21 Jun
17.00 - 18.00

Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway

Screening of Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway's film 'Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld'

The film ‘Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld’, 2016 (27 min.) by Lise Autogena (DK) and Joshua Portway (UK) portrays the region of Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland – site of the richest rare earth mineral resources in the world, and home to one of the world’s largest deposits of uranium.

The film explores a Greenland divided on the issue of uranium mining as a means of gaining autonomy, social progress and financial independence. Traditional ways of living from the land and the sea do not sit easily with the Greenland’s government’s plans for big investments by foreign mining companies.

The film portrays the difficult decisions and trade-offs faced by a culture seeking to escape a colonial past and define its own identity in a globalised world.

The film will be introduced by a paper by the artists.

20 Jun
16.00 - 19.00

World Refugee Day at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Celebration of World Refugee Day

The opening of Ai Weiwei’s (b. 1957 in Beijing, China) new installation, produced specifically for Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Copenhagen, will take place on United Nations International Refugee Day (June 20 2017). Named Soleil Levant, the installation barricades the windows of Kunsthal Charlottenborg with more than 3500 salvaged life jackets collected from refugees arriving at the Greek Island of Lesbos.

Focus on the humanitarian crisis
With this installation, Ai Weiwei hopes to bring focus to the refugee crisis currently taking place across Europe. According to UNHCR, 1,377,349 individuals arrived in Europe via sea in 2015 and 2016. In the same period, over 8000 individuals have died or disappeared attempting this journey. It is the wide-spread humanitarian crisis, which Ai Weiwei aims to bring focus on.

The name of the work stems from Claude Monet’s painting Impression, Soleil Levant from 1872, which depicts the harbour in Le Havre at the end of the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian war. Whereas Monet’s landscape painting captures the political and social reality of its time with its cranes, steamboats and industrialisation, Ai Weiwei’s Soleil Levant draws attention to the political and social reality of today through refugee lifejackets.

World-renowned artist and activist
Ai Weiwei is one of the most respected living artists in the world today. His work – across sculpture, architecture, installations, music, photography and film – always challenge and encourage critical debate. He has previously exhibited at ARoS, Louisiana and Arken in Denmark, where his works are also part of the museums’ permanent collections.

In 2011, Ai Weiwei was detained in China for 81 days without charges and had his passport confiscated. He did not get his passport back from the government until 2015. Since relocating to Berlin following the return of his passport, many of the artist’s latest works focus on the refugee crisis of present-day Europe.

The installation Soleil Levant for Kunsthal Charlottenborg officially opens on United Nations  World Refugee Day, (June 20) and will be on view at the facade of Kunsthal Charlottenborg until the October 1 2017. The project is curated by Luise Faurschou from ART 2030 and Michael Thouber from Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

ART 2030 connects art and the UN Global Goals
ART 2030 unites art as the key to open people’s hearts, minds and imagination for the world we want by 2030. ART 2030 is a movement of visionary artists and influencers in the art world, who are determined to reinstate the role for art in a bigger world context and make their contributions visible for sustainable Development.

The project is supported by The Obel Family Fund, Platform A/S and The Danish Arts Foundation.

17 Jun
15.00 - 18.00

John Kørner + Whisteblowers & Vigilantes + Slow Violence

This Saturday afternoon we celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions: John Kørner’s Altid Mange Problemer, the group exhibition Whistleblowers & Vigilantes – The digital rebellion and the group exhibition Slow Violence.

At the opening, which will be held outdoors if the weather permits, you’ll be able to buy the vegetarian dish of the day from Apollo Canteen, while Apollo Ba offers beer and drinks in addition to more culinaric delicacies depending on the weather. Master Fatman distributes cosmic love from the dj booth. The opening is free and open to all.


John Kørner – Altid Mange Problemer
In the year of John Kørner’s fiftieth birthday, Kunsthal Charlottenborg will present the largest exhibition ever seen of his work. Spanning more than 1000 m2 of floor space, this retrospective places particular emphasis on the social issues addressed by the artist over the years, investigating Kørner as an important reinventor of contemporary painting.

For this exhibition Kørner will create a series of new paintings as well as site-specific immersive installation. The exhibition will also bring together a range of Kørner’s most important series of paintings for the first time ever. Thus, the show will offer an unprecedented opportunity to see the artist’s major works gathered under one roof. Read more.


Whistleblowers & Vigilantes is a controversial exhibition that uses art, TV footage, surveillance, documentary approaches and historical documents to offer a range of perspectives on the fierce discussion concerning whistleblowers.

The exhibition showcases the activist strategies and legal positions that whistleblowers, hackers, online activists and artists use to justify their efforts in the digital rebellions – featuring Anonymous, Julian Assange, DIS, Chelsea Manning, Metahaven, Edvard Snowden and others. Read more.


