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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.