Curator Refshalevej 173A, DK-1432 København K
Introduction with Jannie Haagemann, Head of Exhibitions, Senior
A bit about Copenhagen Contemporary (from their website)
Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) is Copenhagen’s international art center showing installation art created by world stars and new emerging talents. CC occupies the magnificent former B&W welding hall offering a total of 7,000 m2 of beautiful industrial halls with plenty of space to show the technical and large formats in which many contemporary artists work: total installations, performance art, and monumental video works. Art that can often be entered and sensed with the whole body.
CC is one of Scandinavia’s largest exhibition venues for contemporary art and a lively meeting place for a wide audience. CC creates collaborative partnerships and organises events with a number of different partners across cultural genres locally and internationally. You can attend art talks, art walks, concerts, creative workshops for children, visit CC’s own shop offering Scandinavian design, and experience the unique and historical city district of Refshaleøen.
Since 2016, CC has organised exhibitions featuring, among others,Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Carsten Nicolai, Ragnar Kjartansson, Pierre Huyghe, Bill Viola, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Sarah Sze, Christian Marclay, Anselm Kiefer, SUPERFLEX, and Doug Aitken.
A bit about Copenhagen Contemporary (from my notes)
They had to prove that a space was needed in Denmark for large scale installations. They are dependent on private foundations. They would like more performance based exhibitions.
This place is epic and is a really exciting space to be in! The signage design is lovely and the scale of the artworks really created an atmosphere in the space which is one of my favourite ways to experience art! Claudia Comte, I Have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees, was the first exhibit we saw leading into Donna Huancas, LENGUA LLORONA. I had never seen either artists work before. The curation was really great, in the first room with Claudia Comtes work the light was a softer yellow light and then in Donnas exhibit it changed to white light. There was also a scent in this room adding to the atmosphere in there. I would highly recommend this gallery as a visit for those who love large scale art.