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  • Henrik Olesen, I do not go to work today. I don’t think I go tomorrow (detail), 2010, mixed media, 78 3/4 x 59".

    Henrik Olesen

    Malmö Konsthall

    Henrik Olesen’s art is unmarvelous. Unlike the spectacular work of fellow Nordic artists Olafur Eliasson and Elmgreen & Dragset, his is gritty and grounded. There’s no appealing finish—either to his works (collages, posters, sculptures, texts, and three-dimensional architectural interventions), or to his first major exhibition in Scandinavia, at Malmö Konsthall, whose generous, rectangular space has probably never been used this inharmoniously. The far half of the space was packed with material and presented no clear distinction between the different works, while the other half, facing the

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