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ARoS Aarhus Art Museum announces details of ARoS Triennial THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Time

The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is delighted to announce further details of the first ARoS Triennial. Entitled THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times, the Triennial will focus on depictions of nature throughout history and will feature works by a range of internationally recognised visual artists, as well as young, emerging talents, with over 15 major installations, including a number of new commissions by artists including Fujiko Nakaya, Simon Starling, Cyprien Gaillard, Doug Aitken, Alicja Kwade and Superflex.

Highlights will include a new site-specific work by Katarina Grosse and Concave Room for Bees, a major work by Meg Webster, constructed with fertile soil, grass, flowers and herbs, which will display the complex interactions of organic systems, highlighting pollinator decline, an urgent ecological crisis. Rune Bosse’s large-scale installation Tempus circularis Fagus sylvatica will document the different stages of a tree’s cycle, producing a single image of cyclical time.

Rirkrit Tiravanija & Nikolaus Hirscand Michel Müllers installation Do we dream under the same sky will engage with the idea of an artistic utopia, offering an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will 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. Elmgreen and Dragset will present Cruising Pavilion, a park pavilion highlighting the relationship between urban life and natural spaces.

The Triennial will be split into three sections: The Past, which will examine the Landscape and mans relation to nature viewed through the lens of art and the history of ideas; The Present, which will look at nature in the context of the modern city; and The Future, which will examine artistic responses to ecological change.

The Past will feature works by Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, Franz Rösel Von Rosenhof, Richard Wilson, John Constable, Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard, J.C. Dahl, Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Nikolai Astrup, Emil Nolde, Henri-Edmond Cross, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Pechstein, Max Liebermann, Richard Mortensen, Asger Jorn, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Struth, Agnes Denes, Per Kristian Nygård, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Haarison, Damien Ortega, Meg Webster, Pamela Rosenkrantz, Diana Thater, Mark Dion and Joan Jonas.

The Present will feature works by Cyprien Gaillard, Oscar Lhermitte, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ismar Cirkinagic and Fujiko Nakaya.

The Future will feature works by Doug Aitken, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Hans Rosenstrøm, Katharina Grosse, Rirkrit Tiravanija & Nikolaus Hirscand Michel Müller, Tue Greenfort, Anssi Pulkkinen og Taneli Rautiainen, Simon Starling, Max Hooper Schneider, Alicja Kwade, Henrik Menné, Pia Sirén, Rune Bosse, EB ITSO, Meg Webster and Superflex.

Further artists and work details will be announced in early 2017.

Notes to Editors

The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum was established in 1859. It is Denmark’s largest art collection outside of Copenhagen and is widely known for Your panorama rainbow by Olafur Eliasson. In 2015 the museum welcomed over 800,000 visitors. It owns a notable collection of Danish art that spans 300 years, with works from the Danish Golden Age, COBRA paintings, Neue Wilden from the 1980s, modernist pieces from the 1900s, abstract art and modern works by Miwa Yanagi, Carsten Höller, Tony Oursler, James Turrell, Bill Viola, Pipilotti Rist, Elmgreen & Dragset and more. The museum contains four large exhibition spaces and the ARoS Focus Gallery.  Each gallery presents special exhibitions with national and international artists such as Grayson Perry, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joana Vasconcelos, Bill Viola, Olafur Eliasson, Paul McCarthy, and Shirin Neshat.

The curatorial team for the exhibition from the ARoS Art Museum will include Erlend G. Høyersten, Founding Director of the Triennial; Lise Pennington, Senior Curator; Jakob Vengberg Sevel, Curator; Marie Nipper, External Curator; Anne Mette Thomsen, Senior Coordinator; and Ellen Drude Skeel Langvold, Coordinator.

The launch of the ARoS Triennial will be one of the highlights of Aarhus’s year as European Capital of Culture 2017.

An extensive catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.

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BIG, Skum (2016)

The Garden - in the press:

Artnet: See James Turrell’s Stunning Design for ARoS Museum Extension

The Art Newspaper: The top worldwide biennials and events this year

Art News: New Danish Triennial ARoS to Kick Off in 2017

ArtReview: New Danish Triennial ARoS to launch in 2017

Artforum: New Danish Triennial to Launch in 2017

Artinfo: ARoS Art Museum Announces Inaugural Triennial

E-architect: ARoS Aarhus Art Museum Announces the First ARoS Triennial

The Garden - dates

  • The Past (at ARoS) 8 April to 10 September 
  • The Present (urban space, Aarhus) 3 June to 30 July 2017
  • The Future (at the coast) 3. June to 30 July 2017 

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