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Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II


Among the highlights of the 2018 programme at ARoS are American pop art, Egyptian contemporary art, a Danish symbolist, and a brand-new exhibition series Intermezzo starting in the Focus Gallery.

- The 2018 programme is characterised by its diversity covering a broad spectrum of materials and themes. We’ll be staging four temporary exhibitions and three exhibitions in the Focus series and we’re pleased to be able to show visitors diverse examples of what art is and should be capable of. We’re looking forward to welcome visitors to art experiences of great insight and reflection, says Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS.


Closing on 2 April 2018, ARoS Contemporary, level 1

The exhibition presents predominant recent trends within Danish contemporary art, providing a glimpse of the themes and modes of expression driving today’s artists. The exhibition comprises eighty works created by forty-seven artists or artists’ groups engaged in form and aesthetics as well as current social issues. At the same time, the exhibition shows the wide range of artistic approaches in terms of choice of materials, media, and themes.

14 April 2018 until 19 August 2018, ARoS Classic, level 5

The American James Rosenquist (1933-2017) is one of the most influential artists within the pop art genre. From the 1950s, he was instrumental, together with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, in establishing pop art as an art movement, perceptibly altering the concept of visual art. Among much else, Rosenquist is known for his monumental formats which he embarked on in the 1950s and 60s. His inspiration came from his job as a billboard painter of American adverts. As evidenced by the exhibition at AroS, it is not uncommon for his works to be 3-5 m tall and 10 m long – one even measuring 27 m.

An exhibition by the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in cooperation with ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

19 May 2018 until 9 September 2018, ARoS Contemporary, level 1

During the summer, ARoS presents a major exhibition featuring films, marionettes, sculptures, collages, and drawings by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (b.1971) – including the film trilogy Cabaret Crusades from 2010-2015. Taken as a whole, the exhibition addresses the adverse relationship between the West and the Middle East going back as far as the medieval Crusades. To present a balanced view of the East-West conflicts, Shawky’s exhibition is based on the book The Crusades through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf. At the same time, he presents a Western perspective on the conflicts in a series of large woodcuts in the exhibition, portraying the Crusades from the position of the crusaders. Both sides are presented in an attempt at giving the audience a deeper understanding of the complex history still defining the relationship between the West and the Middle East today.

29 September 2018 until 6 January 2019, ARoS Classic, level 5

This exhibition is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Danish symbolist Agnes Slott-Møller (1862-1937), considered one of the strangest personalities in the history of Danish art. The exhibition presents several of her major works not previously shown together.

Agnes Slott-Møller was a central figure in the emergence of symbolist art in Denmark and she was one of the founding members of the artists’ association Den Frie Udstilling (the Free Exhibition). She was well-versed in European contemporary art and had a strong belief in her own ability. From an early stage, Agnes Slott-Møller opposed her fellow symbolists, who were all inspired by the French School. Instead, Agnes Slott-Møller looked to the English Pre-Raphaelites. This opposition evolved into a break with many of the most significant figures in Danish cultural life, resulting in Agnes Slott-Møller being gradual phased out of Danish art history – a process that continued until recently.

The exhibition at ARoS intends to finally boost her position as a central artistic figure of Danish symbolism. 

Julian Schnabel , A Carrot Is A Diamond For A Rabbit , 1990, Oil On Tarpaulin , 472,4 X 721,4 Cm

Julian Schnabel, A Carrot is a Diamond for a Rabbit, 1990

13 October 2018 until 3 March 2019, ARoS Contemporary, level 1

The American painter and film director Julian Schnabel (b.1951) became known in the 1980s for his enormous plate paintings characterised by including large fragments of smashed porcelain. He got his breakthrough by incorporating e.g. tarpaulins and velour into his works thereby joining the group of American artists who confronted the art critics who had declared painting dead. In addition to this, Julien Schnabel is the director of several award-winning feature films.

