Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, kicked off its program as European cultural capital 2017 under the signs of diversity, democracy and sustainability. It extends an invitation to rethink the challenges of the contemporary world through the prism of art and culture. It proposes a full schedule of exhibitions, meetings, debates, concerts, visual and sound creations, experimentation and performance. The choice of the transgender Anohni as the artist in residence is emblematic. Anohni will be the creative force in the capital, creating different musical and visual artistic works.
Seven museums in the region scrutinize the values of Western society under the lens of the seven deadly sins (until May 28), one per institution, revisited by national and international artists. Barbara Kruger analyzes greed; Rebecca Louise Law focuses on pride; Jenny Holzer and Christian Lemmerz focus on lust; the brothers Jamex et Einar de la Torre deal with sloth; Katja Bjørn stages envy; Martin Erik Andersen, René Schmidt and the Vinyl Terror & Horror duo inquire wrath; and Peter Linde Busk, Steinar Haga Kristensen and Alexander Tovborg rethink avarice.
The contemporary art museum ARoS launches its triennial exhibit The Garden between April 8 and Sept. 10. It will present the depiction of nature in art in three parts. The first section goes from the Baroque until the Land Art of the ‘60s, passing through the German Romanticism and modernism; the second section, “the present,” will be visible in the streets of the city; and the third one, “The Future,” will unfold over four kilometers of shore, dotted with installations.