Excavating Contemporary Archaeology

Kunsthal Aarhus is front figure of the art project Excavating Contemporary Archaeology which in the years 2018-2020 explores the diverse European cultural heritage. Through* Excavating Contemporary Archaeology* Kunsthal Aarhus and three other European art institutions will investigate how cultural heritage can inspire us with new perspectives on art, cultural history and cultural and historical identity.

The project is created in collaboration between four European art institutions; MUCEM (Marseille, France), AIR Antwerpen (Antwerpen, Belgium), Point (Nicosia, Cyprus) and Kunsthal Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark). Together with our partners, we invite a number of international artists to examine and interpret local cultural history through their own artistic practices. The artworks created in this process will be exhibited at the four art institutions throughout 2019 and all artworks will be exhibited at Kunsthal Aarhus in 2020.

In accordance with this year’s slogan, Our Cultural Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future, Excavating Contemporary Archaeology will furthermore focus on children and teenagers encounters with cultural heritage. In Denmark, France and on Cyprus we will, therefore, invite school children of 11-15 years of age to participate in an educational programme that will focus on the children's own exploration and understanding of the many possibilities of cultural heritage through their active participation. The educational programme, Your Culture – Your History: How Can You Use Cultural Heritage Today? will in Denmark involve two schools from Aarhus.

Excavating Contemporary Archaeology is supported by EU Creative Europe Culture in connection to the celebration of The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The goal of the Cultural Heritage Year is to increase the awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to celebrate Europe’s cultural richness and diversity.

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