Group exhibition: Slow Violence
Artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Pia Arke, Mia Edelgart, Harun Farocki, Basia Irland, Runo Lagomarsino, Zoe Todd, Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway

The Anthropocene and climate change reflect nothing so much as industrial capitalism’s dependence on ancient sunshine.[i]

The condition of the planet is undergoing radical transformations. The massive destruction of the Earth’s ecosystems not only comprise climate change and species extinction. The extraction of minerals and other raw materials, deforestation, desertification, ocean acidification, floating plastic continents, toxic waste, monoculture-plantation, industrial farming and an accelerating global urbanization are also part of the processes that are changing the living conditions for all life on Earth.

We call it development. Progress. Growth. A development based on centuries of radical interventions into the complex and interdependent processes that constitute the life sustaining systems of the Earth.

Modernity: a permanent, dirty war on life. We have entered the endgame.[ii]

The planetary meltdown is a result of slow violence. This is a violence that is exercised in the margins of our attention, a violence that is often out of sight, invisible and whose destruction emerges with a delay. A violence not perceived as violence.

Our present is the Anthropocene; this is our time.

But this present time progressively reveals itself a present without a view.[iii]

The story of the Anthropocene, the geological epoch of our time, is a new evolutionary agenda that puts mankind at the centre of the development of the Earth and designates humans as a geological factor. It is evident, however, that it is not humanity in its entirety that has violated the planet and caused the grave transformations taking place. These violations have to do with a specific mindset, a specific practice and way of perceiving the relationship between Man and his surroundings connected to European colonialism and early capitalism.

The narrative of the Anthropocene considers the environmentally degrading consequences of industrialisation as a kind of collateral damage, an unintended harm, but the use of the term ‘climate change’ in the 18. Century tells a different story. To the colonial administers it was crucial not only to control the physical surroundings but changing the climatic conditions was also an integral part of the colonial project.

How did it become possible to consider people and the planet as inexhaustible resources to be used and abused without cost? The exhibition Slow Violence is an attempt to read the destabilization of the climate and the destruction of the Earth as a history of slow violence.

The exhibition is curated by Katarina Stenbeck and is part of the research project In Search of the Lost Future, for more information www.lostfuture.netSlow Violence inaugurates the programme Charlottenborg Art Research, a collaboration between the Royal Danish Art Academy and Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

[i] Elizabeth Povinelli ”Geontologies: A requiem to late liberalism”, 2016
[ii] Gene Ray ”Writing the Ecocide-Genocide Knot” South as a State of Mind #7, 2016
[iii] Déborah Danowski & Eduardo Viveiros de Castro ”The Ends of the World”

Read more.

16 Jun

Rundgang 2017

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Visual Arts

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Visual Arts open the doors of Charlottenborg Palace and invites the general public to this year’s Rundgang.
Rundgang is the annual open-house exhibition where the students of the Art Academy will exhibit works and projects.

Rundgang is a unique possibility to catch a glimpse behind the walls of the palace and gain insight into what the students of the Art Academy are working with every day.

Opening June 16 from 3pm – 8pm
Saturday open from 11am – 6pm
Sunday open from 11am – 5pm

Read more about Rundgang 2017.

27 May
16.00 - 16.30

Vibe Overgaard: ”TURNING (BACK)”

Performance with Adriano Wilfert Jensen and Paolo Gile

On the day before the last day of this year’s MFA Degree Show by the graduates from the Art Academy’s Schools of Visual Arts, you can experience a motion based performance as part of Vibe Overgaard’s work “Turning (Back)”. The performance is developed in collaboration with and performed by dancers and choreographers Adriano Wilfert Jensen and Paolo Gile.

Vibe Overgaard considers official narratives about our history and cultural heritage as political constructs. On this basis, she is concerned with establishing a more personal connection to the past through body and material. She has chosen to immerse herself in the material clay, rather than the monumentalized archaeological artefacts found in ethnographical museums.

Her objective is that a material can hold inherent information about its use through generations – clay has often been serving domestic purposes, to build houses and store food. With an observant attitude she listens to these narratives inscribed, not in history books but in the material itself.

For Afgang 2017 Vibe Overgaard has created a scenography that comprises a half timbered wall. A black vinyl floor marks out a delimited space in the exhibition where unfired vases are placed. The setting will be activated at several points during the exhibition as dancers and choreographers Adriano Wilfert Jensen and Paolo Gile continues the dialogue with the material, pulling the historical references into the present and the exhibition situation.

The performance is free, when admission to the kunsthalle has been paid.

