28. August 2015 to 25. October 2015

Copenhagen’s five kunsthalles, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nikolaj Kunsthal and Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, are presenting 41 artistic positions in the form of one joint exhibition.

The heading for the exhibition is trust – trust in one another and trust in art’s way of making us see the wellknown in a new perspective. Through a multitude of aesthetic idioms, the aim of the exhibition is to create renewed interest in art as an important space for reflection and as way of sensing and making sense of the world. As a result TRUST is formulated around the city and its scenography of well-known institutions – for instance, the shop, the church, the castle – just as everyday life and everyday objects form a consistent strand running through the exhibition. As an extension of this, each of the five institutions has been assigned a name that functions as a subtitle for the individual exhibition and refers to the institution’s special history and identity.

TRUST can also be experienced at Nørgaard Paa Strøget, Roma’s Pizza & Burger House, The Lake Radio and Vester Vov Vov.

TRUST is curated by Sonia Dermience.

The Temple

For the exhibition, Nikolaj Kunsthal has changed its name to The Temple - hereby symbolically acknowledging the building's employment as a place for devotion, first for church-goers and now for an art public. In Nikolaj Kunsthal, three artist groups each presents an extensive installation, all relating to the church and our present-day rituals and modes of devotion. The three works explore what we worship at this point in our history where the notion of the divine is no longer so central to our philosophy, and where new modes of idolisation present themeselves. The exhibtion involves discussions about our contemporary devotion to different kinds of consumption, about rituals and contemplation in nature and art as well as the interplay between designed and social spaces - in either ironic, ceremonious or self-conscious ways. A shared trait of the exhibitors in Nikolaj Kunsthal is that all are artist groups. This particular way of organisation calls for the individual to renounce her/his autonomy and have faith in the collaborative forces as a mean of reaching a higher goal.

Participating artists: A Kassen, Jessica Baxter and We Are The Painters

For more information about TRUST, programme and venues:

Copenhagen Art Festival 2015