Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is an outstanding artist and a passionate power woman. Strong and independent, she is an inspirational role model. The exhibition offers a look at Kahlo’s oeuvre through a number of her most iconic self-portraits, drawings, pages from her diary as well as jewelry and dresses from her time. The works reflect her tragic life, embracing a horrible traffic accident and countless surgeries, tormented love for the artist Diego Rivera, affairs with both men and women, miscarriages and childlessness, as well as political activism.
You were born as a boy or a girl, and your passport says if you are male or female. But what kind of man or woman are you and what has shaped your way of belonging to either gender? The Frida Kahlo exhibition inspired us to present works from ARKEN’s collection that show artists playing around with gender and its codes, putting self-representation, the gaze of others, beauty ideals and challenges to gender conventions into play.
Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is a pivotal work by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957). The group of sculptures was deposited at ARKEN by the Frahm Collection in June 2013, and represents the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Ai Weiwei’s art revolves around human rights and criticism of Chinese society.
Due to great interest we have chosen to extend the critically acclaimed exhibition until 9 February 2014.From virtuoso figure painting to cool conceptual art. The new hotspot for contemporary art is Romania, and right now in the city of Cluj a young generation of artists is churning out works of art that are arousing attention internationally. The exhibition turns the spotlight on contemporary art from Cluj with a selection of artists who work in a variety of media and idioms.
In 2012 ARKEN received a great donation from Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Foundations OJD of nine works by the German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle (b. 1970). Most of the works were created specifically to the DETLEFS HALL at ARKEN, where all nine works now are on display.
ARKEN has received a great donation from The Merla Art Foundation, London, founded by Dennis and Jytte Merla Dresing, consisting of eight works by the central British artist Damien Hirst (b. 1965). Damien Hirst’s works raise existential questions of mankind’s position in the universe.
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Experience ARKEN's Anselm Reyle Donation in The DETLEFS HALL
ARKEN has recieved a generous donation of works by Damien Hirst. See the collection in the new Damien Hirst Room