Boy in cramped conditions, Bjørn Nørgaard’s Hesteofringen (The Horse Sacrifice) in new set-up, and a Lamborghini whose paintwork you are allowed to scratch. New exhibition at ARoS featuring works from the collection wants to direct focus on contemporary society and challenge our ideas about Europe.
On Saturday 3 September, the exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses will open at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum featuring works from the ARoS collection as well as a series of distinctive works on loan. The exhibition will feature carefully selected installations by a number of international artists. No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses may be seen as a follow-up to Out of the Darkness, which was the first exhibition curated by Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director.
- It’s a thought-provoking exhibition designed to pique our views on both contemporary life and interpersonal relations. Not bound by art history or a specific theme, it’s more a subjective narrative reflecting our present-day society. Without offering definitive answers, the exhibition encourages us to reflect on our lives and our culture, says Erlend G. Høyersten.
Aspects highlighted include people’s right to differ, Europe on the move, and how our view of humanity and sets of values – as individuals and as groups – are being challenged. While these themes are directly reflected in the exhibition title, the latter also alludes to literature and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, now a symbol of the clash between free thinking and orthodoxy.
- We shouldn’t be afraid of speaking out and we must retain the courage to differ. Never just passively accept, but take an active part. And this is precisely what No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses will be offering visitors, Erlend G. Høyersten continues.
THE GALLERY AND THE ARTISTS
The scenography in the gallery has been toned down, allowing the individual work to unfold and to interact with other works. The exhibition will feature works by e.g. Ron Mueck, Tony Matelli, Bjørn Nørgaard, Andy Warhol, Shirin Neshat, Edward Kienholz, Rose Eken, and selected young artists, who have shown in the series ARoS FOCUS//NEW NORDIC during the past two years.
List of artists and works:
Edward Kienholz (1927 – 1994), Sawdy nr. 46, 1971
Gardar Eide Einarsson (1976), Untitled (Flagwaste), 2015
E.B. Itso (1977), Clandestine Boat Cemetery, 2015
Jani Leinonen (1978), Beggars’ Signs, 2009-2015
Shirin Neshat (1957), Zarin, 2005 (20:30 min.)
Elmgreen & Dragset (1961, 1969), Welcome, 2014
Ron Mueck (1958), Boy, 1999
Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen (1959, 1958), Camp Kitchen, 2014
Rose Eken (1976), Tableau, 2015
Bjørn Nørgaard (1947), Hesteofringen, 1970
Tony Matelli (1971), Fucked (Couple), 2005
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Electric Chair, 1971
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Marilyn, 1964
Leonard Rickhard (1945) Scene etter solnedgang, 2008-09
Superflex, Bankrupt Banks, August 23, 2013, 2013
Dolk (1979), Low Key, 2016
Tracey Moffat, (1960), Revolution, 2008
Nick Theobald (1986), Nothing Left to Offer, 2014
Thorbjørn Lausten, (1945), Lysskulptur uden titel, 1985
Gilbert & George (1943, 1942), Resting, 1991
Wes Lang (1971), This Noble One, 2014
Grace Weaver (1989), Touch - and - go, 2016