Museums Corner | Inclusion – Exclusion

The theme of exclusion has always played an important role in art. Here is a guide to different exhibitions dealing with themes of inclusion and exclusion, the wanted and unwanted, and the private and shared. The exhibitions explore different subjects such as what it means to be a Copenhagener, the particular political and historical situation of the apartheid regime, the use of humour in dealing with social exclusion, and the question of what can be shared with others and what remains private.

Becoming a Copenhagener
Most people living in Copenhagen were not born in Copenhagen. They come to the city because they have fallen in love with its streets and buildings or perhaps one of its inhabitants. They come in search of jobs, education, friendships, or a new identity. The exhibition Becoming a Copenhagener tells the story of immigration as a key ingredient in Copenhagen’s growth and development. Under the themes of ‘Arrivals’, ‘Wanted-Unwanted’, ‘Urban Communities’ and ‘Cosmopolitan Copenhagen’, the exhibition explores the physical traces left by the citizens of Copenhagen in former times, the urbanisation process, conflicts and hybrid life forms − seen through the lens of immigration.
Københavns Museum, Vesterbrogade 59, Cph V; permanent exhibition

Dimensions of Sharing
In the group exhibition Dimensions of Sharing, Suzanna Asp, Maija Luutonen, Sini Pelkki and Pilvi Takala explore the interface between physical and mental spaces, and between the private and the shared. The focal point of the exhibition is the question of what can be shared with others, and what remains private. Through photography, video, painting, drawing and installation, this issue is unfolded both in the interplay between the artists’ individual practices, and in the encounter between work and viewer. The works reach out to the viewer in different ways, focusing on the special language of art and the way it communicates in public, while at the same time resonating with something very private within us.
Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Overgaden Neden Vandet 17, Cph K; ends Jan 20, 10:00-17:00

Waiting for God
Waiting for God by Tracey Rose is the South African artist’s first solo exhibition and the very first presentation of her work in Denmark. Rose established herself as an artist after the apartheid regime, and her work revolves around this particular political and historical situation. The exhibition offers an insight into her work and investigates the complex visual language in her provocative visual world, which includes an array of multi-faceted characters.
Nikolaj Kunsthal, Nikolaj Plads 10, 1067 Cph K; started Dec 1, ends Jan 27, open 12:00-17:00

Storm P Anew
In his works, Storm P paid special attention to the socially excluded, and now a group of artists are exhibiting the result of an inclusion project at the Storm P Museum. The exhibition is a result of a collaborative project between the Storm P Museum and the Psychiatric Center in Frederiksberg. The artists involved in the project have practised their artistic skills in a dialogue with Storm P’s works and an art teacher. The result is new and thought-provoking interpretations of Storm P’s works.
Storm P Museet, Frederiksberg Runddel, Frederiksberg; started Jan 11, ends Jan 25, 10:00-16:00

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