March 03, 2011


Although Copenhagen was a short holiday, I managed to take in some exhibitions. All three of the spaces I saw were worth the visit just for the spaces themselves. The most enjoyable was Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a delightful architectural experience, really impressive Eypgtian and Roman collections and beautifully curated.
The only irritant in the visit was a rather clumsy pink plastic interpretation/response to some of the Roman sculpture by Louise Bourgeois called “Nature Study”. Oddly when I look at a photo of it now I quite like it, but in the context of the brilliant set piece curating of the Roman gallery it inhabited it was annoying in its location. Bourgeois wasn’t so impressive either at Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen. Given my previously expressed complete disinterest in anything to do with children and distaste at the desperate romanticism attached to pregnancy, a show of endless paintings of pink bellies, lactating breasts and baby shapes, it is difficult to imagine a show which I would find less interesting.
Also at Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen was “Wax – Sensation in Sculpture”; it featured people you’d expect in a survey of contemporary wax sculpture, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen and Dragset, Robert Gober, Gavin Turk, etc., but it was also a vaguely disappointing show. The work itself was nicely shown in good spaces – maybe it was the wax pretext itself which proved a little thin.

The last show I saw was Gil & Moti: Totally Devoted to You at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Nikolaj Kunsthal is an old church converted to an arts centre. Gil &
Moti had installed a series of documentation style installations from recent projects. Such as the record of their wedding and honeymoon in Rotterdam complete with the honeymoon bed; a project opening pen-pal relationships with gay arabs documented with the letters and watercolour portraits of these friends; a project where they set out to help Muslim immigrants establish themselves in their new lives. The totality of the show was an intensely positive affirmation of humanity.

I only slotted in one meeting while in the city, that was with Malmo-based dancer/choreographer khamlane halsackda, discussing possible projects.

But never mind the art, Copenhagen is a great city – if you visit also go to Ruby

1 comment:

trupa nunta said...

Copenhagen is a great city. I`ve visited it 3 years ago and i was impressed. I wish to visit it again, but now i can`t, anyway in conclusion a beautiful city.