It was the best of times, it was the shortest of times. For a brief moment, Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) brought the world of installation art to the center of the Danish capital. It was always intended to be a temporary project, but for many it became an inspirational sanctuary where you could mingle with 88 Zebra finches as they performed their magical riffs or be transported to a 6 hour Ragnar Kjartannsson concert. That came to an end last year as Papirøen now being transformed into something completely different.
With backing from the city of Copenhagen and a healthy foundation-base, Copenhagen Contemporary re-opened in the former shipyard area, Refshaleøen this summer. Located in the former Burmeister & Wain’s welding building, the art center has now an impressive 7,000m² at its disposition.
Copenhagen Contemporary invited the Danish collective, SUPERFLEX and the international renowned American artist, Doug Aitken, to start a new era of installation art in Copenhagen. Wandering through these voluminous halls, absorbing first SUPERFLEX’s One Two Three Swing! inviting the audience to playful dialogue and interaction… As I entered the adjoining hall, where a massive mirror-clad pendulum was in full motion, I found my wife lying on the floor under the pendulum, her gaze transfixed to the hypnotic motion above her. I must admit, I was for a nano of a second concerned for her wellbeing, but then she was quickly joined by others who had obviously read the intro. The art center is a fantastic cultural experience and not to be missed.