Minimal Baroque


Minimal Baroque: Post-Minimalism and Contemporary Art
April 6th - June 15th 2014.
Opening hours: thursday - sunday at 12-17pm.

Read the article about minimal baroque at The Glass Magazine

As a comprehensive overview of Danish and international contemporary art, Minimal Baroque examines the duality of restraint and excess in recent art, a style that can also be described as Post-minimalist.

Post-Minimalism is a rejection of Minimalism’s closed, geometric forms, in favor of open forms and media. The exhibition Minimal Baroque exceeds usual perceptions of both Minimalism and the Baroque. With significant works from eighteen Danish and international artists the exhibition traces an often overlooked tendency in contemporary art. Baroque features as excess, emotion and drama, are elements to be found in minimalistic art as well, though Minimalism is usually characterised by reduction, rationality and seriality.

The baroque style evolved in Europe around the 17th century with the emergence of a new religiosity visualised in painting as well as sculpture and architecture. In the 1960’s, Minimalism produced an awareness of materiality and process in art-making. In Baroque art the voluptuous and exaggerated was praised, while minimalism advocated simplicity and rationality. Thus the two modes of art seem both historically and formally contradictory.
Yet, they share common characteristics.

If these two modes of art seem at historical, chronological and formal odds, they are not. What they share is a way of being. Both inhabit their distinct styles as a fusion of aesthetic form and timeliness. It is not surprising, then, that the two, seemingly disparate, ideas began to merge in the latter part of the 20th century.

Among many different works the exhibition consists of historic minimalist works by artist Donald Judd, alongside early post-minimalist works by Jo Baer and Øivind Nygård. Site-specific works by Danish and international artists are furthermore being created specifically for the exhibition at Rønnebæksholm.

Minimal Baroque: Post-Minimalism and Contemporary Art will confront basic ideas about art through the concept of combining less and more. Simultaneously, the exhibition exceeds the usual exhibition space of Rønnebæksholm, including the old chambers on the second floor, the park and the pavilion, “Venligheden”.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Minimal Baroque was organized by Courtney J. Martin, Bodil Nielsen and Julie Sass

Contributing artists:
Amanda Church (USA), Arturo Herrera (VE/D), Bodil Nielsen (DK), Donald Judd (USA), Ivelisse Jiménez (USA/PR), Jaime Gili (VE/UK), Janaina Tschäpe (BR/USA), Jo Baer (USA), Julie Sass (DK), Mamiko Otsubo (J/USA), Marianne Grønnow (DK), Milena Bonifacini (PE/DK), Rashawn Griffin (USA), René Schmidt (DK), Steel Stillman (USA), Tumi Magnússon (IS/DK), Zilia Sánchez (C/PR), Øivind Nygård (N/DK)