The Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was an artist with a mission. The exhibition shows his highly topical opinions towards ecology and sustainable architecture in connection with his colorful paintings, graphic works, design and activist way of living. He was an artist who fought, throughout his life, for individual freedom, and wished for harmony between nature and humans.
The current Hundertwasser exhibition has inspired us to present works from the museum’s collection that revolve around the human relationship to and view of nature. The artists take different looks at the sensuous, wildly growing and sometimes constructed nature that surrounds us.
The Model – A Model for a Qualitative Society! This playground by the Danish artist Palle Nielsen (b. 1942) is a children’s universe, a wonderland of free play and creative energy. It is also a symbolic space inviting grownups to reflect on values, norms and ways of being together. Palle Nielsen has reinterpreted his legendary exhibition The Model from 1968 at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet.
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.
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