Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents Renaissance of the Night of the internationally acclaimed artist Kirstine Roepstorff. As one of the most versatile artists of her generation, Kirstine Roepstorff creates works that equally appeal to our deep aesthetic senses as well as our political, social and existential awareness’s.
Renaissance of the Night focuses on darkness and the cultural constructs that surround it. Darkness can
be a purely physical phenomenon – an absence of light – but it is also associated with aspects of the
human psyche, with sleep, death and the subconscious. It can connote a state of fear and uncertainty,
while at the same time it constitutes the universal wellspring of all organic life; the primordial substance
from which we all originate from. Based on the thesis that we are now living in a world that is too brightly
lit, an overexposed world in which light is lauded as the absolute truth while darkness is associated with
the unpleasant and the unknown, Kirstine Roepstorff explores the wider potential of darkness. Can
darkness be felt and understood as a kind of dissolving energy, a transformative force rather than the sum
of the great unknown that we tend to evade? What happens if we surrender to that darkness?
Orchestrated as a narrative journey from dusk to dawn, the exhibition unfolds as an immersive and
ambient spatial installation that encompasses the entire south wing of Kunsthal Charlottenborg. At the
heart of the exhibition visitors will find Roepstorff’s most recent magnum opus, the spectacular sound and
light work Theatre of Glowing Darkness, presented here in a new format, as well as the virtuoso tapestry
Renaissance of the Night, from which the exhibition borrows its title. Featuring approximately 75 works in
total, the exhibition also presents a vast array of newly produced as well as older pieces spanning various
media such as painting, collage, relief, mobile and sculpture.
Podcast series on darkness
Focusing on the subject of darkness, the exhibition will be accompanied by a podcast series created in
collaboration with Carsten Ortmann, MA in Aesthetics and Culture from Aarhus University and host of the
radio broadcast ‘Supertanker’ on DR P1. Cutting across a wide range of professional fields, the series will
feature a selected range of different voices speaking about their relationship with darkness – from a blind
boy’s sense of light and colour to an acclaimed astrophysicist’s defining insights into stardust and its
importance to the creation of planets. Leading figures within their fields, such as curator Bonaventure
Ndikung, theologian Anders Laugesen, anthropologist Jonas Tinius, theatre director Catherine Poher,
neurologist Andreas Roepstorff and astrophysicist Anja C. Andersen, are among the participants.
Comprising a total of 20 podcasts in either Danish or English, the series will be available for free
streaming and download from 14 June.
Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972) is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1994-2001) and
Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000). Roepstorff has exhibited her work
widely internationally and presented solo shows in Denmark and abroad. In recent years, Roepstorff has
created several major public art projects and public installations in Denmark, and her works are included
in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK;
the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO; The National Gallery of Denmark,
Copenhagen, DK and others. In 2017 she represented Denmark in the Danish Pavilion at the 57th
international art biennale in Venice, presenting the project influenza. theatre of glowing darkness.
The exhibition is curated by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, independent curator, formerly curator at Röda Sten
Konsthall in Gothenburg and artistic director of GIBCA-Göteborg International Biennale for Contemporary
The exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Beckett-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen
Fonden, Oticon Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Spar Nord Fonden, Det Obelske Familiefond and Axel
Muusfeldts Fond. Sponsors: Stouenborg, Flügger, Louis Poulsen, Kvadrat.