5 exhibitions for your winter holiday

We’re devoting this winter holiday to friendships, intimacy and excursions to distant lands.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Unveiled – photographs by Imogen Cunningham
The American photographer Imogen Cunningham is famous for her sensuous approach to the image, whether it be depicting naked bodies, still lifes or industrial sites. Gl Holtegaard’s new exhibition explores Cunningham’s work from the 1920s to the 1960s, comprising around 90 prints.

In the 1920s, photographers worked hard to make their photographs look like paintings, as photography was yet to be recognised as its own independent art form. But Cunningham made no such efforts – rather, she focused on the technological possibilities the camera could offer her, and aimed at clarity, crispness, and rawness in her work. Her photographs are stunning in their monochrome candidness, her iconic portrait of Frida Kahlo, which you have probably already seen, being a great example of this.

Studio Mumbai – in between the sun and the moon
India's leading architectural firm, Studio Mumbai, mainly consists of artisans and only a few architects who work together to find the best solutions for specific locations. Understanding the spirit of place is at the centre of their projects - they use local materials and count in natural contexts in ways that are foreign to the West, e.g. when drawing buildings that have to be monsoon-resistant. You can experience the studio's unique approach first-hand this winter at Danish Architecture Centre.

India is a land of contrasts, but Studio Mumbai does not find this problematic. They draw inspiration and ideas from opposites, and work with the tensions between poles – between tradition and modernity, city and countryside – to design spaces that are at once exciting and practical. 

Explore Arctic prehistory through cartoons
In the National Museum of Denmark's new exhibition ‘Qanga’, the Greenlandic artist and printmaker Nuka K. Godfredsen communicates the prehistory of Greenland through lively cartoons. ‘Qanga’, which means ‘in the olden days’, has previously been exhibited at North Atlantic House, as well as in Greenland and Japan.

The exhibition expands across two rooms that together pave the way for a spectacularly rounded Arctic experience, using various media. This includes music that has been composed specifically for the exhibition.

An intimate, sculptural universe
Gottfred Eickhoff is one of the most original Danish sculptors of the 20th century. In a new exhibition at Thorvaldsens Museum, you can get to know an artist who is unknown to many.

Eickhoff, who passed away in 1982, worked in a time in which art was growing increasingly abstract. Even so, he insisted on depicting the human body realistically. The result is sculptures of immensely poetic, sensual and intimate qualities.

Friendships in photographs, paintings and drawings
The winter holiday is the perfect time to spend a day with a close friend. In the exhibition ’Friendships’, Nivaagaard presents Scandinavian photo and video artists who investigate friendships as a phenomenon. Friendships exist between siblings, humans and animals, across generations, despite of differences, and can be both life-affirming and painful. The broad display explores both sides of the coin, ultimately highlighting the contrasts that pervade in any relation.

Representative of contemporary life, ‘Friendships’ brings to mind how we tend to quantify friendships on social media, chasing a high number of likes in interactions with many friends at once, often forsaking the dedication and time every friendship deserves. 

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Denise Rose Hansen