Louisiana Museum of Modern Art opens ARCTIC

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents ARCTIC an exhibition on view September 26 2013 – February 2 2014.

Gerhard Richter, Eisberg, 1982. 101 cm x 151 cm. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Photo: Toni Ott.

Gerhard Richter, Eisberg, 1982. 101 cm x 151 cm. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Photo: Toni Ott.


Louisiana’s major, multi-faceted autumn exhibition explores a wonderful, fragile, frightening and powerful world. ARCTIC is a story about dreams, destiny, adventure and beauty. It is a tale of fear, fascination, desire, downfall, and survival in spite of everything. A quest for a location, real and imagined, that through the centuries has stirred up strong drives and emotions, fascinating and attracting artists, scientists, writers and adventurers alike.

ARCTIC is science, heroic tales and visual art – reflected in longing, ideals and observation. In one of its many strands the exhibition tells the story of five of the heroes and their historic expeditions which in the course of 100 years has each in its own way written a very different chapter of the great epic of Conquest: the absurd story of Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), who disappeared without a trace; the elegant tale of Fridtjof Nansen (1831-1930); the fatal balloon voyage of Captain Salomon August Andrée (1854-1897); the almost parodic race for the Pole between Frederick Cook (1865-1940) and Robert Peary (1856-1920); and our very own sledge traveller, the beloved son of the landscape and its people, Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933).

More information: www.louisiana.dk

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