10 May
18.30 - 20.00

Maria Lassning: “Art Education” + “Shapes”

Charlottenborg Art Cinema

By request from some of our exhibiting MFA Degree Students, we are screening two of visual artist Maria Lassnings works: Art Education and Shapes.
Maria Lassning was an Austrian born visual artist, especially recognized for her self-portraits and her special awareness of the body and gender politica.
Painting was her starting point, but from 1970 she also produced films based on her paintings. The film works are autodidact produced from her own drawings on a self-invented work desk (not an animation desk).
Art Education (1976), 8.06 min.
Through humour and feminist interpretations Maria Lassning demystifies the masculinity cult of famous works of art from Vermeer to Michelangelo.
Shapes (1972), 10 min.
Human forms are dancing to the sound of Johan Sebastian Bach composition in a way that dissolves what is feminine and masculine.
10 May
17.00 - 08.00

Sam Smith: “E.1027”

Live video perfomance + lecture

At this evening’s Charlottenborg Art Talk London-based Australian artist Sam Smith will talk about his performance video ‘E. 1027’. In addition to the talk and live video performance, there will be a Q & A session.

‘E.1027’ is a performance video based on the complex history and imagined future of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray’s eponymous villa.
The history of conflict etched within the building’s material structure plays out in episodes of companionship, obsession, murder and destruction.

The work gives life and resonance to the house by playing back scenes from its tangled history and treating it as an active thing – a vibrant form that is capable of reorganising matter, facilitating life and playing a central part in its own narrative.

The talk is arranged by the publisher Forum.

Admission is free.

6 May

Copenhagen Architecture Festival: The Invisible City

Screening af Vladimir Tomic's "Flotel Europa"

On arrival, refugees enter a living situation on the edge of the city. Come to this film screening, boat tour and debate.

15.00 – 16.10

VLADIMIR TOMIC | 2015 | 70 min.

A coming-of-age story with a refugee twist, cut from personal VHS archives of Bosnians who lived together on a giant ship in the port of Copenhagen in the 1990’s

16.30 – 17.30

Panel: Vladimir Tomic, director of Flotel Europa and artist, Jonas May, architect at Røde Kors and Sara Fredfeldt Stadager from Danish Jewish Museum.
Debate moderated by Garbi Schmidt.

Departure (boat tour) from Inderhavns brigde / Nyhavn.

Museum admission is you entrance ticket for film screening and boat tour. The dabate is in English.

3 May

Copenhagen Architecture Festival: Tales from Paradise

Charlottenborg Art Talk and Cinema

Artist Søren Lose explores the architectural landscapes of St. Croix.

Danish w/ English subtitles.

Did you know that great parts of central Copenhagen where financed by the Danish slave trade in Ghana and the West Indies? Or that you can still find buildings in India that testify to the history of Danish colonial rule?

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Danish West Indies to America. This is our occasion to seek out the architectural traces of colonialism and slavery in Copenhagen and in the former Danish colonies.

Through performances, film screenings, tours, and discussions, we want to open a debate on the built heritage of the colonial era. The fact is that the story of the Danish colonialism is also a story about conflicts in space, place, and identity: About thousands of bodies crammed together while crossing the Atlantic. About the Paradise of the West Indies which was not Paradise for everyone. About the failed export of welfare architecture in Greenland, and about fancy mansions in Copenhagen. And it is a story about generations of human lives torn between different cultures, nations, and continents.

28 Apr
20.00 - 21.00

Joey Holder & Dane Sutherland (UK)

Tonight is Art - tour of five Copenhagen art centres

As part of the joint tour “Tonight is Art” Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents an audio-visual conspiracy by Joey Holder and Dane Sutherland, connecting occult marginalia, swamp gas emissions in Michigan USA 1966, and the extraterrestrial source of biomysticism.

British Joey Holder is interested in the ways in which manipulated images are appropriated and circulated by Internet culture as ‘fact’. Joey Holder’s practice is closely linked to collaborations with scientists to deeply explore this zone between postulated facts and reality, and how this impacts the visual world.

Curator of the exhibition Welcome Too Late, Toke Lykkeberg has invited Joey Holder to present a video work as part of his exhibition, and Holder has invited DJ and independent curator Dane Sutherland to collaborate on the project.

Come by and experience a truly unique – and occult – audio visual work in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s cinema on Friday 8pm. Admission is free.

The five Copenhagen art centres Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst og Kunsthal Charlottenborg have together created “Tonight is Art” – a joint tour of the art centres with a grand event programme including performances, theater, dance, sound, food and art of course. The programme stretches from late afternoon until in the evening and is completed with concert and afterparty.

27 Apr
17.00 - 22.00

Opening reception for Apollo Bar

We celebrate the opening of Frederik Bille Brahe’s new bar and dining space at Kunsthal Charlottenborg with an reception open for all. Further information about the opening reception will follow later.

26 Apr
17.00 - 20.00

Joachim Hamou: United Israel Palestine UIP27

Charlottenborg Art Talk and Cinema

This evening you can experience Copenhagen based artist Joachim Hamou’s latest works: the film United Israel Palestine UIP27 and the anthology Calling Out of Context. The artist will be there to present his works and afterwards there will be book launch and film screening.

