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Socle du Monde Art Festival 2024 | 24.5.-24.11.2024

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The 9th Socle du Monde starting on 24th of May 2024, is all about a greater awareness of our environment in which up-cycling should play an important role. With the title “DO IT” Socle du Monde has invited around seventy Danish and international artists, plus several architects, designers and curators to develop projects and exhibitions.

Image above: Sonja Strange, Still photo from the video artwork:, Blodsten – (Blótet / The Ritual), Photo: Ulrik Dinesen

Under the title “DO IT yourself” Hans Ulrich Obrist has asked twenty-one artists including Marina Abramović, Olafur Eliasson and Yoko Ono to formulate an assignment for the residents and visitors of Herning. Jean-Hubert Martin has “recycled” several museum collections from Denmark under the title “Everything is wrong”. Artists Theo Jansen and Sui Park have developed new works with plastics, to increase the awareness of these polluting products. Simon Njami invited the Spanish collective Basurama to create an installation with residual materials from the local textile industry. In a retrospective the French “New Realist” artists will be featured, including Jean Tinguely, Arman, and Christo; they seem to have invented the concept of “up-cycling” avant-la-lettre, already in the sixties. And so the 9th Socle du Monde consciously looks at the past, present and future, but it is up to each and every one themselves to make the change: just DO IT

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Ida Schrader, Deadlock, 2023, Photo: David Stjernholm

The festival is curated by Mattijs Visser, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jean-Hubert Martin, Simon Njami, Lotte Korshøj, Sara Duborg Døssing, Holger Reenberg and contains the following DO IT sections:

1 DO IT up-cycling in the HEART museum
2 DO IT traveling in the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum
3 DO IT yourself in the city of Herning and in Deep Forest Artland
4 DO IT re-wilding in the Højhuset – Kulturhotel

1 DO IT up-cycling

The New Realists updated
Curated by Mattijs Visser
Location: HEART
The exhibition will offer a wide spanning range of key artworks by Jean Tinguely, Arman, Cesar, Christo, Daniel Spoerri, Francois Dufrene, Gérard Deschamps, Jacques Villeglé, Martial Raysse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Raimond Hains, and Yves Klein. The exhibition is the first in Denmark dedicated to this historical movement, with important loans from the Foundation Gandur, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tinguely Museum in Basel.

Everything is wrong
Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin
Location: HEART

The exhibition “Everything is Wrong” presents artworks AND daily objects, focusing particularly on private and public collections from the area around Herning. The exhibition rests on the formal comparisons we all make when a given object reminds us of another. Here, visitors get the opportunity to take part in building narratives that connect the individual works and objects, thereby charting the cultural history of Herning.

Participating artists:
Henrik Plenge, Jacobsen, Eva Sørensen, Ben Vautier, Sven Dalsgaard, Knud Hvidberg, Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Sterup-Hansen, Henning Andersen, Ole Schwalbe, Ole Folmer Hansen, Agostino Bonalumi, Albert Metz, Sámal Joensen Mikines, Frodo Mikkelsen, Mogens Lohmann, Folke Lind , Nancy Daum / Auguste & Antonin Daum, Richard Mortensen, Jannis Kounellis, Erik Dietman, Svend Wiig Hansen, Paul Gadegaard, Willy Ørskov, Robert Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, Jean Devasne, Joseph Beuys, Man Ray.

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Sui Park, Microcosm, 2023

Sui Park
Location: HEART
Korean artist Sui Park will create organic sculptures made of plastic, thereby forming a poetic landscape that investigates nature’s relationship with humankind Sui Park’s works involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms in generic and biomorphic shapes. Through these forms, she attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives.

Linee. A tribute to Piero Manzoni (working title)
Location: HEART (outside)
The Spanish Basurama collective is dedicated to researching the phenomena and processes found in consumer society’s massive production of waste (both physical and virtual) and to prompt and generate new ideas and attitudes on the subject. In collaborating with local companies Basurama will create an installation out of waste/ residual products.

VIA future scenarios
Organised by VIA University College in collaboration with HEART
Location: HEART
Students from the Sustainability Studio, VIA Design and Business, Transmedia & Film and The Animation Workshop will co-operate across their various disciplines to create a joint exhibition and set out a plan for a more sustainable future.

