Exhibition

What Lies Unspoken

05.05.2017

Astrid Holm, Rose Laying the Table, 1914

A special display uses a sound collage of contemporary conversations and discussions to explore works from our collections that can be linked to Denmark’s past as a colonial ruler.

Experience a soundscape where researchers, academics, curators and picture activists have present-day conversations about the works exhibited. And delve into stories that have hitherto lain unspoken in art works by C.W. Eckersberg, Astrid Holm, Nicolai Abildgaard and Jens Juel.

The centenary of the sale of the three islands to the USA in 1917 has prompted SMK to take a fresh look at some of the works in the museum’s collection.

A present-day look at Denmark's colonial past



The exhibition is based on a soundscape created by art historian Temi Odumosu from Living Archives.

She has used recordings from workshops featuring researchers, academics, curators and picture activists to create a sound collage out of present-day conversations about the works exhibited. These voices offer alternative approaches to familiar works of art we think we know so well, unfolding stories that have hitherto lain unspoken.

The exhibition is on dispaly from 6. May – 30 December 2017

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