Apr 21, 2017
HEART (Herning Museum of Contemporary Art), Herning, Denmark
On view April 21st, 2017 through August 27th, 2017
SOCLE DU MONDE BIENNALE 2017 – TO CHALLENGE THE EARTH, THE MOON, THE SUN & THE STARS
The 7th edition of Denmark’s oldest Biennale for contemporary art challenges the past, present and the future.
The 2017 version of Socle du Monde Biennale is subtitled: To challenge the Earth, the Moon, the Sun & the Stars. Not only a tribute to Manzoni, it pays homage to all great artists, before and after, who accepted the challenge of turning our world upside down. Consequently, Socle du Monde 2017 is a new exhibition platform, challenging the artists and coaxing them into experimenting with the past, the present, and the future. “The fact that Manzoni, with his epoch-making residency in Herning, produced art that made world history, obviously begs a gathering up of the past and continuously challenging the future, specifically here in Herning”, says Holger Reenberg, Director at HEART.
Socle du Monde 2017 presents a wide range of works by 62 artists from all over the world. Paintings, installation art, sculptures, and performances – from colorless paintings, shit in a can and live chickens to art exchanges and a dancing light robot.
The Biennale celebrates Piero Manzoni by turning its gaze partly towards the past, partly to the future as it presents a carefully chosen selection of exciting artists. It also presents a wide range of works that have never before been shown in Scandinavia.
The 2017 Socle Du Monde Biennale takes place at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning Højskole, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt’s Museum, The Geometric Gardens and HEART’s Sculpture Park.
The Socle du Monde Biennale will be presenting a number of internationally renowned curators headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director ZERO foundation, with curators Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum and Maria Finders. Assisting the team are Holger Reenberg, director at HEART and founding Director of The Socle du Monde Biennale, the director at Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Lotte Korshøj and Chief curator at HEART Michael Bank Christoffersen. Each of the 5 curators will create their individual chapter, based on a work by Manzoni, while the ‘outdoor’ chapters with permanent installations will be curated by the complete team.
The Socle du Monde Biennale was founded in 2002, making it the oldest Danish biennale focusing on contemporary art. It is named after Piero Manzoni’s groundbreaking sculpture Socle du Monde, one of the main masterpieces in the HEART collection.
Organized by HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark and the ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf
Socle du Monde Biennale 2017 is part of AARHUS 2017 – European Capital of Culture 2017.
HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts
Museum, Herning Højskole and the parks around HEART.
THE CURATORS AND THE CONCEPT
The Socle du Monde Biennale will be edging the quality a notch upwards in 2017, presenting a number of internationally renowned curators headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director ZERO foundation, with curators Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum and Maria Finders. Assisting the team are Holger Reenberg, director at HEART and founding Director of The Socle du Monde Biennale, the director at CarlHenning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Lotte Korshøj and Chief curator at HEART Michael Bank Christoffersen. Each of the 5 curators will create their individual chapter, based on a work by Manzoni, while the ‘outdoor’ chapters with permanent installations will be curated by the complete team.
HEART HERNING MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
HEART emerged between art and business and is driven by the spirit of the impassioned shirt manufacturer Aage Damgaard (1917-1991), who created the foundation for the museum collection, now totaling around 2000 works. Herning Art Museum was founded in 1977. In September 2009, the museum opened under a new name, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, and in a new building designed by the American iconic architect Steven Holl.
SOCLE DU MONDE BIENNALE 2017 – IN THE SPIRIT OF MANZONI
The 2017 edition of the Socle du Monde Biennale explores the artistic universe of Piero Manzoni. A stellar array of internationally acclaimed artists and curators take Manzoni’s boundary-breaking art as their starting point, contributing contemporary as well as historic angles on the subject. Piero Manzoni’s art – which addresses topics such as identity, spirit, light, body, faces, space, time, birth and earth – is the starting point that binds together the entire Biennale. Contemporary artists join artists who are no longer with us to create a web of works that cut across each other, challenging and discussing our concepts of art – all very much in the spirit of Manzoni.
Just like Manzoni’s world-famous work Merda d’Artista (Artist’s Shit) elevates shit to the status of art, Socle du Monde (Base of the World) turns the entire world into a work of art. Manzoni pushes back the boundaries of what we can perceive as art, and this idea is the starting point of the 2017 Socle du Monde Biennale.
ENGAGING MANZONI IN A DIALOGUE
The 2017 Socle du Monde Biennale unfolds itself as a meeting between some sixty artists, all engaging directly with Manzoni’s work. The Biennale comprises seven chapters, each curated by a member of the
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