United Israel Palestine UIP27
The territorial conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is radically re-examined in Joachim Hamou’s performative project, which is the result of a public seminar attended by lawyers, observers, anthropologists and historians. A discussion that had a direct impact on the direction the film took during the shoot.

The year is 2027, and the endless conflict has finally found its natural equilibrium: the two states have merged into United Israel Palestine. Through this imaginary future scenario, UIP27 takes a futuristic look at the current conflict, while the film’s fictional dimension is more a theoretical or hypothetic space in the form of a courtroom, where the different viewpoints meet and interact.

The issue being fought about is a small piece of land that a Palestinian family has been granted the right to after it was annexed by a Jewish family in 1970, which in the meantime has invested in and developed the land by building a well, and therefore needs to be compensated. Not even the hermetic, Brechtian setting is immune to the individual players’ personal passions and conflicts.

Before the screening Joachim Hamou will present the project and launch his new publication Calling Out of Context containing texts about cross cultural collaborations moving between the field of theater and visual arts.

21 Apr
18.00 - 21.00

MFA Degree Show 2017

At this year’s AFGANG (MFA Degree Show), a total of twenty-four graduates from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts will present new works at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. This year’s graduates work with all kinds of styles and modes of expression, from video and painting to sculpture, installation and performance art. Some works are vast in scale, others are delicate, fleeting or porous. Together, they offer insight into the potential future of contemporary art.

The artists featured are:
Anne Eckersberg, Anne Sofie Fenneberg, Coline Marotta, David Minařík, Eduardo Antonio Rodriguez Chain, Gabriel Bott, Hannibal Andersen, Ingrid Høiskar Borgfjord, Jacob Alrø, Jens Hüls Funder, Jesper Skov Madsen, Kirsten Astrup, Lydia Hauge Sølvberg, Malte Starck, Veronica Riget, Nicky Sparre-Ulrich, Nike Åkerberg, Nikolaj Nielsen Phillipsen, Nina Mølgård Knappe, Oskar Jakobsen, Signe Boe, Simon Rasmussen, Theodor Walldius and Vibe Overgaard.

The exhibition is curated by Christian Skovbjerg Jensen.

See facebook event.

19 Apr
18.30 - 20.00

Cécile B. Evans – Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen

Charlottenborg Art Cinema

The third part of the film program, which accompanies the exhibition Welcome Too Late, presents Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen from 2014 by American-Belgian artist Cécile B. Evans.

The film is narrated by the failed CGI rendering of a recently deceased actor, PHIL. In an intensification of so-called hyperlink cinema, the lives of a group of digital agents—render ghosts, spam bots, holograms—unfold across various settings, genres, and modes of representation.

Multiple storylines build, converge, and collapse around overarching ideas of existence without anatomy: the ways in which we live and work within the machine. Throughout, questions are raised about what it means to be materially conscious today and the rights of the personal data we release. Watch a trailer for the film.

Read more about the exhibition Welcome Too Late.

19 Apr

Goldin + Senneby: Zero Magic

With ZERO MAGIC, Goldin + Senneby have reverse engineered a confidential trading strategy of an American short-only hedge fund.

Together with stage magician Malin Nilsson and sociologist of finance Théo Bourgeron, they have developed a magic trick for the financial markets, which has the capacity to dramatically alter the public perception of a company’s valuation and profit from this.

At this week’s Charlottenborg Art Talks, Goldin + Senneby will introduce their magic trick and invite the audience to become part of the speculation.

”Goldin+Senneby define themselves as a ’collaborative framework exploring juridical, financial and spatial constructs.’ The elusiveness of this description is somewhat apt. Since 2004, when Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby started working as a duo, they have speculated around the layerings of contemporary economics, analyzing and employing different dimensions of financial markets. Their collaborative strategies have shaped a withdrawn approach wherein the artists are akin to puppeteers: their production mostly comprises choreographing the labour of others.” – João Laia, Frieze

Katie Kitamura is the author of A Separation (2017), Gone to the Forest (2013) and The Longshot (2009).
She is a two-time finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta, and Wired, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.

Read more about Charlottenborg Art Talks.

5 Apr

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Simon Dybbroe Møller

For the second part of the film programme, which accompanies the exhibition “Welcome Too Late”, Danish artist Simon Dybbroe Møller will present his trilogy about anachronisms, i.e. phenomena that are out of time.

The first film, Animate V (2012), is about the French car producer Renault’s failed model Avantime. The second film, Untitled (How Does It Feel) (2014), is about Canon 5D Mark II camera, which was the first device both to serve professional film making and still photography.

The third and most recent film, Comorous (2016), focuses on the ancient bird, the cormorant, thought to descend through unbroken lineage from the dinosaurs.

The films are stylistic pieces of montage that smoothly blends and borrows from different genres such as documentaries about nature and history, advertisement and structuralist film making.

The film will be shown throughout easter until April 19, 4 pm.

