Past exhibitions




1 November 2003 -8 February 2004


The exhibition presented John Bock, a modern-day Renaissance artist: The mad scientist running amok in his laboratory and the insightful artist who turns the world upside down, creating it anew.
John Bock had his international breakthrough at last year's Documenta exhibition, participating with a pavilion which was both a total installation and the backdrop for a number of performances.


The exhibition consisted of video recordings of these performances. The videos were shown in a characteristic Bock setting, ie a humorous and chaotic universe of all manner of objects and materials.
The exhibition opened with one of Bock's outré performances, in which he playfully and vigorously created absurd garments from second hand clothes. The objects were distributed among the audience.


The exhibition was curated by Alessandra Pace. It was carried out with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union as part of the project ARTE ALL'ARTE RINASCIMENTO NASCIMENTO.
The aim of the project was to illustrate how contemporary art is both a continuation and renewal of the artistic traditions of the past.

Catalogue (Danish/English edition, colour illustrations, 218 pages). With articles by Alessandra Pace and Christian Gether.



26 September 2003 - 11 January 2004

The exhibition presented the works of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (b. 1907), from the early 1930s to the most recent projects from 2003. Oscar Niemeyer attained world fame as the architect who designed Brazil’s new capital Brasília in 1956. The exhibition was the first ever presentation in Denmark of Niemeyer’s curvy and sensuous concrete edifices.


Niemeyer was presented in 17 models, ca. 100 original drawings, ca. 200 photographs and 42 historical pictures from the construction of Brazil’s capital Brasília.
Marc Henri Wajnberg’s award winning film Oscar Niemeyer - an Architect committed to his Century (2001) was shown in connection with the exhibition.
The exhibition was mounted in concert with our Brazilian collaborators curator Cecília Scharlach and art director Haron Cohen.



 13 September 2003 - 18 January 2004
 HELMUT NEWTON - Sex and Landscapes and Yellow Press


The exhibition presented two Newton series: Sex & Landscapes and Yellow Press. The two series focused on Newton's œuvre, from nudes and landscapes to media conscious and paparazzi inspired press photographs.


The exhibition was an opportunity to see the photographer through his own eyes, for Newton himself and his wife June (aka photographer Alice Springs) handpicked the photographs. The works had not previously been on show in Denmark.
Catalogues for both series (English edition, with Danish insert for Sex and Landscapes, b/w illustrations, 69 and 53 pages.



8 March - 14 September 2003
The ARKEN Collection

ARKEN presented a selection of the latest acquisitions for its Collection. The emphasis was on the Collection’s international profile.
A common feature among the exhibited artists were a concern with our physical surroundings and a focus on man. The works reflected contemporary art’s interest in the reality around us: How do we perceive our surroundings? How do we perceive nature?


Furthermore the exhibition presented a number of works dealing with ourselves, challenging our understanding of self and plummeting existential issues.
The exhibition presented works by Jeff Koons, Sarah Lucas, Mona Hatoum, Olafur Eliasson, Esko Männikko, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Keith Cottingham, Tilo Baumgärtel, Richard Woods, Christian Boltanski, Clay Ketter and Dan Graham.



21 June - 31 August 2003
BULL’S EYE - works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection

The exhibition presented the emergence of reality in art in the course of the past 35 years - with particular emphasis on the 1980s and 90s. The works were on loan from the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.
In sixty works incorporating objects and images from the everyday the exhibition illustrated how contemporary artists comment empathically, ironically or critically on reality. The twenty American, British and German artists tackled themes like globalisation, consumer culture and modern man’s existence.


The exhibited artists included Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth and others.
Catalogue (Danish with English insert, colour illustrations, 84 pages) with contributions by Gunnar Kvaran, Christian Gether and Birgitte Anderberg.



 1 February – 9 June 2003
HENRY HEERUP – Faith, Hope and Charity

The exhibition presented Henry Heerup (1907-93) as one of the great humanists of modern Danish art. The exhibition attempted to expand the understanding of Heerup's œuvre by showing his association with vitalism.
In more than 140 paintings, stone sculptures and junk models emphasis was on Heerup’s affinity for nature’s life-force and man’s welfare. Love, family life, growth of nature and physical labour were key themes in the works of the exhibition. Moreover the exhibition highlighted Heerup as an artist with a strong social instinct.


Allan Daugaard Hansen's film "Heerup carving and painting" (1955) was shown in the exhibition.
The catalogue contained new articles on Heerup by Christian GIn connection with the exhibition information was compiled on Heerup's public decorations in Copenhagen and environs.
ether, Dorthe Rugaard Jørgensen and Inger Smærup Sørensen, an interview with artist Tal R on Heerup as well as a biography by Niels Boe Hauggaard-Nielsen.


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