Rich in traditions, Grønningen is one of Denmark’s largest artist cooperatives. For this exhibition, the 40 exhibiting artists have been working in groups to curate each of the six exhibition rooms of Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art.
On the facade of Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, the words NOT HATE and LOVE shine in bright neon, the words of Viera Collaro’s installation. The artwork strikes the note of this year’s exhibition with Grønningen, focusing on spontaneity and collective exchanges. Having the opportunity to display such a striking assembly of artists is not a privilege granted every day. Rich in traditions, Grønningen is one of Denmark’s largest artist cooperatives, and has always presented great names. Though previously a male-dominated cooperative, during the last decade Grønningen has taken pride in levelling out the gender balance. Today, Grønningen counts some of the most prominent female artist in the Danish art scene among its members.
On Saturday 18 November, we celebrate the opening of the exhibition, in which 40 artists of Grønningen display brand new artworks – including the six guest artists Milena Bonifacini, Anders Brinch, Gudrun Hasle, Kirsten Justesen, Karin Lorentzen, and Søren Martinsen. Grønningen always invite guest artists to exhibit alongside their own works in order to add renewed energy and vitality to the cooperative in general and the exhibitions in particular.
For this year’s exhibition, Grønningen has decided to explore the collective potential of the collegial mentoring and exchange that implicitly forms the core of artist cooperatives. This occasion has seen the members of the cooperative divided into six carefully chosen groups each having been designated one of the six exhibition rooms in the building. The groups will in close dialogue be working with the layout and usage of each room. The artworks of the exhibition vary from painting to sculpture, installation, drawing and ceramics. This inspiring diversity makes for a characteristic cross section of current movements in Danish visual arts.
In relation to the exhibition, a publication by the artist Erik A. Frandsen will be published, combining the traditional exhibition catalogue with a personal artist publication.
Exhibiting artists: Poul Agger, Merete Barker, Milena Bonifacini (guest), Peter Bonnén, Peter Brandes, Anders Brinch (guest), Stig Brøgger, Morten Buch, Ronald Burns, Ruth Campau, Eva Steen Christensen, Viera Collaro, Anette Harboe Flensburg, Leonard Forslund, Erik A. Frandsen, Mads Gamdrup, Hjördis Haack, Lone Høyer Hansen, Ib Monrad Hansen, Gudrun Hasle (guest), Nicolai Howalt, Kristofer Hultenberg, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Kirsten Justesen (guest), Anita Jørgensen, Eske Kath, Eva Koch, Malene Landgreen, Karin Lorentzen (guest), Lise Malinovsky, Søren Martinsen (guest), Michael Mørk, Hans Pauli Olsen, Allan Otte, Bjørn Poulsen, Ole Sporring, Trine Søndergaard, Arne Haugen Sørensen, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Jette Thyssen, Troels Wörsel.