5 Apr

Peter Adolphsen & David Musgrave: Ten Small Stories/Skeleton + Flesh

In Ten Small Stories, Peter Adolphsen reads a sequence of short and very short stories. For each, he is transformed into a different animated glyph, diagram, creature or personage by his collaborator David Musgrave.

David Musgrave’s Skeleton + Flesh is a lecture, copiously illustrated with explanatory images, in which an artificial art history lecturer reflects on the termination of its employment.

David Musgrave is an artist based in London with recent solo shows at Luhring Augustine, New York and greengrassi, London. His novel Unit is published by LemonMelon. His second novel Total Abstraction is forthcoming from Somerset Press.

Peter Adolphsen is a Danish writer currently based in Oxford. His novel Machine was published in English by Harvill Secker in 2008, the novel Brummstein by Amazon Crossing i 2011 and a selection of his short stories was included in Best European Fiction 2011. His novel The Wrinkle Fuck Disease will be published in Danish by Gyldendal 2017.

Read more about Charlottenborg Art Talks.

29 Mar

Charlottenborg Art Cinema: Korakrit Arunanondchai

The film program, which accompanies the exhibition Welcome Too Late, opens with two films by Korakrit Arunanondchai, who lives and works in New York and Bangkok. Both films break with a linear timeline while switching between different timescales.

In his new film from 2017, “with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4”, a poetic and playful dialogue between the artist and a drone spirit called Chantri sets the tone:
“Someone explained the idea of reincarnation to me once; the universe is made up of one big river of spirits, both yours and mine and everything else that exists. The spirits are constantly reincarnating on a timeline that is neither the future, the past, nor the present. So Chantri, in this sense, you could be my grandmother.”

The other film is There’s a word I’m trying to remember, for a feeling I’m about to have (a distracted path towards extinction) from 2016. The film was also shown last summer on a boat in Spree during the Berlin biennale.

29 Mar


At this evening’s Charlottenborg Art Talk curator Toke Lykkeberg will be introducing his current exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, entitled Welcome Too Late, and lauching the film programme, which is an important part of the exhibition. Read more about the exhibition.

If there is international audience present, the talk will be in English. Otherwise in Danish.

About Charlottenborg Art Talks
Wednesdays Charlottenborg Art Talks presents talks, performances, film screenings, readings and debates about art by Danish and international artists, writers, curators and professors. The programme is arranged in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy og Fine Art’s Schools of Visual Arts. Admission to Charlottenborg Art Talks is free.
See the entire programme.

19 Mar
16.00 - 22.00
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CPH:DOX – Tindersticks Live x Kunsthal Charlottenborg

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Matinée Concert – 16 pm

Evening Concert – 20 pm

Music lovers, nature lovers, art lovers and sensitive souls – Listen up! We have something special for you:

The legendary Tindersticks are coming to town to give an exclusive tribute concert at CPH:DOX in March!

Tindersticks, one of the most legendary bands from the alternative music scene, with roots in both soul and jazz will hold two quirky, beautiful and thoughtful concerts during a unique concert experience at the venue Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The concert is a rare and very special performance of Tindersticks’ new work ‘Minute Bodies’, which is a tribute to the British photographer and timelapse pioneer F. Percy Smith, known for his innovative nature films from the beginning of the 1900s.

The performance is divided into two parts, both of which will be performed twice on Sunday, March 19.

Don’t miss this special concert experience!

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17 Mar
18.00 - 22.00

Welcome Too Late

When everything from climate to technology is changing at accelerating pace, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up. The future undercuts the present and the present recedes into the past at ever greater speed. Artists and documentarists experience arriving too late to the moment they’re trying to capture.

Instead of running after time, attempting to zoom in on the present moment, the tendency is now towards zooming out on other and bigger temporalities. This is the premise for the group exhibition Welcome Too Late in light of changes such as explosive population growth, rising temperatures and sea levels, automation, artificial intelligence, growing inequality, prospects of eternal life, resurrection of animal species and mass extinction.

Among others, the exhibition presents sculptures and movies by young artists as Iain Ball (1985, UK), Marguerite Humeau (1986, FR), and Katja Novitskova (1984, EE). Welcome Too Late is presented in collaboration with CPH:DOX and is curated by Toke Lykkeberg.

Welcome Too Late will be held at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg all the way from Sunday May 21, but there is only free entry under CPH:DOX from March 16-26. After this date Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s normal entry fee will be reintroduced (60 DKK).

Social media hashtag: #welcometoolate

8 Mar

Charlottenborg Art Cinema: Innocent on Death Row

The new cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg Art Cinema, has been given a unique opportunity through February and March when the cinema will be screening a series of acclaimed documentaries selected by the Why Foundation and created by some of the most respected documentarists.

