New Danish Triennial to Launch in 2017

Denmark’s new triennial, ARoS, will kick off in the eastern city of Aarhus in 2017, coinciding with the city’s designated year to host the European Capital of Culture. The international art project “will reflect on man’s perception of nature according to philosophical, religious, and political changes.”

Organized by ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, the triennial will explore the evolution of mankind’s relationship with the physical world over four hundred years of art history, ranging from Baroque garden culture to contemporary environmental practices. “We are rethinking nature and culture to check our balance between progress and preservation and to make innovative and bold decisions about the way we shape our ecological future,” Rebecca Matthews, CEO of European Capital of Culture, Aarhus 2017, said.

Titled “The Garden: End of Times, Beginning of Times,” the fair will be divided into three sections: the past, the present, and the future. Works will be exhibited at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum and the city center as well as across a 2.5-mile stretch of Aarhus’s coastline.

The triennial “will strive towards breaking new grounds,” ARoS director Erlend Høyersten said. “I’m convinced that the level of ambition will create excitement and interest, and that ARoS will present an extraordinary art experience in 2017.”