The summer programme at Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen) includes
major exhibitions by the artists Thomas Kilpper and Christina Mackie, as
well as a special midsummer event as part of our Research
Programme—currently organised by Dexter Bang Sinister. In addition we
are pleased to announce the opening of Motto Charlottenborg, a new bookshop
at Charlottenborg organised by Motto Books.
Charlottenborg presents a major installation by the German artist
Thomas Kilpper, entitled Pavilion for Revolutionary Free Speech. The
work was originally created for the Danish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice
Biennale, where it took the form of a raised wooden platform appended to
the pavilion. Into the wooden floor of this structure the artist has carved
33 portraits—including images of leading figures from Denmark and
around the world, in politics, business, the church, and media. All of them
are people who Kilpper believes have been directly or indirectly
responsible for promoting censorship, social exclusion or intolerance.
The floor panels of Kilpper's pavilion were designed to also
function as woodcut printing blocks, and the artist has subsequently been
using them to make a variety of prints: in both fabric and paper; including
single portraits as well as larger banners. At Charlottenborg the
exhibition features the entire floor, an installation of prints, and an
18-metre-wide banner on the building's facade. Following its presentation
in Venice the work was much debated in the Danish press, and Charlottenborg
is now offering the Copenhagen audience the opportunity to see Kilpper's
work for themselves.
This is the
first exhibition in Scandinavia by the Canadian artist Christina Mackie,
and consists of an extraordinary installation that features such diverse
elements as watercolors, photographs, and ceramics, as well as found
materials that range from mineral deposits to plastic beer crates. The
exhibition follows Mackie's ongoing fascination with both human
technologies and natural materials, and her exploration of the connections
that run between people, societies, and the natural world.
Mackie's exhibition is conceived as a single installation in two main
parts. One part reflects the artist's studio environment, and features
makeshift tables and shelves on which are arranged a host of found and
crafted objects—a sequence which follows a principle of repetition
and morphosis that is relevant to Mackie's work as a whole. The second part
of the exhibition contains a scaffold of steel bars, a structure which is
used to support a series of large-scale photographic prints depicting
solitary figures in high-rise apartment buildings.
Sunday 27 May, 14
A special tour of the
exhibitions with the artists.
Wednesday 6 June, 17
Thomas Kilpper in conversation with
journalist Martin Krasnik about tolerance and freedom of speech, viewed in
relation to the former's exhibition.
Friday 22 June, 19–24
A solstice celebration in
Charlottenborg's courtyard, including a sonic composition on the theme of
darkness and light. The event is inspired by Dexter Bang Sinister, the
group of Danish, American, and British collaborators who are producing
Charlottenborg's latest Research Programme, and the evening reflects the
notion of 'black and white psychedelia' that is at the core of their
The exhibitions are supported by the
Danish Arts Council. The Christina Mackie exhibition has been co-produced
with Chisenhale Gallery, London, and is supported by the Henry Moore