Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

24. October 2019 to 13. April 2020


Some 40 international contemporary artists and musicians interpret Leonard Cohen’s life and work in a comprehensive exhibition, setting new standards for the encounter between music, literature and visual art in a contemporary art exhibition.

Drawing large crowds when it opened in November 2017 in Cohen’s home town of Montréal, the exhibition invites visitors to participate in several interactive works. In this way, the exhibition develops an immersive and engaging sensory experience.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is organised by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and curated by John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC, as well as Victor Shiffman, Guest Curator. The exhibition is presented in Copenhagen by Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in collaboration with Nikolaj Kunsthal. The exhibition is on display at both art galleries from October 23, 2019 to March 8, 2020.

The exhibition in Copenhagen is presented with generous support from the A.P. Møller Foundation and the Obel Family Foundation and Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond.

A Life’s Work Recounted Through Contemporary Art

International artists such as Candice Breitz, Tacita Dean, Taryn Simon, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as musicians such as Moby, The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, Richard Reed Parry, Socalled, Feist, Julia Holter and many more contribute to the comprehensive exhibition. All works have been created exclusively for the exhibition. In their own special way, each of the artists communicate the unique manner in which the world-renowned Canadian combined text and music. Included is a large installation which highlights fty years of Cohen concerts and a special video installation which invites spectators to experience Cohen’s re ections, thoughts and ideas close up.

During the entire exhibition, there will be a wide range of events, including talks, salons, lectures, concerts and intimate shows organised by Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Developed with the Approval of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen approved of the exhibition concept, which concentrated on artists’ re ections on his life and work. Unfortunately, he was unable to see the nished exhibition prior to his death. Three years in the making, the exhibition premiered in the fall of 2017 in Montréal, on the rst anniversary of Cohen’s passing, and will travel
in the spring of 2019 to the Jewish Museum in New York. In October 2019, it will come to Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

‘This exhibition is an amazing opportunity, and we look forward to getting such an exciting and large-scale exhibition to Copenhagen. Guests can experience the exhibition at two unique locations, where the artwork is really allowed to unfold into a historical architecture. We look much forward to inviting the audience into both exhibition centers for a completely unique experience where poetry, spirituality and music play a leading role’, says Helene Nyborg, Artistic Director at Nikolaj Kunsthal

‘We are very proud to present the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal in the fall of 2019. The exhibition sets an entirely new standard for contemporary art exhibitions. It is an exhibition you will want to visit again and again’, says Helle Behrndt, Director of Kunstforeningen GL STRAND. She continues: ‘We are very excited to able to give the Danish audience an opportunity to experience the exhibition. Whether or not you are a fan of Leonard Cohen, you have something to look forward to’.

The exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything can be seen at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal from October 23, 2019 to March 8, 2020. One ticket will buy you access to both Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

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