It’s Urgent!

In collaboration with Heartland Festival

18 jun – 11 aug 2019

Some of the world’s most acknowledged artists participate in the exhibition It’s Urgent!, which is displayed on advertising panels throughout Denmark during the spring election for the EU Parliament and the Danish Parliament. The exhibition is arranged by Heartland Festival and Kunsthal Charlottenborg and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Hans Ulrich Obrist has multiple times been voted number 1 in the art world by the respected art magazine ArtReview that every year makes a top 100 list of the art world’s most influential people. Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is director at Serpentine Galleries in London, performed last year in conversation with Salman Rushdie at Heartland Festival and has curated the exhibition ‘TAKE ME (I’m Yours)’ at Kunsthal Charlottenborg previously.

The exhibition is scheduled to be shown in the streets of Denmark during the upcoming election for both the EU Parliament and the Danish Parliament. It is no coincidence, because never has the artists’ voice been more necessary in the political debate than right now, Hans Ulrich Obrist explains:

“If there was ever a time that the world needed artists, it is now. We need their radical ideas, visions, and perspectives in society”.

The participating artists originate from various places in the world:
Etel Adnan (Lebanon/USA), Sophia Al-Maria (Qatar/USA), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Tony Cokes (USA), Olafur Eliasson (Denmark), Hans Haacke (Germany), Lauren Halsey (USA), Eileen Myles (USA), Precious Okoyomon (England), Wolfgang Tillmans (Germany), Rirkrit Tiravanija (Argentina/Thailand) & Nora Turato (Croatia).

The works are exhibited on AFA JCDecaux’s advertising panels throughout Denmark in May and June, and the works are presented together during Heartland Festival from 30 May – 1 June 2019 and subsequently in the court yard of Kunsthal Charlottenborg from 18 June – 11 August 2019.

The exhibition is organized by Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Heartland Festival in collaboration with AFA JCDecaux. Supported by The Danish Art Foundation and the Obel Family Foundation. Heartland’s art programme is supported by The Beckett Fonden and Øernes Kunstfond.