It all starts on the lawn outside the main entrance to ARoS. Here, a severed ear in wax is discovered. The ear is a true copy of the one discovered in the grass by the protagonist in the film Blue Velvet by David Lynch. The ear marks the beginning of a narrative.
From Saturday 25 November, visitors to ARoS will be treated to Danish contemporary art in the exhibition Cool, Calm and Collected. The eighty works comprising the exhibition are created by forty-seven artists or artists’ groups, all of them engaged in form and aesthetics as well as current social issues. Cool, Calm and Collected includes, among much else, a performance installation by Christian Falsnaes, the sculpture He (gold) by Elmgreen & Dragset, and the flag series Native, Exotic, Normal / State of Emergency by Hesselholdt & Mejlvang.
- The exhibition presents the predominating trends in recent Danish contemporary art, manifesting the topics and forms of expression driving today’s Danish artists. It’s not just a question of aesthetics, but equally of the content seething just below the surface, says museum director Erlend G. Høyersten, ARoS.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
As a whole, the exhibition demonstrates the form-oriented and aestheticising trend which has preoccupied many Danish artists for the past fifteen years. The exhibition also highlights just how differently the artists work with their chosen materials, media, and themes.
- In terms of content, the works address widely differing topics – spanning the occult, the post-human, and social, scientific and psychological topics inspired by other parts of the world or earlier movements of art such as minimalism, surrealism, and conceptual art, says curator of the exhibition, Maria Kappel Blegvad, ARoS.
In the accompanying magazine, the predominant trends in Danish contemporary art are outlined and discussed by Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS, Toke Lykkeberg, critic and curator, Maria Kappel Blegvad, curator of the exhibition, Malene Vest Hansen, associate professor in art history, University of Copenhagen, Louise Steiwer, arts writer, and Peter Ole Pedersen, post.doc., Aarhus University. Their texts are accompanied by interviews detailing the artists’ personal ideas and visions.
THE SPECIAL PRESENTATIONAL EVENT ASK THE ARTISTS
One of the purposes of this exhibition is to give the artists a powerful voice. At the same time, the museum wants to actively involve the audience in trying to examine what contemporary art means to us and the time, we live in. As part of the exhibition, the museum will give visitors the opportunity of asking the participating artists questions. Every week, the museum will select one or more of these questions and pass them on to the relevant artist to get a better understanding of their art. This will result in a number of short films with selected artists from the exhibition. The films are screened as part of the exhibition and also on www.aros.dk/ccc.
VIDEO WORKS AND PERFORMANCES
The exhibition includes a film programme in the auditorium on Level 3, showing video works by Jesper Just, Søren Thilo Funder, Amalie Smith, Simon Dybbroe Møller, and Nanna Debois Buhl. Furthermore, there is a performance programme by Sophie Dupont, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, and Jeannette Ehlers as well as the performance installation Justified Beliefs by Christian Falsnaes, which makes the exhibition visitors the main protagonists of the work.
ARTISTS ON SHOW IN COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED
A Kassen / Alexander Tovborg / Amalie Smith / Christian Falsnaes / Danh Vo / Ebbe Stub Wittrup / Elmgreen & Dragset / FOS / Hesselholdt & Mejlvang / Jeannette Ehlers / Jeppe Hein / Jakob Kolding / Jette Hye Jin Mortensen / Jens Haaning / Jesper Just / John Kørner / Kirstine Roepstorff / Lea Guldditte Hestelund / Lea Porsager / Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen / Maiken Bent / Marie Søndergaard Lolk / Mette Winckelmann / Mikkel Carl / Mille Kalsmose/ Morten Søndergaard / Nanna Abell / Nanna Debois Buhl / Nicolai Howalt / Nina Beier / Olafur Eliasson / Pernille Kapper Williams / Peter Land / Rikke Benborg / Ruth Campau / Sergej Jensen / Simon Dybbroe Møller / Sophia Kalkau / Sophie Dupont / Superflex / Søren Thilo Funder / Tal R / Torben Ribe / Tove Storch / Trine Søndergaard / Troels Sandegård / Tue Greenfort