The Why Foundation has selected 20 award-winning journalistic documentaries and distributed the films in a collected series called World Stories annually since 2015. Kunsthal Charlottenborg and The Why Foundation has collaborated on the screening of four films as a prelude to CPH:DOX by the title World Stories at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

Innocent on Death Row:
The boy ’Paco’ is innocently convicted for murder and rape in a town 500 km from his home in Manila. The absurdities and the injustice permeates this alluring documentary on the corruption and power which sentences an innocent, young boy to begin his life as ’guilty’ in a Philippine prison and who to this day remain incarcerated in Spain.

The case, which has surprisingly little focus on the real victims, becomes a matter of conspiracy and diversion in a heavy legal system. Pacos case is still active and can be followed by several media platforms such as

Duration: 45 min
Instruction: Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco
Country: The Philippines

The documentary will be played continuously from  March 9 at 11 a.m. until March 12 at 5 p.m.

Trailer to World Stories:

8 Mar
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Charlottenborg Art Talks: Kvindeudstillingen XX, 1975

On the International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, the book It happened at the Women’s Exhibition, Charlottenborg 1975 written by Birgit Pontoppidan will be launched at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

In connection with the release of the book, the author can be experienced at this week’s Charlottenborg Art Talks in conversation with the principal of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Visual Arts Sanne Kofod about the book and the Women’s Exhibition XX, 1975.

The Women’s Exhibition in Charlottenborg was a considerable exhibition featuring female contributions from 42 Danish and 50 foreign artists of which many were committed to their art being politically charged.

As described in It happened at the Women’s Exhibition, Charlottenborg 1975, there was various sorts of entertainment such as dancing, opera, poetry readings, each day of the exhibition, making it accessible for both men, women and children.

With 25.000 visitors in the mere 14 days it was open to the public, the exhibition was twice as visited as Charlottenborgs other exhibitions at the time.

At the event, it will be possible to purchase the book at Kunsthallens bookstore at a special price of 250 DKK.

1 Mar

Charlottenborg Art Cinema: Miners Shot Down

The new cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg Art Cinema, has been given a unique opportunity through February and March when the cinema will be screening a series of acclaimed documentaries selected by the Why Foundation and created by some of the most respected documentarists.

The Why Foundation has selected 20 award-winning journalistic documentaries and distributed the films in a collected series called World Stories annually since 2015. Kunsthal Charlottenborg and The Why Foundation has collaborated on the screening of four films as a prelude to CPH:DOX by the title World Stories at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

Miners Shot Down

In August 2012 a number of miners working at a platinum mine outside Johannesburg in South Africa decided to strike for better wages. The film follows both miners and employers in the six days leading up to the day when the strike ended in a massacre with 34 killed and several injured.

The shooting is described as the first post-apartheid massacre in the history of South Africa, and director Rehad Desai is able to visualize a political situation with a subtle conspiracy of the powerful bodies in the conflict that, to this day, refuses to take responsibility for.

Duration: 45 min
Instruction: Rehad Desai
Country: South Africa

The documentary will be played continuously from March 2 at 11 a.m. until March 9 at 4 p.m.

Trailer to World Stories:

1 Mar

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Angela Dimitrakaki

Is This Rosa Luxemburg or Is It Art? Revolutionary Memory and Feminist Struggle Today

The lecture considers the political and affective need for an exchange between 21st-century feminism and a revolutionary past that is violated, excised, and undermined: that of female socialist leaders and intellectuals.

With an emphasis on Sanja Ivekovic’s work on/with Rosa Luxemburg the analysis will raise broader issues pertaining to the potential of feminism as revolution today.

Dr Angela Dimitrakaki is a writer and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Her academic research focuses on feminist and Marxist methodologies in art history; globalisation and biopolitics; art and culture in post-1989 Europe; contemporary democracy and fascism.

Dimitrakaki currently works on two books forthcoming in 2017: Feminism, Art, Capitalism, on the potential and contradictions of feminist politics in art practice and theory today; and The Economic Subjects of Contemporary Art, on artists and curators’ increased emphasis on economic relations since 1989 in an effort to contribute to a trans-disciplinary understanding of art’s complex links with socio-economic processes.

Read more about Charlottenborg Art Talks.

22 Feb

Charlottenborg Art Cinema: Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

The new cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg Art Cinema, has been given a unique opportunity through February and March when the cinema will be screening a series of acclaimed documentaries selected by the Why Foundation and created by some of the most respected documentarists.

The Why Foundation has selected 20 award-winning journalistic documentaries and distributed the films in a collected series called World Stories annually since 2015. Kunsthal Charlottenborg and The Why Foundation has collaborated on the screening of four films as a prelude to CPH:DOX by the title World Stories at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
The instructors Najibullah Quraishi and Jamie Doran sheds light upon an ancient tradition in Afghanistan, where poor boys from the age of 10 unknowingly ends up as so-called “Bacha Bazi” – dancing boys.