2 DO IT traveling

Curated by Lotte Korshøj and Simon Njami
Location: Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum
Taking the collection at Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum as a starting point, this group exhibition shows new and older works united under the common theme of travel and exchange. Through a range of paintings, installations, photography, sculptures and works on paper, the exhibition points out visual connections between the chosen artists and their travels to and from Africa as well as in and around Europe, highlighting the influence of the cultural exchanges which occurred on these journeys.

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Pascale Marthine-Tayou, Dreams in Giza, 2022, stainless steel, painted wooden eggs, cement base, 5 x 12 mt, 196.85 x 472.44 in, Courtesy of the artist, Art d’Egypte and GALLERIA CONTINUA, © ADAGP, Paris, Photo: mo4network

Participating artists:
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Else Alfelt, Olafur Eliasson, Anton Rooskens, Pascal Martine Tayou, Julia Llerena, Sheherazade Lhadj Mohand, Carl Henning Pedersen.

3 DO IT yourself

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Location: Herning City, Deep Forest Artland
For the 9th Socle du Monde, Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist selected so-called DIY instructions by artists, writers and architects from around the world. A total of fourteen DO ITs will be presented on public buildings at various locations in and around Herning, and with a focus on nature, seven DO ITs at the Deep Forest Art Land.

The exhibition format DO IT arose in Paris in 1993 during a conversation between Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier. Obrist was interested in how exhibition formats could be made more flexible and open-ended. The discussion prompted the question of whether an exhibition could take its starting point in written instructions provided by artists – instructions that could be followed by anyone and everyone, leading to new interpretations with every reiteration. Since then, DO IT has been featured and displayed at more than fifty venues worldwide.

Participating artists:
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Arca , Betrand Lavier, Christian Boltanski, Clair Fontaine, Darren Bader, Jane Goodall, Joan Jonas, Katharina Hamnet, Li Hu + Huang Wenjing, Louise Bourgeois, Luchita Hurtado, Marina Abramović, Marinus Boezem, May Lin, Mel Chin, Nina Beier, Olafur Eliasson, Otobong Nkanga, Rags Media Collective, Robert Barry, Stefano Boerri, Sumayya Vally, Superflex, Tacita Dean, Tora Schultz, Yoko Ono.

4 DO IT re-wilding

Theo Jansen
Location: Højhuset –Kulturhotel
Dutch artist Theo Jansen will show some of his well-known ‘beasts’ in the park around the Højhuset hotel in Birk. Here, visitors can take part in a workshop where they can have a go at creating one of these strange and wondrous creatures themselves. Containers function as small-scale versions of the artist’s own studio, featuring sketches, photos and video material that present the artist’s work and the thoughts behind it. Outside the container, one of Jansen’s great ‘extinct’ beasts will loom large.

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Theo Jansen, Animaris Rex, 2023, Photo: Steven Rodrigues

Curated by Sara Duborg Døssing
Location: Højhuset – Kulturhotel
The Højhuset hotel will serve as a meeting place for young artists taking part in an artistin-residency programme. Here, selected artists will work with nature under the common theme of ‘re-wilding’. For periods of up to three weeks, the artists will live and work in Højhuset and leave behind a work of art which will be part of Socle du Monde 2024 and connected to the area, the surrounding nature and the spirit.

Inspired by the curatorial group Collective Re-wilding, we follow Donna Haraway’s ideas on what she calls tentacular thinking, a concept which encompasses thinking with many others, whether human or non-human. This method requires one to see exhibition venues as opportunities or scenes that enable us to inquire into our connections with the elements around us and into our hierarchical relationship with nature, one where we humans generally see themselves as superior thinking individuals.

The exhibition strives to be a place full of impulses for repairing our relationship with the ravaged world, by promoting a culture of care and acknowledging the force and potential of nature and its resources.

Participating artists:
Olga Benedicte, Ajarose Stinee Solvild, Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen, Ida Schrader,
Ida Raselli, Sonja Strange, Theo Jansen.


Friday, 24. May until Monday, 24. November 2024


1 DO IT up-cycling

HEART museum
Bitten og Aage, Damgaards Plads 2
7400 Herning, Denmark

2 DO IT traveling

Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum
Birk Centerpark 1
7400 Herning, Denmark

3 DO IT yourself

City of Herning,
Deep Forest Artland
Sdr Ommevej
6933 Kibæk, Denmark

4 DO IT re-wilding

Højhuset – Kulturhotel
Højskolevej 11
7400 Herning, Denmark

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