

Robinson, Walter. “Nineteen Top Shows”,, July 2010

Robinson, Walter. “Picture Post/ Art Basel Miami Beach”,, December 2010

Martin, Lydia. “Nudity, celebs, chickens – Art Basel has everything”, The Miami Herald, December 5, 2010

Santiago, Fabiola. “Making the rounds: An insider’s guide to three museum exhibitions“, The Miami Herald, July 26, 2009


Santiago, Fabiola “Best in Show: Exploring the warp and woof of our love affair with dogs“, 

The Miami Herald, June 21, 2009 “Innovative artist forum series spurs students’ artistic growth

May 7,2009

Feinstein, Roni. “After the Fair(s)”. Art in America. March 2008

Austin, Tom. “New Frost museum makes FIU a serious player” The Miami Herald. November 30, 2008

Robinson, Walter. “Miami Memories“. December 2008 “Yardwork @ CasaLin” November 2008

Woolridge, Jane. “The Art Basel Cheat Sheet: What you have to see” The Miami Herald. December 5, 2008

Woolridge, Jane. “A Basel whimsy: Artists at play in the yard” The Miami Herald December 4, 2008 Santiago, Fabiola. “Doing some ‘Yard Work’ at CasaLin“. The Miami Herald. November 28, 2008

Barrenechea, Victor. ” Off the Basel Path “. Biscayne Times. December 2008

Hollingworth, Thomas. “Inside the Artist’s Studio” Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine. December 2008

Albritton, Laura. “Miami: Sculpture in the Pleasure Dome“. Sculpture Magazine. December 2008

LYDIA MARTIN AND FABIOLA SANTIAGO Miami itself becomes a work of art. The Miami Herald (Cover story). Dec 2, 2007

JANE WOOLDRIDGE Quirky CasaLin is all local. The Miami Herald. Dec 6, 2007

JANE WOOLDRIDGE, DANIEL CHANG AND FABIOLA SANTIAGO.  “ART BASEL – Some complain of Art Basel’s high prices”. The Miami Herald. Dec 6, 2007

Turner, Elisa.  ”Snitzer show brings 59 homegrown artists together”. The Miami Herald. 

July 22, 2007

Feinstein, Roni.  “Gavin Perry and Mette Tommerup at Fredric Snitzer“. Art in America. December 2006

Riley, Terence.   “A Fair is Born“. Florida Inside Out. November/December 2006

Triff, Alfredo.  ”Miami Arts Explosion” Thomson 2006

Mills, Michael. “Through a Fractured Lens”. Broward Palm Beach New Times November 18, 2004

Mills, Michael. “Cuisine de Pop“. Broward New Times. July 29, 2004

Weinberg, Michelle. “All That Glitters“. Miami New Times. July 29, 2004

Turner, Elisa. “Critic’s Pick I ART“. The Miami Herald. July 9, 2004

Feinstein-Bartl, Beth. “Hollywood center’s exhibition has plenty of bite“. South Florida Sun-Sentinel, July 7, 2004

Feinstein, Roni. “Expanding Horizons“. Art in America. December 2003

Turner, Elisa. Art Review Magazine. December 2003

McDonnell, Evelyn & Ocana, Damarys. “Alternative scenes: in a bar, on the sand“. The Miami Herald, December 5, 2003

Buckley, Suzy. “Art Notables” Ocean Drive, Art Basel Miami Beach. December 2003

Triff, Alfredo. “In our own Image“. Miami New Times. Oct 16, 2003

Triff, Alfredo. “Sites Seen”, Miami New Times. Jan 16th, 2003

Turner, Elisa. “Odd new forums showcase emerging artists” The Miami Herald,

Dec 8, 2002

Dr. Paula Harper. “Bass Forward“. Art in America. June 2002

Turner, Elisa. “Discovering a Place in Miami’s Hot Art Scene“. The Miami Herald.

June 16, 2002

Johnson, Ken. “Gallery Reviews“. The New York Times, Exit Art Spunky, Oct 19, 2001

Wallach, Amei. ” In Miami, a Hot Spot of Art, the Temperature’s Rising“. The New York Times , September 16, 2001

Triff, Alfredo. “All Over the Place – Do you have time for all the art that’s out there?”

Miami New Times, April 26, 2001.

Antoni, Brian. “Modern Art in the Digital Age ”, Ocean Drive Magazine, Summer 2001

Turner, Elisa. “Digital Technology Takes Art Beyond Brush“, Miami Herald, Feb. 15,2001

Turner, Elisa. “Gallery Reviews“, The Miami Herald, January 31, 2001

The Insider. “Miracle Art“, Miami Today, January 2001

Iran Issa-Khan. ” Social Studies“, Ocean Drive Magazine, February 2001

Robinson, Walter. “Miami Art Diary”,, February 2000


Austin, Tom. “Warhol Sandwiches and Travels with a Princess”,

Ocean Drive Magazine, May 2000

Turner, Elisa. “Gallery Review”, The Miami Herald, September 16, 2000

Gauche, Sheri. “Santos Project”. Sculpture Magazine, November 2000

Kroomer, Martin. “I Hate NY”. Time Out, June 2000

Robinson, Walter. “I Hate NY”., June 2000

Cotter, Holland. “Changes Aside Soho Is Still Very Much Soho” New York Times, 

February 12, 1999





Heartney, Eleanor. “Made by Dusk.” Exhibition Publication for Locust Projects, Miami, FL. 2020

Heartney, Eleanor. “Waking the Ur Experience.” Exhibition Publication for Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL. 2019

Heartney, Eleanor. “Ocean Loop.” Exhibition Publication for Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL. 2018


100+ Degrees in the Shade –A Survey of South Florida Art

Name Publications

By Jane Hart 2015

Miami Arts Explosion

by Alfredo Triff 2006

Miami Contemporary Artists (Hardcover)

by Paul Clemence (Author), Julie Davidow (Author), Elisa Turner (Foreword) 2007

Catalogue: TIME+TEMP – Surveying the Shifting Climate of Painting in South Florida Nov 2009 – Jan 2010, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.




1995, MFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC

1990, BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania



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