ARoS Triennial

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A place to train and develop one’s brain

Bjarke Ingels, SKUM, 2016 - photo Jesper Palermo
A place to train and develop one’s brain

‘The Triennial occurs at a time when we, more than ever before, need art and culture to remind us where we come from, where we are today, and where we are heading. The Triennial serves to further develop this mindset: as a platform for a mental workout – somewhere to sharpen the critical gaze, the imagination, gaining a historical perspective on our identity in the world.’, declared Erlend G. Høyersten, Founding Director of the ARoS Triennial.

Mark Dion, Trichechus manatus latirostris, 2013 - Courtesy of the artist & Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Focusing on depictions of nature throughout history, the first ARoS Triennial features 17 new commissions and large-scale installations across Aarhus, the 2017 European Capital of Culture, in Denmark. Spanning 400 years, the Triennial splits into three sections: The Past, The Present and The Future.

The Past
illustrates man’s relationship with nature. From the powerful orchestration of the baroque garden, the mathematically constructed landscapes of neo- classicism, and the sensuous gardens of the rococo to the monumental use of nature in land art projects and modern man’s impact on nature portrayed in contemporary art.

Oscar Lhermitte, Urbanstargazing (Horse), 2011-2017

The Present looks at nature in the context of the modern city. Thus Fujiko Nakaya has created an immersive fog installation that enters into dialogue with the building, responding to its surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. The Danish artists’ group SUPERFLEX present Investment Bank Flowerpot / Deutsche Bank Marijuana. 3D models of the corporate headquarters of twenty of the world’s largest investment banks which will serve as flower pots for hallucinogenic plants. Cyprien Gaillard re-lays the floor of the Shen Mao night club in Aarhus reopened after years of being covered by asphalt. Using traditional terrazzo with mother-of-pearl from locally caught oysters, Gaillard links the space to natural life existing in Danish waters.

Oscar Lhermitte
presents Urban Stargazing, a project which brings the stars to city skies using illuminated light installations. Elmgreen & Dragset present Cruising Pavilion, staging the social conflict between public and private spaces and between what is considered normal and deviating behaviour. Ackroyd & Harvey explore the border between nature and structure. Pia Sirén presents VISTA, a largescale installation created using materials from a construction site. Sirén’s work deals with the idea of how cultural constructions define our ideas about nature, landscape, imagery, and identity.

Meg Webster, Concave room for bees, 2016 - Courtesy of the Artist, Socretes Sculpture Park & Paula Cooper Gallery

The Future examines the artistic responses to ecological change and features large-scale installations in the forest, on beaches and along the coast of Aarhus. Doug Aitken’s live artwork embraces the dichotomy between natural and man-made environments. Simon Starling works with the prehistoric material Urushi, a Japanese lacquer produced from tree sap. This loop-like work continues an ongoing interest in questioning the ways artworks are produced, conflating the making of meaning with the meaning of making.

Bjarke Ingels Group
(BIG) present SKUM, a cloud-like pavilion made of inflatable material, illuminated by LED lights and blown up in only 7 minutes, creating a mobile structure which can function as a social space. Meg Webster Concave Room for Bees is an installation which evolves over the course of its life displaying the complex interactions of organic systems and highlighting pollinator decline, an urgent ecological crisis.

ARoS Triennial
THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times


The Past

Until 10.09.2017
ARoS Art Museum
en.aros.dk

The Present & the Future
Until 30.07.2017
Aarhus City / Aarhus Harbour

Aarhus, Denmark

www.aarhus2017.dk

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