Top 5 Aarhus 2017 spring art picks

There are plenty of exhibitions going on in Aarhus and the Jutland region as part of Aarhus 2017. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are five of the best for the spring season.

by Jutland Station, feature photo: Greed exhibition, by Holstebro Kunstmuseum

‘Seven Deadly Sins’
A joint collaboration between seven art museums and headed by Randers Art Museum, each of the seven exhibitions presents one of: gluttony, pride, lust, sloth, envy, anger and greed. Although inspired by the Roman Catholic concept of sins, the exhibitions are far from religion. They try to challenge the spectator to rethink the values of western society.

If you are feeling sinful, take a tour and visit the different exhibitions spread around Jutland:
Gluttony: Museum of Religious Art, Lemvig
Pride: Skovgaard Museet, Viborg
Lust: Randers Kunstmuseum
Sloth: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft
Envy: Skive Museum
Anger: Horsens Kunstmuseum
Greed: Holstebro Kunstmuseum

The exhibitions will be on show until May 28th.

Women’s Museum, Aarhus
A new permanent exhibition about Gender, ‘Gender Blender’ opens today at 16:00 with a speech by Aarhus 2017 director Juliana Engberg. The exhibition will showcase gender issues through a historical timeline and theme works, in order to try and demonstrate how sex has been and is treated in our society. The exhibition will be dynamic, developing with the interaction of the audience and public debate.

Also at the Women’s Museum is ‘My ship is loaded with memories’, an exhibition that displays life-boats project of artist Marit Benthe Norheim. The exhibition consists of three life-boats – floating sculptural installations in concrete which each symbolise a different stage in a woman’s life. First there is ‘longing’ – the young about to set out in life; then there is ‘life’ – the pregnant in mid-life; and finally there is ‘memories’ – the ageing. The exhibition is visually provoking and gives voice and visibility to women over 70 years old.  It has been running since January and will be on until April 23rd.

Life Boat Project (photo by Claus-Ørntoft)

Life boat project (photo: Claus-Ørntoft)

Danish jewellery from the 20th century at Den Gamle By, Aarhus
Den Gamle By (The Old Town) is currently hosting an exhibition of Danish silver jewellery from the 20th century, with 950 selected pieces from the unique Marion and Jörg Schwandt collection, which was built over a period of 40 years.

The exhibition provides a comprehensive picture of the national and international trends of the 20th century that influenced the art of Danish jewellers and helped make Denmark famous across the world for its jewellery. You will find iconic works by silversmiths and jewellery designers like Nanna Ditzel, Bent Exner, Bent Knudsen, Henning Koppel, Svend Weihrauch, and Georg Jensen, among others.

Museum Jorn, Silkeborg
Museum Jorn presents an exhibition with two well-known Scandinavian artists, Asger Jorn and Edvard Munch. This is opened especially for the year of culture as a result of a collaboration with Munch Museum in Oslo. The observer is able to compare the works of both artists, presented side by side. Although they belonged to different generations, both artists dealt with human condition in modern society, dramatising themes like death, fear and dreams. The exhibition includes 50 works by  Munch, and more than 60 by Jorn. It will run until May 28th.


‘The encounter that took a part of me’, Kunsthal Aarhus
Kunsthal Aarhus and Nottingham Contemporary, from the UK, bring Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition, ‘The encouter that took a part of me’, to Aarhus for the year of culture. The exhibition showcases sculptures, drawings and photographs by the Nigerian artist, which examine ideas about land, cartography and the value attached to natural resources and environmental issues.

Nkanga is known for collecting human and natural traces left in objects and landscapes. They are poetically displayed in a way that is intended to trigger memory, thoughts and emotions in the observer. The artist tries to express with idiosyncratic knowledge production in his work: from political theory to philosophy; and from sociology to the natural sciences. The exhibition runs until May 28th.


‘The encounter that took a part of me’, 2016 (photo: Stuart Whipps)

Check out our reviews of ‘Manifesto’ and ‘The Overheard: Zimoun’ –  two further Aarhus 2017 exhibitions that are still on display.

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