Copenhagen Art Festival

Aug 24th – Sep 2nd, 2012
Kunstrad Museum. Copenhagen, Denmark


In August the Copenhagen Art Festival lunches an ambitious programme of contemporary art on the theme of ‘communities’, with works by more than 40 emerging and established artists from Denmark and around the world. The Festival consists of exhibitions in central Copenhagen, as well as a range of art projects in public spaces around the city centre. The has ten-day line-up of events including performances, workshops, artists’ talks, seminars, film screenings, and much more. The exhibitions will continue after the initial ten festival days and can be experienced throughout the autumn.
Co-curated and organised by the five Copenhagen art centres, the festival features a wide array of exhibitions all addressing the festival’s underlying theme of communities. At Kunsthal Charlottenborg, a major survey exhibition by Joachim Koester and a solo show by Ruth Ewan invite the audience to explore notions of alternative communities. Concepts of communities and their relation to memory and history are reflected in the exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. At Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, ten artists relate the theme of communities to the impact of globalisation on local and global societies and their mutual interdependence. At Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center the relationship between individual and community is addressed by nine artists through the depiction or staging of situations of communication, while crucial aspects of cultural heritage and history writing are explored in two separate exhibitions by Yorgos Sapountzis and Hito Steyerl at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art.
In addition to the exhibitions, a wide-range of installations and temporary projects will spread over the inner city of Copenhagen, engaging with a variety of different publics in the ten festival days and beyond. As part of a major outdoor commission Jeppe Hein will, in collaboration with a number of other artists, explore the common, public space through a transformation of one of Copenhagen’s main squares into a dynamic space of social interaction and participation with amusements, machines, rides, cooking, talks, and performances, drawing inspiration from old fashioned markets and fairs.