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Big Art exhibition opens in Copenhagen's Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Art on a massive scale has arrived at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg, launching their fall season. Big Art celebrates the intersection between art and architecture, as the acclaimed Bjark Ingels Group presents the works of nineteen contemporary artists from all over the world. Bjark Ingels is one of Denmark’s leading architects, responsible for intriguing buildings and urban spaces across the globe. His Copenhagen apartment complex 8 Tallet is a must-see for architecture buffs, while his whimsical Lego House in Billund delights visitors with its Lego-brick like structure.

‘Big Art,’ Shepard Fairey, No title (2011). Installationview, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2018. Photo by: Anders Sune Berg

For Big Art, the 1000 sq m south wing of Charlottenborg’s gallery will be taken over by works on a 1:1 scale, by artists including Ai Weiwei and Douglas Coupland, and director Lars Von Trier. ‘Our creative collaborations with artists from all over the world have been some of the most meaningful moments in our architectural adventures and we are very pleased to see them celebrated in this exhibition, where everyone can experience the artists’ installations at the scale they were intended to be in’, explains Bjark Ingels.

‘Big Art’, Jeppe Hein, ‘Modified Social Bench’ (2012), Victor Ash ‘Car Mountains’ (2018). Installationview, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2018. Photo by: Anders Sune Berg

Visitors can discover BIG works including Copenhagen’s unique Superkilen community park, Northern Lights, which is currently being integrated into a Toronto skyscraper, and Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, created for his serial killer thriller and billed as ‘not for the faint of heart’.

‘Big Art’, Snarkitecture, ‘The Beach Chair’, Installationview, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2018. Photo by: Anders Sune Berg

Big Art gets underway on 20 September with a free talk by Bjark Ingels and some of the exhibition’s artists at 5pm, followed by the official opening at 6pm. The exhibition runs from 21 September 2018 to 13 January 2019; admission is 90 DKK.

By Caroline Hadamitzky