The Boys are trained to sing and dance in seducing dresses in front of a male audience. Among the power elites there is a secret prestige in ‘owning’ the most talented dancing boys who are bought, sold and exploited sexually. This practice is illegal but nevertheless widespread, as the marked of The Dancing Boys consists of the power elite of society.

Duration: 45 min
Instruction: Najibullah Quraishi and Jamie Doran
Country: Afghanistan

The documentary will be played continuously from February 23 at 11 a.m. until March 1 at 4 p.m.

Trailer to World Stories:

15 Feb

Charlottenborg Art Cinema: Please Vote for Me

The new cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg Art Cinema, has been given a unique opportunity through February and March when the cinema will be screening a series of acclaimed documentaries selected by the Why Foundation and created by some of the most respected documentarists.

The Why Foundation has selected 20 award-winning journalistic documentaries and distributed the films in a collected series called World Stories annually since 2015. Kunsthal Charlottenborg and The Why Foundation has collaborated on the screening of four films as a prelude to CPH:DOX by the title World Stories at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

Please Vote For Me

Introduction to World Stories by the founder of the Why Foundation Mette Hoffmann Meyer, followed by screening of Please Vote For Me.

Is democracy a universal value adaptable to all? The Chinese director Weijun Chen unfolds a democratic experiment in which he lets a school class in Wuhan in central China vote on who should be their class-chairman.

The experiment unfolds the unsightly strategies of democracy in children’s height, and the film provides both insight into China today as well as to the strengths and weaknesses of democracy.
Weijun Chen’s film depicts the democratic processes in a time where it is not always entirely predictable who the people will elect.

Duration: 45 min
Instruction: Weijun Chen
Country: China

The documentary will be played continuously from February 16 at 11 a.m. until February 22 at 4 p.m.

Trailer til World Stories

15 Feb
17.00 - 19.00

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Uffe Elbæk & Thomas Agergaard

Forgotten Beats

In August 2016 Danish politician and leader of the political party Alternativet Uffe Elbæk asked the composer, musician and event maker Thomas Agergaard to become artist in residence at the Danish Parliament in Christiansborg.

Agergaard immediately accepted, proposing to create a sound installation based on recordings of the heartbeats of Danish politicians. The sound installation is sponsored by the famous Danish loudspeaker company Artcoustic.

About Charlottenborg Art Talks
Wednesdays Charlottenborg Art Talks presents talks, performances, film screenings, readings and debates about art by Danish and international artists, writers, curators and professors. The programme is arranged in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy og Fine Art’s Schools of Visual Arts.

8 Feb
18.30 - 20.30

Hemmeligheder alle vegne

Maria Wandel

Maria Wandel exhibits drawings in Charlottenborg Foyer in connection with the release of her artbook hemmeligheder alle vegne. The exhibition opens on February 8. 2017 with booklaunch and vernissage at 18.30 – 20.30.

At the exhibition and in the artbook, hemmeligheder alle vegne, Maria Wandels graphically powerful and at the same time, subtle drawings, a fascinating universe filled with hidden stories the viewer must uncover.

The artist often lets scripture be a part of the image, not as an educational measure, let alone a moral or political reprimand, but rather as a poetic addition which can be mysterious or humorous.

The authors Per Aage Brandt, Christina Hesselholdt and Christel Wiinblad, inspired by cartoons, have written poems and prose pieces, which are included in the book.

At the vernissage, the three authors will read aloud with the exhibition as background.
The Book is the first release on the newly-founded art and literature Publishing House, ARTUR, a Turbine publisher.

8 Feb
17.00 - 18.30

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Luis Berríos-Negrón

Undisciplinary Learning and the Social Pedestal

Luis Berríos-Negrón (Puerto Rico, 1971) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the intersection between sculpture, installation and environmentalism.

For this occasion of Charlottenborg Art Talks, Berríos-Negrón will delve into his collective and ongoing project “Anxious Prop” that explores the expansion of the performative field, the display of dematerialisation, and the academic reflex of art to get in the business of knowledge production.

Berríos-Negrón’s talk aims to open a discussion about “Anxious Prop” and the techniques, props, and preparations that allow us to sense the contemporary “environmental form” in lieu of digitalization and accelerated climate change.

Berríos-Negrón proposes this format of engagement between the artist and audience as a version of the “social pedestal” – one that may display, not necessarily knowledge or crystallized sculpture, but of personal and collective sensation as a political figure beyond our intentionality.

About the speaker
Luis Berríos-Negrón has an independent practice, and he is the founder of the Anxious Prop art collective and the Paramodular environmental design group. After a decade in Berlin Berríos-Negrón has now moved to Copenhagen.

He is currently PhD in philosophy at the Konstfack College of the Arts and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Parsons New School for Design.

1 Feb
17.00 - 19.00

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Sara Gebran


This evening artist Sara Gebran will talk about the works “Selection-Redo”, “Another 3” and the platform she initiated with Mathias Kryger called “Accion Gorila”.

