Current exhibition: Mapping Greenland
January 6 – April 29, 2018
Presenting works rooted in Greenlandic history, the exhibition will illuminate and scrutinise the act of mapping, while bringing forth the myriad voices and perspectives encompassed therein.
The starting point of the exhibition is the work of Danish artist Aage Bertelsen during his participation in the Danish expedition of 1906-08, which sought to map and explore the northernmost part of East Greenland. Bertelsen joined the expedition to capture the light and colour that would otherwise escape the camera and scientific records. The exhibition also includes a small selection of photographs, notes, artefacts and records from the expedition, all of which point towards the works of Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke.
Pia Arke (1958-2007) was one of the first artists to examine the difficult relationship between Denmark and Greenland in her work. The works by Arke featured in the exhibition explore mapping and the problems arising from this apparently objective science. In these works, the personal narratives – the “small” stories – are always present in the large scale narrative and political machinations.
The last room of the exhibition houses the audio work MELT by Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard, based on his recordings of the Greenlandic ice. From the light, colours and open skies of the surface, MELT takes visitors deep down through the earth and the ice.
The exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond and Trolle-Legatet.
Upcomming exhibition: A brief History of Abstraction
May 5 – September 2, 2018
How do we write art history today? How can an authentic art history be crafted and conveyed? A brief history of… is a vital and dynamic exhibition concept that discusses and enriches the concept of history.
We have invited artist Julie Sass to curate the first exhibition in the series: A brief history of abstraction. With this exhibition, we embrace the complexities and opportunities inherent in the concept of history, creating a space for a diversity of voices with the artist as the dynamic focal point.
Canonised art history is written by a small cadre art historians, often on the basis of astoundingly few works. These same works thus become points of reference for general trends. Therefore, it is vital to periodically take a closer look at art history and consider the potential of other works to contribute additional narratives that buttress and enrich the art of today. With A brief history of abstraction, we unfurl a new narrative about the history of abstraction and its potential today by exhibiting works and drawing correlations not previously rendered evident in a Scandinavian context. This history is told first and foremost through a collection of works by Alain Biltereyst, Ann Pibal, Arturo Herrera, Dan Walsh, Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Erin Lawlor, Eva Steen Christensen, Hansina Iversen, Henri Michaux, James Hyde, Maria Buras, Man Ray, Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Michelle Grabner, Moira Dryer, Noël Dolla, Rachel Beach, Rannva Kunoy, Shirley Jaffe, Shirley Goldfrab, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen, Yoko Ono. Julie Sass includes both her older works and new works created specifically for the exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Bikuben Foundation, The Beckett-Foundation and Bikubens Fusionsfond.