The exhibition Behaviour provides artworks by Carsten Höller as tools to influence the experience of visiting another art exhibition.
Höller has put a number of his works on display/at use which allow visitors to see (and smell) the densely hung paintings from Kunsten’s collection in a way that “enlarges” the usual way of experiencing art. The paintings that can be experienced in new ways are by Else Alfelt, Karel Appel, Lucebert, Egill Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Helmut Sturm, Victor Varsarely and other artists of the Linien and CoBrA movement.
Behaviour at Kunsten is presented simultaneously with Carsten Höller’s exhibition Reproduction at Copenhagen Contemporary. Both exhibitions complement each other, exploring together the human experience of and response to the world around us. At Copenhagen Contemporary, the desire for having children is compared to the challenge to position oneself in this world as a child, while consciousness awakens.
Revolving Hotel Room by Carsten Höller can be booked for one night to be spent at Kunsten. The room, which is an artwork in itself, is part of Höller’s solo exhibition Behaviour at the museum. It will allow overnight guests to experience his exhibition and the works of the collection on display, within the architecture of the Alvar Aalto-designed building, alone (or with one’s partner) during the hours when Kunsten is usually closed.
Revolving Hotel Room consists of three slowly rotating glass discs bearing a bed and some furniture. It gives the guest an experience of continual rearrangement of the furniture, the architecture, and the artworks on display, in relation to the position of one’s own body.
Drehendes Hotelzimmer (Revolving Hotel Room), 2008
© Carsten Höller/VBK, Wien, 2008, Kunsthaus Bregenz. Photo: Markus Tretter
Installation view: Carrousel, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, 2008.
Carsten Höller has been invited to exhibit at Kunsten as a part of the pARTicipate exhibition series, which focuses on the public’s active participation in art. Kunsten pARTicipate is a multi-year exhibition series in which international contemporary artists work on new projects for Kunsten. The invited artists create art that engages the public either via performative strategies, sensual installations or with user involvement and co-creation. Kunsten pARTicipate pays tribute to human creativity and creative power and provides space for participation. Previous exhibitions in the series include Ernesto Neto’s Rui Ni / Voices of the Forest (2016), Roman Ondak’s History Repeats Itself (2017) and Tino Sehgal’s This Success/This Failure (2018).
Carsten Höller, who grew up in Brussels with German parents, is renowned for his experimental approach to art, and his installations can literally take the form of a scientific experiment without, however, a scientist being present measuring responses. Höller holds a PhD (1988) and a Habilitation (1993) in agricultural sciences, and his scientific background is crucial to his artistic practice, even though it often takes the form of a critical approach towards the predominant scientific/materialistic world view. Höller has exhibited at some of the most renowned museums in the world, including solo-exhibitions at Tate Modern in London (2006), Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin (2010), New Museum in New York (2011), and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (2018).
Portrait Carsten Höller @ photo by John Scarisbrick