The talk will focus on choreographic tools that can be used by any artists in any art discipline as: Exploded View, Holidays at work, Bribe, Laziness, B-way, Camouflage, Infiltration, Borrow, RE-. These are proposals that challenges the problems of artists at work, the lack of time, excess of administrative work, low income, competitive field, hijacked desire, capitalist post-depression, isolation, etc.

Sara Gebran is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and has lead the choreography education at the Danish National School of Performing Arts /Den Danske Scenekunstskolen 2012-16. Her artistic practice and teaching has been about experimenting between practice and theory, working across disciplines, in various forms of collaboration, including the agency of all the participants at work, both working with professionals and students.
The talk will be held in English, and the admission is free.

About Charlottenborg Art Talks
Wednesdays Charlottenborg Art Talks presents talks, performances, film screenings, readings and debates about art by Danish and international artists, writers, curators and professors. The programme is arranged in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts.

27 Jan
17.00 - 20.00

The Freshman Exhibition 2017

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art's Schools of Visual Arts

On Friday January 27, 25 artists present works at the annual exhibition for freshmans at the academy’s Schools of Visual Arts.

This year’s Freshman Exhibition can be experienced at the students exhibition space Q on Peder Skrams Gade 2, where it is on display from January 28-29. The opening of the Freshman Exhibition 2017 is Friday January 27 at 5pm. The opening is free and open for all.

The artist exhibiting are:
Casper-Malte Augusta, Martin Brandt Hansen, Frederik Exner Carstens, Søren Frederik Petersen, Mads Hyldgaard Nielsen, Ida Hy, Simon Jakobsson, Bjarke Jepsen, Ville Laurinkoski, Nellie Lindquist, Marine Morel, Anna Munk, Kristian Alexander Norden Minthe, Helene Norup Due, Aske Høier Olsen, Kristine Karlshøj Leopold Petersson, Simin Stine Ramenazali, Adele Marie Rannes, Ida Raselli, Miki Skak, Kristine Stage, Sofia Luna, Aske Thiberg, Christian Vindelev, Victoria West.

26 Jan
18.00 - 20.00

The Chocolate Wagon

Exhibition at the Pavillion by Sebastian Hedevang and Andreas Rønholt

The Chocolate Wagon
Sebastian Hedevang and Andreas Rønholt
Exhibition period: January 27 – February 12

Thursday January 26 you’re invited to the opening of Sebastian Hedevang and Andreas Rønholt’s exhibition The Chocolate Wagon at the Pavillion in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyard.

The Pavillion, which has been design by students of architecture Emil Fabritius Buchwald and Mads Nikolaj Brandt, is used as exhibition space for the students of The Schools of Visual Arts at the The Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

25 Jan
17.00 - 08.00

Charlottenborg Art Talks: Niels Norman

All Teachers are Cops: An introduction to alternative pedagogy

Nils Norman is an artist and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of the Fine Arts, Copenhagen. He has been exploring a variety of experimental approaches to art education at graduate and post graduate level in collaboration with friends and students since 1999.

Building upon ideas from a variety of writers, educationalists and projects that foreground student-led learning using experiential and academic research methods. His most recent text on the subject was published in Contestations: Learning From Critical Experiments In Education, Ed Tim Ivison & Tom Vandeputte, Bedford Press London, 2014.

About Charlottenborg Art Talks
Wednesdays Charlottenborg Art Talks presents talks, performances, film screenings, readings and debates about art by Danish and international artists, writers, curators and professors. The programme is arranged in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts.

11 Jan
17.00 - 20.00
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An Age of Our Own Making


In the last week of An Age of Our Own Making we have invited important voices to the exhibition series to make presentations: Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone will present the article “Urban Collective Life Down South” which has inspired the exhibition and is published in the catalogue.

Artists Harold Offeh, the duo Ali Al-Fatlawi & Wathiq Al-Ameri will present performances, and curator Solvej Helweg Ovesen will give a tour in the exhibition.
After the seminar the NGO Turning Tables will introduce to their work with young people in challenged areas.

The programme for the seminar looks as follows:
4.30pm: exhibition tour by curator Solvej Helweg Ovesen
5pm: Performance by Ali Al-Fatlawi & Wathiq Al-Ameri, foyer.
5.30pm: Lecture by AdbouMaliq Simone, moderated by af Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, The Cinema, mezzanine.
6.45pm: Performance by Harold Offeh performance, introduced by af Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, mezzanine.
7.15pm: Introduktion til Turning Tables’ arbejde om empowering marginalised youth through music and film

An Age of Our Own Making is an exhibition series in three “chapters” that took place in three Danish cities – in public space in Holbæk, at Roskilde Festival & The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde and at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen – from May 2016 to January 2017. The project is initiated and organized by The Municipality of Holbæk and is part of IMAGES 2016, an art programme that unfolded in art institutions and public spaces all over Denmark in 2016.