“Through art trade, gallery business and art history studies, my eye has been trained for more than 30 years to see and try to understand art. I like pictures of all kinds. Beautiful, symbolist, simple, classic, typical of the time. But also the surprising, the personal style.
I work very personally and follow the artists, I’m interested in, for many years. My aim is to assist you and guide you in the search for the image that is you. And your time. And your place. I can offer you that necessary extra set of eyes that sees from the outside but also from inside a long photo-historical angle – and contemporary art is, of course, also an important parameter.
My gallery includes not only photography but great art in general. You can book an online review with me, if you are working on a book, plan to exhibit, or simply need advice and feedback on your work.”
Banja Rathnov studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and has been working as an art dealer, curator and exhibition manager since 1991. She has organized various exhibitions, book projects and art fairs, such as Photo Collect Copenhagen (2014-2016), The Time is Always Now (2013-2016) and Kunst på Papir (Art on paper, 2014-2016), which were held annually in Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen where Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel was based from 2013 to 2017.
As a gallerist, Banja has curated numerous shows on visual arts, photography, contemporary art, design and video art. She handles the estates of some of the most important Danish photographers and artists from the 20th century: Keld Helmer-Petersen, Poul Pedersen, Jesper Høm, Bror Bernild, Tove Kurtzweil, Eli Ponsaing and Viggo Rivad.
Furthermore, Banja works with a number of other photographers who have all left a mark on Danish photography: Kirsten Klein, Krass Clement, Marianne Enghoff, Nanna Bisp-Büchert, Joakim Eskildsen, Stuart McIntyre, Finn Larsen, Fie Johansen, Jeanette Land Schou, Linda Hansen, Tina Enghoff and Anne-Li Engström, among others.
In 2018, Banja Rathnov joined forces with Clausens Kunsthandel in the heart of Copenhagen, where her gallery is now based.