Things to do with ArtReview!

if you're in Copenhagen in September...

By Louise Darblay

Gunilla Klingberg, A Sign in Space, 2012/2014 (installation view). Photo: Helene Toresdotter Ellen Altfest, Gourds, 2006-07. Photo: Bill Orcutt. © Ellen Altfest. Courtesy White Cube Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Den lille vej, 1991. © 2013 NAMIDA AG, Glarus, Schweiz Sara-Vide Ericson, The Obvious, 2014. Courtesy the artist and V1 Gallery, Copenhagen Keith Tyson, Unnatural portrait, 2014. Courtesy David Risley, Copenhagen

From 29 to 31 August, ArtReview will be in Copenhagen, hosting a talks programme at CHART, the second edition of the city's boutique contemporary art fair. Here's a selection of what else to see if you join us in the city of mermaids and armwrestling.

Meatpacking District / Vesterbro

Darren Almond at Bo Bjerggaard 

22 August – 18 October, Flæsketorvet 85 A

The gallery opens the autumn season with a solo show by British artist Darren Almond, known for his interest in and exploration of geographical extremes, documenting journeys to the Arctic or Siberia. As his first solo show in Nordic countries, the gallery presents a large range of both existing and new works, spanning video, painting, objects and photography.

Sara-Vide Ericson: Hidden Beings at V1 Gallery 

through 20 September, Flæsketorvet 69–71

Young Swedish artist Sara-Vide Ericson is on show at V1 Gallery, with a series of new paintings and drawings depicting lonely figures within natural habitats at the frontier between the uncanny and the familiar.

Tom Humphreys at Christian Andersen 

through 20 September, Høkerboderne 17–19

For his second solo show at Christian Andersen, British artist Tom Humphreys is presenting five new works, consisting of large canvases on which groups of works on papers are assembled, that play with the archetypal and modernist framework of the canvas.

Chris Johanson: Continuity Escapes Me (My Selfishness in Los Angeles) at Nicolai Wallner 

27 August – 11 October, Ny Carlsberg Vej 68

In his new exhibition at Nicolai Wallner, Chris Johanson explores the urban landscape of Los Angeles as well as the mythology and iconography that stems from it. Working across a wide range of media, Johanson creates a physically immersive portrayal of the city that attempts to materialise its flowing energy.

Tove Storch at Nils Stærk 

opens 27 August, Ny Carlsberg vej 68

Nils Stærk is opening a new show featuring seven new sculptures by Danish artist Tove Storch. Reminiscent of familiar shapes such as books or furniture, these sculptures attempt to challenge the gallery space through their location, composition and materiality.


Günther Förg: Ubuntu at Galerie Mikael Andersen 

through 18 September, Bredgade 63

Günther Förg addresses the question of ‘humanness’ through his new exhibition, whose title, Ubuntu, refers to a South African humanist philosophy. The exhibition takes the form of an accumulation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and photographs, inspired by the artist’s studio in Switzerland.

Keith Tyson: A Mystery to Myself at David Risley 

29 August – 11 October, Bredgade 65

Turner Prize-winner Keith Tyson comes back for his second solo show at David Risley, introducing an unsettling new series of Unnatural Portraits, a new installation and a series of paintings and sculptures. Prints selected from his studio wall drawings, which the artist has been producing over the past 15 years, will also be on show, attesting to Tyson’s fascination for the systems by which we represent and classify our understanding of reality.

Summer in the City at Galleri Martin Asbæk 

through 20 September, Bredgade 23

Summer in the City is the 9th edition of Martin Asbæk’s annual summer group show, featuring gallery artists and, this year, three invited Danish artists, Peter Bonde, Jesper Skov Madsen and Jan S. Hansen. In this show covering an impressively large range of media, techniques and approaches, it’s up to the viewer to establish connections between the works.

PAINT NEW YORK at Kunstforeningen GL Strand 

through 7 September, Gammel Strand 48

This summer group show pays tribute to the longstanding tradition of painting in New York, which has been a centre of avant-garde and innovation for many decades. Looking at contemporary positions in painting today, the exhibition gathers works by 11 international artists, including Ellen Altfest, Cecily Brown and Steven Parrino.


I Look at Things… Works from the Collection at Faurschou Foundation 

through 12 September, Klubiensvej 11, 2150 Nordhavn

Faurschou Foundation presents a new exhibition of works from the collection, conceived around Shilpa Gupta’s installation I Look at Things with Eyes Different from Yours (2010). Displaying works by artists from different background and practices, including Shirin Neshat, Danh Vō, Mona Hatoum and Zhang Huan, this new show raises questions about cultural difference, otherness and dialogue.


Katja Strunz: Present Pasts at Andersen’s 

through 20 September, Amager Strandvej 50B

With this new show, Katja Strunz exhibits her latest body of work in the form of sculpture and paper collages, pieces that are informed by themes of space, time and history. Formally reminiscent of Constructivism, her practice relies on the appropriation and rearticulation of a selection of materials that confront the old with the new, the raw with the industrialised.


Coming From / Christian Vind: Dr. Topic at Overgaden

Coming From 23 August – 14 September, Christian Vind 23 August – 26 October
Overgaden Neden Vandet 17

Located in a nineteenth-century building, Overgaden is hosting two simultaneous shows: on the first floor, 35 Danish artists have attempted to respond to the question ‘Where does inspiration come from?’ through the presentation of one work apiece; while the second floor is dedicated to the curious archives of Danish artist Christian Vind, including collages, calendar leaves and various objects that take on new meanings through juxtapositions and techniques of associative cataloguing systems.

Beyond Copenhagen

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Philip Guston: Painting Smoking Eating, through 7 September
Emil Nolde: A Retrospective, through 19 October
Olafur Eliasson: Riverbed, through 4 January
Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk

In addition to the two ongoing exhibitions dedicated to major figures of twentieth-century painting, Emil Nolde (1867–1956) and Philip Guston (1913–80), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is opening a solo show by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. At the centre of the exhibition will be a site-specific work, which will take the form of a giant landscape unfolding within the South Wing of the museum and transfiguring its architectural experience.

Hundertwasser: Artist and Eco-activist at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art 

through 7 September, Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj

On the coast southwest of Copenhagen, the ARKEN Museum has a long-running exhibition of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000). Looking back at his work as a painter, eco-activist and architect, this exhibition brings to the fore an artist whose ideas on sustainable architecture and ecology are more topical than ever.


Gunilla Klingberg: A Sign in Space at Malmö Konsthall 

through 19 October, St Johannesgatan 7, SE-205 80 Malmö

Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg takes over the gallery space of the Malmö Konsthall with an exhibition of already existing works, and a new commission designed for the gallery’s long row of windows. Within the exhibition space, Klingberg has also reproduced A Sign in Space, a Land art project originally executed on a beach in Spain, and which translates her interest in merging cosmic and mystical representations with consumer culture.

This article was first published in the September 2014 issue.