01.Jun.2017 - 25.Aug.2017
  • Exhibition

Exhibition programme for 2017

Thomas Hirschhorn

Cécile B. Evans

Otobong Nkanga


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Roman Signer

Song Dong

Afgang 2017

Ulla von Brandenburg

Berlinde de Bruyckere

We are pleased to announce an ambitious programme on the occasion of Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017. The exhibition programme is packed with world-renowned artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Otobong Nkanga, Cécile B. Evans, Roman Signer, Song Dong and the designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. We are also happy to announce two exhibitions with Ulla von Brandenburg and Berlinde de Bruykere - both produced in collaboration with Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017. Also, 2017 is the year were we at Kunsthal Aarhus is celebrating our 100th birthday. We are looking forward to invite you into a cornucopia of exhibitions and events. Follow our web page for updates.

Exhibition programme 2017:


Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Pixel-Collage  
20 January-19 March
Swiss artist, Thomas Hirschhorn, is internationally acclaimed for his installations, collages and social happenings in public spaces. Hirschhorn is concerned with politics and culture, and there is always a strong political message embedded in his works. He uses common materials such as cardboard, foil, duct tape, recycled cans and plastic wrap. At Kunsthal Aarhus, Hirschhorn will present a new series of pixel-collages. Hirschhorn appropriates these images and enlarges them up to the scale of advertising billboards. In many of these, the horrific is left uncovered and only portions of the collage with fashion images are pixelated.

Cécile B. Evans (B/USA), What the Heart Wants
20 January-19 March
Belgium-American Cécile B. Evans is tranforming the basement of to an enveloping enviroment with the video installation What the Heart Wants. The work is examining the human state of being in a increasing globalized and tecnology driven world. What influence the digital technologies have on the way we communicate and share our feelings. This exhibitions is Evan's first in Denmark.

Otobong Nkanga (NGR), The encounter that took a part of me
31 March-28 May
The sculptures, installations, performances, drawings and photographs of Nigerian artist, Otobong Nkanga, examine ideas about land, cartography, the value attached to natural resources and environmental issues. Nkanga collects human and natural traces left in objects and landscapes. These objects are poetically displayed on tables and built structures in such a way that they trigger memory, thought or emotion. The exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus, co-produced with Nottingham Contemporary, England, will consist of two large installations. 


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (F), OUI
26 May-31 December 2019
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec from France are major figures of contemporary international design. Within the last 20 years the Bouroullec brothers have designed a large number of different chairs, sofas, tables, lamps, desks, plates, partition walls, ceramics, glass, textiles and much more. At Kunsthal Aarhus Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will present several new outdoor chimneys. The Bouroullec brothers have chosen to premiere the new chimney pieces in the park of Kunsthal Aarhus.

Solkorset (DK), Opløsningstid: En video af Solkorset
16 June-13 August
In 1986–91 the artist group Solkorset (meaning The Solar Cross) created a range of vast, spectacular installations that addressed themes such as consumer society and humanity’s relationship with technology, tackling these issues from an aesthetic point of view.

The group comprised five artists: Kim Grønborg, Robin Lybecher, Marianne Jørgensen, Jesper Rasmussen and Hans E. Madsen, who replaced Birgit Luxhøj after the first two exhibitions. Solkorset experimented with radical, unusual methods and rules of conduct in their working processes, where all five artists worked together creating each work. Solkorset applied a range of dogma-like rules, for example that they would work in a site-specific manner where the exhibition space was an integral part of the work of art, and that all works would be destroyed as soon as the exhibition had ended.

Now, Solkorset reunites at Kunsthal Aarhus – the place where the group exhibited together for the first time as a collective in 1986. After 25 years apart, the group will show if it can re-establish its boundary-breaking collaborative approach while reinterpreting their distinctive working method from back then.

Roman Signer (CH), Installation
16 June-13 August
Swiss artist, Roman Signer, is internationally recognized for his sculptures, films, videos and installations. His works explore the relationship between sudden energy releases – transformation, explosions and demolition – and calmness between order and chaos. In collaboration with Kvadrat, Kunsthal Aarhus is proud to present this unique contemporary artist and his works for the first time in Denmark. Signer will show both new and existing works, including films and sculptural works at Kunsthal Aarhus and two commissioned permanent outdoor sculptures at the Kvadrat headquarters in Ebeltoft.


Song Dong (CHN), The Centre of the World
1 September-29 October
For Aarhus 2017, Kunsthal Aarhus presents the major solo exhibition, Collaborations, by renowned Chinese artist, Song Dong, which begins with making an edible replica of the City of Aarhus and a public performance where citizens of Aarhus will be able to – literally – eat a large scale model of the city made from biscuits. The exhibition Eating the City will mark Kunsthal Aarhus' celebration of Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017, and parallel to Eating the City Song Dong will develop his public art commission – an architectural installation entitled The Centre of the World, located in the garden of Kunsthal Aarhus. 


Ulla von Brandenburg (D), It Has A Golden Sun and An Elderly Grey Moon
10 November 2017–14 January 2018 
Acclaimed German artist, Ulla von Brandenburg, explores her distinct visual language that draws on the traditions and tropes of theatre, film and storytelling in a new film and installation created for Aarhus. Von Brandenburg’s works, characterised by their use of curtains, costumes, props and staged settings, draws on a range of historical references, including the tableau vivant, modern theatre, folk traditions and iconic architecture. Combined with song and movement, these elements suggest a symbolic staging of ritualised encounters that are central to her oeuvre. With a unique signature style that brings film, architecture and installation together, her works explore the relationships between people and the different levels of collective consciousness.

The exhibition is arranged in collaboration with Aarhus 2017.

Berlinde de Bruykere (B)
10 November–31 December 2017
Acclaimed Belgium artist, Berlinde De Bruyckere will create a new commission for Kunsthal Aarhus. Working with nature and imagination, combining human, vegetal and animal forms, De Bruyckere create works that update our idea of Metamorphosis. De Bruyckere makes a sculptural environment calling upon the aesthetics of the baroque and surreal to conjure up objects and installations that will capture the viewer in an encounter with the inexplicable. De Bruyckere manifests her astonishing and sublime works from a process of casting and sculpting in hardened wax and animal skins. The effect is uncanny, flesh like and petrified. In three separate gestures and three spaces, De Bruyckere takes the viewer on a journey of transformation and haunting mutuality.

The exhibition is arranged in collaboration with Aarhus 2017.

Projects :


Amalie Smith (DK), Nicolas Boone (FR), Virgile Fraissse (FR), Basim Magdy (EH), Kim Heecheon (KR), Lehman Brothers (DK)

Collaborative projects:

En rigtig dansk familie [A Real Danish Family] – Gillian Wearing, SMK og DR

Roskilde Festival – Gloria lounge organized and curated by Kunsthal Aarhus
Artists: Richard John Jones, Nat Bloch Gregersen/Mathilde Mørk, Merete V. Slyngborg, Barthélémy Toguo, Natsuko Uchino, Kim Heecheon



It Has A Golden Sun and An Elderly Grey Moon, Part I & II