The exhibition title Schnabel by Schnabel means that ARoS wants to give Schnabel a free hand to structure the exhibition as he would the scenography in one of his films. It is a Schnabel exhibition staged by Schnabel and it may thus be experienced as a tour de force of the visual hallmarks of the artist in more than one sense.


2018 sees the opening of the ARoS exhibition series Intermezzo in the Focus Gallery on level 5. The artists in this series apply a special form of sensory broadness, which will activate the sensory faculties in the audience and bring them into play. There will be three exhibitions in the course of 2018.

Isaac Julien
3 February 2018 until 27 May 2018, level 5

The English director and film artist Isaac Julien (b.1960) will kick off the exhibition series in the Focus Gallery in 2018. The exhibition presents Julien’s three-projection work Western Union: Small Boats from 2007 in surroundings that are totally blue. The work, which portrays people attempting to cross continents (notably the Mediterranean Sea separating Africa and Europe), has won countless awards and although made in 2007, the film addresses an issue that is highly pertinent in today’s world

Jake And Dinos Chapman , Foto _Nic Serpell -Rand

Jake And Dinos Chapman. Foto Nic Serpell-Rand

Jake & Dinos Chapman
16 June 2018 until 21 October 2018, level 5

The British artists Jake & Dinos Chapman (b.1966/1962) are commonly known as the Chapman Brothers. They work with a shocking, savage, and brash universe, e.g. including strongly sexualised wax dolls and references to Nazism and torture. They belong to the generation of British YBA artists (Young British Artists) that the financier and art collector Saatchi contributed to making one of the most global art phenomena of the1990s.  

Do Ho Suh , Passages , Installation View ,  Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy The Artist , Lehmann Maupin , New York And Hong Kong , And Victoria Miro , London (Photography Thierry Bal)

Do Ho Suh, Passages, installation, Victoria Miro Gallery II, Courtesy The Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York And Hong Kong, And Victoria Miro, London. Foto Thierry Bal

Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh: 10 November 2018 until 17 February 2019, level 5

The South Korean artist Do Ho Suh (b.1962) is known for his transparent and fragile rooms made of fabric. In the exhibition at ARoS, visitors can walk through a series of precisely reproduced rooms, corridors, and stairwells from the various places around the world where Do Ho Suh has stayed. The rooms represent various phases of life, focusing on the transitions between them. 

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For further information, please contact:

Anne Riis, press officer, ARoS
T: +45 8730 6621 / M: +45 2888 4464 /

Lise Pennington, chief curator, ARoS 
T: +45 8730 6641 / M: +45 6155 4452 /

Press photos may be downloaded free of charge from Dropbox 

James Rosenquist , Untitled (Joan Crawford Says ...), Oil On Canvas , 237 X 201 Cm , 1964, Museum Ludwig , Köln (c ) Estate Of James Rosenquist , VG Bild -Kunst , Bonn , Visda , 2017, Photo Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

James Rosenquist, Untitled (Joan Crawford Says ...), 1964, Museum Ludwig, Köln (c) Estate of James Rosenquist, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Visda, 2017, photo Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Isaac Julien , Western Union -Small Boats , 2007, Five -screen Projection , 16mm Film Transferred To Digital , Colour , 5.1 Surround Sound ,©2017 The Royal Academy Of Arts . Photography  Marcus Leith

Isaac Julien, Western Union-Small Boats, 2007, Five-screen projection, 16mm film transferred to digital, colour, 5.1 surround sound, ©2017 The Royal Academy of Arts. Photography Marcus Leith

Agnes Slott -Møller , Kong Valdemars Bryllup Med Dronning Dagmar , 1932, Courtesy Ringsted Rådhus , Foto Ole Akhøj

Agnes Slott-Møller, Kong Valdemars Bryllup med Dronning Dagmar, 1932, Courtesy Ringsted Rådhus, foto Ole Akhøj

©ARoS 2017