Summer and the City

This summer, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a broad spectrum of international art and culture. Outdoor, underground and high above, enjoying summer in Copenhagen is an easy art to master when the French Impressionists, bubbly beverages, and architectures by Hiroshi Sambuichi and Zaha Hadid await at your fingertips.
Friday, June 23, 2017

The Cisterns x Hiroshi Sambuichi: Water will flow
The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark, and with its past as a water reservoir it is one of the country’s most unique exhibition spaces. Every year, the cave beneath Frederiksberg Hill invites a new exhibition to inhabit its concrete grotto of stalactites and stalagmites. Quite appropriately, this year’s exhibition by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi is entitled The Water; for the first time since the reservoir was drained in 1981, water will flow again in the underground halls. Let Sambuichi guide you through an underground sea of light and darkness, as he modifies the Cisterns in his first major exhibition outside Japan. Also in his architectural practice, Sambuichi uses natural phenomena as his building materials, paying acute attention to the distinctive features of a place to create architectures of pertinence and natural symbiosis. Until February 2, 2018.

On August 27, 19.00 and August 28, 09.20, you can have an extra special experience in the Cisterns when electronic composer Tobias Kirstein adds an auditory dimension to The Water, as part of CPH Art Week.

Giant pinecones and world-class architecture
Art Park Ordrupgaard is a three-year project that invites internationally acclaimed artists to design site-specific artworks that somehow take in the museum’s beautiful surrounding park. This year, the Danish artist duo Rani and Katrine have created a Pinecone Cone Pavilion for the park. The pine cone has long been used as a decorative element, as symbolising knowledge. Viewers might associate the shape of the pavilion from huts in Sudan, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, or Baron Norman Foster’s Gherkin in 30 St Mary Axe, London. Visiting Ordrupgaard is also a chance to survey the late Zaha Hadid’s extension to the museum from 2005, and to wander through the permanent collections French Impressionist art, spanning Rousseau, Delacroix, Degas, Cézanne, and Danish art from the Golden Age, from Hammershøi to Eckersberg. 

Friday night at the brewery
Every Friday from June 2nd to August 25th, 18.00-22.00, Visit Carlsberg hosts an outdoor bar event on the old cobblestones by the brewery’s iconic chimney. Carlsberg’s bartenders stand ready by the beer taps to pour you a cold pint, chefs fire up the BBQ, and the house DJ plays summer chill-out tunes to set the perfect mood for a “hyggelig” Friday evening. As always, the brewery offers beer tastings, horse carriage rides, and guided tours that explore the heritage site where Jacobsen brewed the very first Carlsberg.

Bubbles with a view and a historical journey to Sicily
The Glyptotek’s roof terrace is open when the weather calls for it, serving refreshments with a view of Copenhagen’s domes, church steeples and Tivoli rollercoasters. If you think everything is better with bubbles, visit between 15.00 and 17.30 when the cava bar is open. If the weather disappoints, you can journey to the coast of Sicily in the special exhibition War and Storm: Treasures from Sicily. The exhibition explores archaeological finds from shipwrecks off the Italian island’s coast through a period of 3000 years. The objects bear witness to Sicily’s multicultural history. A natural trading nexus for merchants from near and far, Sicily has been home to Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, who all exchanged goods, knowledge and cultural customs, reminding us that globalisation is not a 21st-century phenomenon. Until August 20.

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Denise Rose Hansen