Prelude to SkulpturOdense’21: A Total Work of Art in the Age of the Pandemic
by Jens Ramsing
On Thursday the 1st of July, it’s happening! Join one of Odense’s best cultural events in 2021: Experience 34 works by 48 Danish and international artists in the manor park’s beautiful summer landscape. We open on Thursday, at 16. One of the highlights of the day will be the presentation of a large gesamtkunstwerk, created by the five participants in Hollufgård’s residency program 2020-21, “Times of Change”.
“Love all” takes place in the tennis universe, and it will be about freedom as a dilemma during a pandemic, and about insisting on creating art during closure and restrictions. The artists have collaborated virtually this winter. And for the past six weeks, they have been working at high pressure in the workshops to create the elements of the work and assemble the parts into a whole.
An impressive achievement and we are so excited to see and hear the result!
The five artists are: Author Morten Søndergaard, Performer and composer Marcela Lucatelli (BRA / DK) as well as the visual artists Lisa Kottkamp (D), Birgitte Christens and Miroslaw Baca (PL)
Prelude to SkulpturOdense’21: Baldur Burwitz
by Jens Ramsing
The German multi-artist Baldur Burwitz has decorated his little cottage. It is borrowed from Odense’s Christmas market, and Baldur has transformed it into a laboratory in 1930s style. Here he produces biological plastic from dead insects collected under the park area’s many lamps.
Insects cannot tolerate our many light sources. They think they have found the sun and keep circling the lamp until they die of exhaustion.
Baldur’s work is a diabolical comment on our mass extermination of the insects: The more dead insects, the more plastic he can produce. During the summer, the material will slowly transform into a sculpture, a mysterious avenger who appears in the park: “The Mothman Strikes Back”.
His work can be followed from the opening on July 1. and throughout the exhibition, until October 31.
Prelude to SkulpturOdense’21: Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
by Jens Ramsing
“X” – a metal cage with gracefully curved lattice, which hangs in the park and glows yellow in the sun. The cage has an inherent function as a swing. The work is inspired by the 1934 film “Zou Zou”, in which the performer Josephine Baker sits in a large cage and sings like a canary being held captive.
As a supplement to the work, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen performs her performance “Bloodfeathers (X is a Tree)”, where she takes the audience on a walk to selected trees in the park. She personifies the trees and connects each of them with a love affair. When love is over, the memories live on in the trees and get new life as a story.
These are two independent works, but in the Sculpture Park they merge into one story, where the oversized birdcage is a symbol of unfree love.
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen’s performance can be experienced on Thursday July 1 at the opening of SkulpturOdense’21.
SkulpturOdense’21 Behind The Scenes: Andreas Slominski
By Jens Ramsing
Andreas Slominski: Untitled, 2017. Plastic, metal, toilet paper, rivets, 120 x 110 x 230 cm
Lending from Museum Jorn, Silkeborg
Andreas Slominski’s red toilet is now mounted on the wall at the entrance to the exhibition. The work, which is on loan from Museum Jorn, is an example of Slominski’s mischievous and ambiguous universe.
German conceptual artist Andreas Slominski is internationally known for his diabolical and absurd inventions, such as mousetraps hidden in toys, or a football which is claimed to contain the skull of a child. In the work in the Sculpture Park, he apparently plays up more innocently:
The toilet is kept in Dannebro’s festive and inviting red-white colors, but the door is closed and the toilet is placed so that it is impossible to enter. Slominski challenges the so-called reason and normality and turns the world upside down: If only one could walk on walls, then one could get into the toilet, and from there maybe up into the sky!
The toilet is full of references – both to the absurd world of the Dada movement just after the First World War, and to Marcel Duchamp’s famous ready-made, such as, the bicycle wheel mounted on a stool.
Light Pollution, Insect Death and Organic Plastic: The Mothman Strikes Back
By Jens Ramsing
The German multi-artist Baldur Burwitz has moved into the large project workshop at Hollufgård, where he is preparing his installation for this summer’s SkulpturOdense’21.
The walls are filled with a brainstorm of notes, scribbles, improvisations and sketch fragments. Over the course of the next month, the fragments will be assembled for the installation “The Dark Side of the Light (The Mothman Strikes Back)”.
Every night, billions of insects are being trapped by our modern light sources, slowly dying of exhaustion. Baldur Burwitz will collect dead insects in buckets placed under park lights and use them to make biodegradable plastic. The new material will gradually form the sculpture “The Mothman”. The sculpture itself will die slowly, degrading naturally.
