ARKEN presented a large special exhibition of two American legends, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). The exhibition presented individual works by the two artists and collaborative works, which Warhol and Basquiat created in the brief, but intense period from 1984 to 1985.
The exhibition offered a unique window into an unusual collaboration between two very different artistic temperaments. While Warhol had long perfected the look and style of mass-production and Pop Art, young Basquiat manifested himself with a fiercely expressive painting style, a raw mix of symbols and characters growing out of the unpolished idiom of graffiti.
ARKEN’s exhibition was the story of Warhol and Basquiat – the times they lived in, the artists’ roles, the myths and the mutual fascination that propelled the two artists’ singular collaboration and made sparks fly in the works.
The exhibition was organized by curator Dieter Buchhart in collaboration with ARKEN Museum of Modern Art.
Olafur Eliasson has developed a new installation specially for ARKEN’s most striking gallery,
the 150-metre-long, hull-shaped Art Axis.
Eliasson’s installation Din blinde passager (Your blind passenger) is a 90-metre-long tunnel. Entering the tunnel, your body is surrounded by dense fog. With visibility at just 1.5 metres, museumgoers have to use senses other than sight to orient themselves in relation to their surroundings. Accordingly, the work demands your singular, intense attention.
The exhibition is the final instalment in ARKEN’s three-year UTOPIA series. Eliasson completes the project with a work highlighting the utopian potential inherent in the individual’s relation to the surrounding world.
Over the past seven years the German artist Anselm Reyle has won great international recognition. He is one of the major figures in a new wave of artists who have revived and renewed abstract art. At ARKEN’s major summer exhibition with Anselm Reyle visitors could experience a number of Reyle’s works, including a huge site-specific installation created specifically for the occasion.
Reyle remixes everyday objects, popular culture and ‘bad taste’ with references to the modernist art of the 20th century. His works are fascinating compositions of seductive materials and surfaces. The colours and materials that Reyle chooses are synthetic and kitschy: rustling silver foil, glossy metal paint and loud neon colours.
The exhibition is the first presentation of Anselm Reyle’s works in a Danish museum of art.
Anna Ancher (1859-1935) was one of the greatest Danish painters of her age. ARKEN’s exhibition zeroed in on the modernity of her work. Anna Ancher was more than just a prodigious Skagen painter who happened to be a woman. She was an internationally oriented artist who was acutely attuned to the currents of the day.
Anna Ancher was the first among her Danish peers to take up pastels, a technique the French Impressionists were reviving in 1880s Paris. The exhibition brought together a great number of Anna Ancher’s pastels, allowing us to trace her rapid development in this technique and compare the pastels to her drawings, oil sketches and oil paintings.
Anna Ancher investigated the world around her, and her perception of it. She depicted the villagers of Skagen and the unique light in this Danish fishing hamlet, recording its effects on colors and planes. Her paintings, constructed from finely sensed details, still have tremendous presence today. She collected her subjects within a radius of five minutes by foot from her house in Skagen. In her best works, Anna Ancher is the most modern of all the Skagen painters.