Selected artworks from the ARKEN collection explore the relationship between Nature, mankind, spirituality and mythology

23 June to 30 December 2018


Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Nine Bats, 2016. Biosonic light installation. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Humanity’s relationship with nature is full of contrasts. When we look at starry skies at night, taking in the infinite immensity of nature, we feel an affinity with the cosmos. Nevertheless, we often observe landscapes through digital, manipulating filters. We cause climate changes so that icebergs melt and plant species go extinct. And while human imprints and debris appear everywhere in the landscapes, mythological and spiritual undercurrents make themselves felt, nourished by a new search for harmony and connection between man and nature. Human nature is a realm of contrasts.

Starry Nights presents works from the ARKEN collection. The depictions of nature found in these works all reflect humanity’s actions, ideas, longings or fears.

Starry Nights presents works by Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967), Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980), Mads Gamdrup (b. 1967), Jeppe Hein (b. 1974), Marie Kølbæk Iversen (b. 1981), Per Kirkeby (1957-2018), Thorbjørn Lausten (b. 1845), Kirsten Ortwed (b. 1948), Finn Naur Petersen (b. 1954), Lea Porsager (b. 1981), Erik Steffensen (b. 1961), Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983) og Clare Woods (b. 1972).


Mads Gamdrup, Night Sky, 1998



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