Baldur Burwitz was born in 1971 and lives in Hamburg. He is a multi-artist and uses a variety of media from painting, graphics and sculpture to assembage, installation and happening. His works shed light on phenomena such as social divides, racism, ecology, imperialism or gender roles.
He often uses humor and provocation to engage his audiences, i.e., letting 11,000 frozen flies wake up from their slumber during an exhibition opening in 2004. Or when two trained sea lions took the podium and mingled in the opening of Art Karlsruhe in 2007. On another occasion the audience would encounter an oversized robot hen, wandering aimlessly around the showrooms, while roasting croquettes, and spitting them out at regular intervals..
Freja Niemann Lundrup: An Eight Ton Human Torso of Granite
By Jens Ramsing, Maja Thykjær Jeppesen og Ditte Tromborg
Some years ago, someone threw an eight-ton granite stone in the manor park at Hollufgård. It originated from the gravel pit in nearby Davinde, where it was excavated in the 1980s to be used as an engraved welcome sign to the manor estate. It is nothing special in itself. It’s just huge, and somehow left over.
Now Danish artist Freja Niemann Lundrup has thrown herself into transforming the stone, which lies next to The Snail Hill from 1760. Freja is processing the giant to form the top of a human torso. Here, passers-by can sit down and rest their heads against a collarbone, which is literally cut in granite. The torso will be surrounded by a large spiral motif, which forms a connection to Sneglehøjen’s twisted shape.
The spiral is a universal motif: on the cosmological level, it is known from the structure of the universe, and it is the basic form of our genetic building block, DNA. One also finds the spiral motif in the ancient Trojan castles on Gotland and in philosophy, where it is a symbol of human processes of cognition.
“The spiral is a form in motion, a form that accommodates all three aspects of time; it reaches back to the beginning and the past, it holds man where he stands, in the present, and finally it draws traces to the future. As a force, spiral patterns swirl through history, tearing apart elements that are thrown forward in time and reassembled and reused. ”
Laura Malpique: On Giving a Mountain Back to Nature
By Jens Ramsing
Laura Canha Malpique has her own artistic “crime scene” in the sculpture park at Hollufgård, where she is in the process of creating her contribution to SkulpturOdense`21 – a small man-made mountain.
The work of the Portuguese artist tells a story of nature and non-nature. It is about the anthropocene man who changes the surface of the earth, and it is about giving back to nature.
“Mountain” is an accumulation created by remnants of the many ongoing construction works in Odense. Man is the only species capable of making nature non-natural, and the separation of man-made spaces from the natural spaces plays a crucial role in our way of life. It gives us security and comfort, but it also dictates how we move and live. Thus, wild nature is sold as freedom, entertainment and escape from our own world.
“Nature’s landscapes are accumulations from the past, influenced by an infinite number of events,” she says. “They have a long history. But bricks do too, because they are material from the same soil. They are part of the history of the mountains. (…) All I do is accumulate them in nature again. ”
On Tennis, Revolution and Corona:
Five Artists are Creating a Gesamtkunstwerk for SkulpturOdense’21
By Jens Ramsing
In the winter of 2019-20, when we invited five artists to participate in a residency program, we gave them the task of creating a Gesamtkunstwerk on the subject “Times of Change”. We asked them to look at our chaotic and conflicting present, reflect on it, and give it a common artistic expression.
Little did we know that the world would be hit by the biggest pandemic since “The Spanish Flu” – a pandemic that has changed everything, and has largely beome part of the topic “Times of Change”
Suddenly, reality interfered in the artists’ work. They could not meet this winter at Hollufgård as planned. They could not go to the workshop together. The five artists faced the huge challenge of creating a work, each seated behind a computer screen in Odense, Copenhagen, Krakow and Leipzig.
“I had been looking forward to the fourteen days at Hollufgård in October with the others”, says visual artist Birgitte Christens. “You get inspired by the place and the positive energy. It was taken from us. Instead, we had to sit behind our screens and throw ideas back and forth. We wrote emails to each other, which our producer Helen Nishijo collected for us, so we got an overview to work on from. We managed to create a connection by making frequent zoom meetings so we did not lose the thread and forgot the context. The meetings were important, because it was like being a child all over again and learning to speak and walk in a new way ”.
