Two people are clinging to each other. A man and a woman. They are standing naked in a forest. Around them trees grow into the sky. Do they dare let go? Adam and Eve – the loss of innocence – is about our human longing for eternity and about forbidden desire. The two figures are among the oldest motifs in the history of art. Adam and Eve are also abundantly represented in the permanent collection at Brandts. The exhibition presents works from the collection and recounts the myth of the first people as interpreted in pictorial and photographic art through the past 250 years.
We are met on all sides by brightly smiling faces in the colourful paintings and sculptures by Chinese artist Yue Minjun. But are the faces laughing with us or at us? In recent years a large and many-sided art scene has flourished in China, featuring a great many internationally successful artists, including Yue Minjun. In his works he reflects on the relationship between nation and individual, tradition and change. Employing the simple artistic means of pop art and cartoons, he creates pictures that both seduce and confuse the public. For why is the man in the picture smiling so broadly?
Painting the 1960s: The Art. The Rebellion. The Everyday.
‘The happy sixties’ occupy a special place in our collective consciousness. It was a time of epoch-making historical events such landing on the moon, Kennedy’s murder, and the Berlin wall, all of which had global consequences. Social structures were turned upside down, and this was no less true of the arts. The exhibition takes its starting point at a time when a phenomenon such as the Experimental Art School and artists such as Per Kirkeby, Poul Gernes and Bjørn Nørgaard set new standards for the interaction of art and everyday life. The Danish art scene was moving into the domain of popular culture’s mass-produced images, and artists were creating works that embraced the new media along with the colourful and the conceptual. In other words, Painting the 1960s draws a picture of a decade that went in for changeability as well as experimentation.
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