Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Danish Culture Virginie Yassef, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois, Paris. Photo: Kurt Nielsen
Helene Hellmich, Museum: Part 2 (Clouds), 2013 – ongoing. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kurt Nielsen
Contemporary art for everyone Viborg Kunsthal aims to make art interesting for everyone – just like their newest exhibition about the Danish alchemist Valdemar Daa. By Nicolai Lisberg
Since 1994, when the art gallery first opened its doors, Viborg Kunsthal has made it their vision to exhibit contemporary art that resonates with present day society. “We choose artists who in some way do projects on a topic that matters. Something everyone can relate to. Our mission is to be the catalyst of the living and dynamic art and communicate it out to everyone,” explains Bodil Johanne Monrad, head of exhibitions at Viborg Kunsthal. That is one of the reasons why the art gallery hosts several events to try to get more people interested in art. They have events with children, where they can come to discover the gallery and have dinner, and they also travel outside the gallery to some of the villages nearby to include the locals in art projects. “It’s very important to meet people where they are and show them how art can be relevant
to them – invite them into the heart of the art, so to speak. After all, our art is about them,” says Monrad.
Stone of the philosopher Every year, upwards of 20,000 people visit the art gallery, located in a beautiful, historic building that dates back to 1734. One of the exhibitions the visitors can enjoy right now is The Sleepover – insitu: Corridor III: Valdemar Daa, an exhibition about the Danish alchemist who was obsessed with finding the philosopher’s stone in the 15th century, who is buried in Viborg. “It’s an exhibition of international art where a Berlin-based curator group, who visited Viborg and lived in the artist residency connected to the art gallery, follow the life of Valdemar Daa. It features commissioned works of art and existing pieces by prominent and emerging art-
ists. The curator group invites the visitor into a mindset where different kinds of mystical knowledge and beliefs are on display. They try to show how the search for the seemingly impossible is still important today. You look at the alchemy today and go through Valdemar Daa’s different phases, like in the fairy tale about him written by H. C. Andersen,” explains Monrad. The exhibition is available from 24 June to 3 September.
Art Gallery. Photo: Viborg Kunsthal
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