We had given them the manor’s old tennis court to work on, a large, elongated immersion in the park, a bit reminiscent of an amphitheater. And it was the tennis court that kicked off the project and gave the artists a starting point. The team’s author, Morten Søndergård, found “The Tennis Court Oath”. It was sworn during the French Revolution by the National Assembly, as they was vowed to keep meeting and working until the freedom of the people was ratified in a new constitution.
Our small group of artists took the oath and promised each other that they would continue to gather and work, even though they could not meet physically.
And the tennis court will be the motif for the work, which will consist of sculpture, installation, literature, sound and performance. The five artists play a tennis match where they neither know the rules nor the game yet. They also do not know the ending. Everything is open, and everything is at stake – both in the work of art and in the reality of the pandemic.
In May, they meet for the first time physically, where they have a month to gather the many fragments of ideas and create a work. At the opening of SkulpturOdense’21 on July 1, they fulfill their promise and gather on the old tennis court in Skulpturparken to insist on art as freedom and social narrative in the time of the pandemic.
The residency team consists of:
Morten Søndergaard (DK), author
Birgitte Christens (DK), visual artist
Lisa Kottkamp (D), visual artist
Miroslaw Baca (PL), visual artist
Marcela Lucatelli (BRA / DK), composer and performance artist
Hidden inside the Snail Mound
By Maja Thykjær Jeppesen, Ditte Tromborg og Jens Ramsing
In Hollufgård sculpture park is an old wine cellar shaped like a snail’s house, surrounded by large majestic linden trees. Nowadays, only bats recide inside the dome where they sleep during winter.
We took a look inside the cellar and bravely crawled closer to take a picture of the corridor wich leads to the dome, where there once was stored aproximately 1000 liters of wine. The Snail Mound was built in the 18th century and is a rare treasure among the old Danish building constructions.
When SkulpturOdense’21 opens on July 1.st, Andreas Oxenvad will challenge the law of gravity, balancing natural stones in the most incredible sculptural expressions on top of the mound.
SkulpturOdense’21 Behind the Scenes
By Jens Ramsing
The preperations have begun for this summer’s big art event, SkulturOdense’21. The event opens July 1st in the sculpture park and last Thursday we set up one of the first works right outside the manor house building.
We will show artworks from 37 danish and foreign artists, and entertain our guests with events and workshops surrounding the triennale. You can look forward to an amazing outdoors cultural summer.
“In memory of those we killed in the twentieth century” is created by Ole Hempel (1949-2007). The tall, slender metal stele shows a symbolic account of the casualty figures from the wars of the twentieth century. There are neither names nor faces, each line is anonymous. Hempels work of art is reminicent of the great Holocaust monument in Berlin with its endless rows of large grey anonymous blocks.
Hollufgård is to Host SkulpturOdense’21
By Jens Ramsing
Starting July 1st, you can experience one of Funens largest events at Hollufgård Skulpturpark. We are proud and delighted to be first time hosts to Odense citys sculpture triennial.
The theme is ”Times of Change: Two Era’s Bearings in the Unknown”. It focuses on the many and violent chances that influences our time and contextualize them by looking to the upheavals right before and after the first world war.
You can experience more than 30 artists in Skulpturparken at Hollufgård and in an accompanying indoor exhibition at The Funen Art Academy. From the opening on July 1.st until October 31.st there will be a broad program with lectures, debate, music, performance and literature. The various activities take place in Skulpturparken, as well as The Funen Art Academy.
5 Artists to Create a Gesamtkunstwerk for SkulpturOdense’21
By Jens Ramsing
With support from the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Scholarship, we launched in October a new interdisciplinary residency program for three visual artists, an author and a composer. The five artists have been selected for a one-year residency course, where they will have free hands to create a gesamtkunstwerk, which will be presented at the opening of SkulpturOdense’21 in Skulpturparken on July 1.st, 2021.
The five selected artists are:
Birgitte Christens (DK), sculptor and installation artist
Miroslaw Baca (PL), sculptor
Lisa Kottkamp (D), sculptor and installation artist
Morten Søndergaard (DK / IT), poet and visual artist
Marcela Lucatelli (BR / DK), composer and performance artist
Based on the works of Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens during the times of change around World War 1, the five artists will focus on our own time of change and its many violent upheavals and threats, from populism over digitization to the climate crisis.
In spring of 2020, Covid-19 pandemic suddenly hit and shut down most of the world. Therefore, we have chosen to run the program virtually, so the participants work together on video conference. It presents new challenges, and the artists must find new ways to collaborate and communicate.
We look forward to presenting the results of their efforts and challenges at the opening od SkulpturOdense’21 in the summer of 2021.