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Fucked (Couple), Tony Matelli, 2005

No Man is an Island - The Satanic Verses


Boy in cramped conditions, Bjørn Nørgaard’s Hesteofringen (The Horse Sacrifice) in new set-up, and a Lamborghini whose paintwork you are allowed to scratch. New exhibition at ARoS featuring works from the collection wants to direct focus on contemporary society and challenge our ideas about Europe.

On Saturday 3 September, the exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses will open at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum featuring works from the ARoS collection as well as a series of distinctive works on loan. The exhibition will feature carefully selected installations by a number of international artists. No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses may be seen as a follow-up to Out of the Darkness, which was the first exhibition curated by Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director.

- It’s a thought-provoking exhibition designed to pique our views on both contemporary life and interpersonal relations. Not bound by art history or a specific theme, it’s more a subjective narrative reflecting our present-day society. Without offering definitive answers, the exhibition encourages us to reflect on our lives and our culture, says Erlend G. Høyersten.

Aspects highlighted include people’s right to differ, Europe on the move, and how our view of humanity and sets of values – as individuals and as groups – are being challenged. While these themes are directly reflected in the exhibition title, the latter also alludes to literature and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, now a symbol of the clash between free thinking and orthodoxy.

- We shouldn’t be afraid of speaking out and we must retain the courage to differ. Never just passively accept, but take an active part. And this is precisely what No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses will be offering visitors, Erlend G. Høyersten continues. 


The scenography in the gallery has been toned down, allowing the individual work to unfold and to interact with other works. The exhibition will feature works by e.g. Ron Mueck, Tony Matelli, Bjørn Nørgaard, Andy Warhol, Shirin Neshat, Edward Kienholz, Rose Eken, and selected young artists, who have shown in the series ARoS FOCUS//NEW NORDIC during the past two years. 

List of artists and works:

  • Edward Kienholz (1927 – 1994), Sawdy nr. 46, 1971
  • Gardar Eide Einarsson (1976), Untitled (Flagwaste), 2015
  • E.B. Itso (1977), Clandestine Boat Cemetery, 2015
  • Jani Leinonen (1978), Beggars’ Signs, 2009-2015
  • Shirin Neshat (1957), Zarin, 2005 (20:30 min.)
  • Elmgreen & Dragset (1961, 1969), Welcome, 2014
  • Ron Mueck (1958), Boy, 1999
  • Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen (1959, 1958), Camp Kitchen, 2014
  • Rose Eken (1976), Tableau, 2015
  • Bjørn Nørgaard (1947), Hesteofringen, 1970
  • Tony Matelli (1971), Fucked (Couple), 2005
  • Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Electric Chair, 1971
  • Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Marilyn, 1964
  • Leonard Rickhard (1945) Scene etter solnedgang, 2008-09
  • Superflex, Bankrupt Banks, August 23, 2013, 2013
  • Dolk (1979), Low Key, 2016
  • Tracey Moffat, (1960), Revolution, 2008
  • Nick Theobald (1986), Nothing Left to Offer, 2014
  • Thorbjørn Lausten, (1945), Lysskulptur uden titel, 1985
  • Gilbert & George (1943, 1942), Resting, 1991
  • Wes Lang (1971), This Noble One, 2014 
  • Grace Weaver (1989), Touch - and - go, 2016

No finishing date for the exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses has yet been set.

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The exhibition was conceived after an idea by Erlend G. Høyersten and is co-curated by Erik Nørager Pedersen and Pernille Taagaard Dinesen. 


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Jens Henrik Daugaard: / 0045 2888 4467

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Elmgreen & Dragset, Welcome, 2014

Elmgreen & Dragset, Welcome, 2014

Shirin Neshat, Zarin, 2005

Shirin Neshat, Zarin, 2005

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