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Three exhibitions
dal 17/9/2014 al 31/12/2014

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Three exhibitions

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Keren Cytter presents two series of new drawings, a selection of 8 films that includes signature pieces and new works. "The Eros of Understanding" presents a wide selection of Rose English's work from the last 40 years. Jennifer Tee's visual and sculptural language captures and re-activates occurring themes within western art history.

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Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter (b. 1977 in Tel Aviv, lives in New York) is a prolific storyteller. She works mainly with video and film and has made more than 65 scripts and films within the last decade. In 2008 she founded the dance and theatre company D.I.E. NOW (Dance International Europe Now) and in 2010 she co-founded APE – Art Projects Era, a foundation working from New York and Rotterdam with the aim to realise art projects outside of traditional institutional structures.

For her comprehensive solo exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg Keren Cytter presents two series of new drawings, a selection of eight films that includes signature pieces and new works, as well as a two-part text piece relating the works to each other and to the galleries where they are situated.

Keren Cytter uses numerous cinematic references in her film works as she ignores, violates and reveals the unwritten rules of filmmaking. Simple editing tricks, visual effects and fast and cheap production are central elements in Cytter’s toolbox, and she is not afraid of quoting, mixing and making styles and genres clash: Home-movie horror meets soap opera and kitsch, lo-fi Hollywood glamour is mashed up with French film noir and the mockumentary genre. The actors often have multiple roles and speak several languages within the same film; sometimes women are acting as men and vice versa. Besides the visual material Cytter also draws heavily on music to create a certain drama and atmosphere within her films. The narratives are often broken up and touch on themes of love, hate, sex, jealousy, revenge and violence.

The exhibition presented in collaboration with CPH:DOX.

The exhibition is produced by Kunsthal Charlottenborg and will travel to Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

The exhibition is supported by Aage og Johanne Louis-Johansen's Foundation, The Danish Art Foundation and Embassy of Israel in Copenhagen


Rose English
The Eros of Understanding

The British artist Rose English (b. 1950) began her work as an artist in an age where cross-pollination between different artistic disciplines was neither widely known nor encouraged. As a student she found herself expelled from two art academies for working with performance art, which was regarded as the specific province of theatre. However, a general blurring of categories had already been set in motion, and in 1973 English graduated from the rather more progressive Fine Art Department of Leeds Polytechnic, which gave her the opportunity to create performance art and to cut across established artistic categories.

Drawing on conceptual art and dance, Rose English’ practice emerged in the feminist and performance art scenes in 1970s London. She explores metaphysical issues and discusses themes such as identity, gender politics, and the role of the artist. English operates in a field where many different art forms intersect, appearing in contexts and disguises that combine performance and installation art, theatre, dance, and film. She acts as hostess, entertainer, and philosopher in her performances, thereby transforming the stage into a space for thought and reflection.

During the 1970s and 1980s English was a prominent voice within London’s feminist movement and underground scene. Together with film director Sally Potter and composer Lindsay Cooper she created the groundbreaking feminist feature film The Gold Diggers (1983); all the crew working on the film were women, and all were paid the same salary. In the 1990s she collaborated with a range of legendary fashion designers, including Mr. Pearl, who is particularly famous for his corsets and has dressed celebrities such as pop star Kylie Minogue, burlesque artist Dita von Teese, and top model Jerry Hall. English herself has appeared as an actor in experimental and mainstream film alike.

The Eros of Understanding presents a wide selection of Rose English’s work from the last 40 years, combining visual art with theatre, circus, opera, and poetry. One of the recurring figures in English’s composite oeuvre is the horse. The culture surrounding riding and equestrian sports has fascinated English for decades, and the horse appears as a figure, main character, and performer in many of her works. This exhibition activates the artist’s own archives and sees her deconstructing iconic props and objects from previous performances. She also directly addresses the fleeting, ephemeral qualities inherent in performance art, playing with a range of different manifestations of presence and absence – of artist and horse – through the three exhibition rooms.

This is the first time ever that English’s extremely eclectic and extensive range of work is brought together and exhibited at an art institution. The exhibition is shaped by Rose English’s reflections on the stage, the performer, the audience, and the notion of ‘the big show’. The Eros of Understanding brings together a range of central works in the form of videos, photographs, and props as well as vignettes, ephemera, costumes, notebooks, and storyboards.

The exhibition is curated by Stine Hebert.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansens Foundation and Richard Saltoun & Karsten Schubert, London.


Jennifer Tee
Occult Geometry
18 september – 2 november

Signal - Center for Contemporary Art from Malmö will occupy two galleries in Kunsthal Charlottenborg's South wing. Here they present the exhibiton Occult Geometry by artist Jennifer Tee (b. 1973).

Intricate and almost impossible ceramics, hand-knitted crystalline floor pieces, swirling and balancing wooden bows reminiscent of bones, electromagnetic waves or other invisible currents. The work of Jennifer Tee, comprised of sculpture, installation, performance, photography and collages, is the exploration of a continuous dialogue between material experimentation and philosophical contemplation.

In Occult Geometry Tee's visual and sculptural language captures and re-activates occurring themes within western art history imbued with eastern philosophy. The composition and geometrical arrangement of objects conveys a deep interest in the notion of sculpture exploring the possible fluidity of a structure, the transparency of a solid surface paired with the possibility of concealing matter inside it, and the transitional quality of shifting function and becoming a stage for a choreography of future actions and movements. These are simultaneously formal and intellectual concerns that amalgamate in an attempt to visualise the fragile relationship between mind, body, and spirit.

The exhibition is curated and produced by Signal – Center for Contemporary Art.

Image: Keren Cytter, Der Spiegel, 2007 video still

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Opening: 18th september 19–22

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