ARKEN EDITION is a collection of exclusive lithographs by internationally renowned artists, who exhibit at ARKEN or are represented in ARKEN’s collection.
Every year we invite new artists to create lithographs in the famous graphic workshop Edition Copenhagen. The lithographs are collected in an edition of 75-100, and the first print from each artist is included in ARKEN’s collection.
These unique lithographic works can be bought in the ARKEN SHOP.
Mona Hatoum is one of the most important international contemporary artists. She was born in 1952 to Palestinian parents in Beirut. Since 1975 she has lived in exile in London, where she was travelling at the time and from where she was unable to return because of the outbreak of war in Lebanon. Many of her works are about conflicts in the world, war and control, gender, the indi¬vi-dual and alienation. She works with sculpture in many different materials and she often uses household utensils in her art.
Untitled (whisks) draws – like many of her other works – on both surrealism and minimalism. The four whisks, which come from Hatoum’s large collection of whisks, are both familiar and alien to us. They may remind us of Grandmother’s whipped-cream desserts, but they are lined up for a strange, strict dance, white on black, in a sharply focused photographic image that gives the utensils a surreal life and makes them look chilly and metallic.
Abdoulaye Konaté from Mali is well known for his beautifully coloured textile works with powerful global messages. Red Bird 2 is related to a childhood memory from northern Mali. At that time crops were grown, and just after the harvest large flocks of birds competed for the seeds and plant parts that were left behind. Konaté particularly remembers a very small, beautiful bird, all red with a black breast.
Today the area has become a desert. It is an environmental catastrophe. Konaté’s ARKEN EDITION expresses the dream that the birds will return and that people will harvest again. In the work with the subject the red bird has become a mighty eagle – a powerful bird and a powerful image.
Danish-Norwegian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset has created ARKEN EDITION’s biggest lithographies to date. The 158 cm high works display two faded newspaper pages from a fictitious paper The Daily Sun, with stories that display the artists’ works and exhibitions over time.
The first lithography, Classifieds, is a page of typical back-page classifieds. Here are ads for apartments to let, puppies for sale, bathroom equipment, caravans, dog houses etc. Several of the photos accompanying the ads are photos of the artists’ work over time. The works are included in new contexts, so that the content is misplaced and the stories change.
The second lithography,International News, is an article that continues the story and fate of the bankrupt Norman Swann, a fictitious character introduced by Elmgreen & Dragset in their Tomorrow exhibition, which was shown at the V&A in London in 2013. The article’s heading reveals that Norman Swann was found dead in his apartment. It’s now up to the viewer to continue the story.
Special price for both lithographies:DKK 47 250, framed. (KLUB ARKEN price: DKK 39 900)
British artist Clare Woods is known for her intense and compelling landscape paintings that take the viewer on a journey into the depths of the forest bed.
In the lithography Harry Patch, nature’s mystery continues to be the artist’s inspiration:the lithographical work displays an overgrown baby cuckoo being fed by a much smaller host bird, a scene from the bird kingdom that appears distorted and absurd.
The scene has been created based on a Victorian photograph and the lithography uses nine different colours, giving the work incredible richness of colour and depth.
Tim Noble & Sue Webster
British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster are an inseparable couple – as artists and previously also as partners.
In the lithography Double Double Vision Vision, they playfully challenge their vision of one another and the portrait genre.
You are probably familiar with the game ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’. Blindfolded the artists have drawn one another’s portraits, and their facial expressions are completely crooked and fragmented.
For example, Sue has got four eyes and wild eyebrows, Tim’s beard is more and more sparse, and he has three heads – also one in profile.
Using the simple idea of reproducing one another based on memory and the inner picture, the artists’ portraits appear lovingly teasing and liberatingly imperfect.
Indian artist Atul Dodiya’s works mix stylish and iconic references from East and West. Classic myths, political history and references to Western art history appear side by side, so that new meanings and expressions arise.
Dodiya became known in the early 1990’s for his hyper realistic paintings that depicted Indian middle class life. He then moved into an all-encompassing choice of materials, where he sprayed marble dust on works, used play equipment as part of his installations. Later he began painting on shop shutters. In his works Dodiya often tries to find the fracture surface between personal and collective memory and between local and global experience.
Dodiya’s contribution to ARKEN EDITION is a raw portrayal of human bodies – a man and a woman with a child – with black silhouettes of plant parts and a house. Dodiya has cut down the print technique to a simple graphic presentation in red and black.
Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra are two of India’s hippest young artists. They worked together with graphic design, before deciding to join forces as a collaborative duo.
These two unique lithographs, which they have created for ARKEN EDITION, are about the dream of travelling out into the world and creating a better life. Each lithography has been created like a page in a passport, with rounded edges, page numbers and watermarks. The code lines that run vertically and horizontally along the prints are tales of wanderlust. They are written in Gurumukhi, which is one of the most commonly used ways of writing Punjabi – one of the 22nd official language in India. Here you can read the tales in English:
Tale no. 2. Soni Singh, 16 years old
Everywhere there is partying, lots of sweets and fireworks. The whole town is shining brightly, it is Diwali after all. I am making tea in the kitchen for my guests Kiran and her lovely son Soni. Kiran is my neighbour. Her husband lives in America and has been a lorry driver for over ten years. They have a beautiful house – I think it looks very Western. I have heard that Soni’s teacher keeps coming by Kiran’s house to take Soni to school, but he doesn’t want to go. Soni is nearly 15 and is not remotely interested in books, only in showing off all the imported items his father sends him. They constantly talk with Gurmail on the phone and are eagerly awaiting his return. I had better serve them some tea – perhaps they have brought some imported chocolate for me!
Narrative no. 1. Swatuntar Kumar Sharma, 62 years old (priest and gem stone dealer)
It is seven o’ clock in the evening. I am in my office in Delhi. It belongs to my friend’s son and I am waiting for his driver who is going to take me to the airport. I have lived in Jalandhar (Punjab) all my life and have always dreamt of moving abroad. I lived one year in Muscat in the eighties, where I worked as a crane operator. I went home when my father became sick and I wasn’t able to travel again. My parents married me off and now I live with my wife and have two daughters and a son. He was born after endless prayers.
Every year I apply for a visa, but haven’t had any luck yet. Last year I applied for a visa to Canada. I was very hopeful and even told my relatives that this time I had to be successful! But after six months, the embassy returned my empty passport with a red stamp on page 62. I am 62 years old and have never built my own house, as I have always thought I would build it abroad. I am crossing my fingers that it will happen one day! My daughter Shilpa arrives today. She is coming from London after having been away for two years! Perhaps one day I will go with Shilpa and the four of us could settle abroad. OK, so long, I don’t want to be late!
The Autobahn lithography by the German David Schnell is right in line with David Schnell’s other art. He is highly sought after internationally for his often large landscape paintings, which mix flickering, stunning colour scales with sweeping spaces and tight lines.
In the Autobahn lithography, we look out of the windscreen while buildings and trees flicker past, like semi- dissolved shapes. We are on our way out of the landscape – only the bright blue sky is a calm contrast to the sweeping perspective.
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