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Katharina Grosse: Untitled. Foto: Maja Theodoraki


The opening of The Present and The Future completes a five-kilometre art zone and the most ambitious exhibition in the history of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum 

Saturday 3 June is the opening day for the two final parts of the ARoS Triennial The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times. The Present and The Future will introduce visitors to more than 30 works by Danish and international contemporary artists. Major names include Fujiko Nakaya, Doug Aitken, Alicja Kwade, Tomás Saraceno, Katharina Grosse, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Simon Starling, Tacita Dean, Yto Barrada, Elmgreen & Dragset og Superflex, and 24 of the works were created especially for the Triennial. 

- In April, the first part of the ARoS Triennial, The Past, opened at the museum and is already drawing large numbers of visitors. The opening of the second and third part now completes the Triennial. ARoS will be repeating this event every three years, a lasting ‘footprint’ from the Aarhus Capital of Culture year. At the same time, we’ll be introducing a wholly new cultural institution which has been lacking in Denmark for some time, says Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS.


The Present and The Future will take place on the roof of ARoS, in the heart of Aarhus, at the Natural History Museum, Aarhus, in the park Mindeparken, in the street M.P. Bruuns Gade, at the local nightclub Shen Mao, in several warehouses in the city’s industrial harbour, and along a coastal stretch from Tangkrogen to Ballehage. 

- With site-specific installations, The Present and The Future will create a variety of takes on the garden and nature as contradictory places characterised by complex cultural differences. Common to all the artists taking part is their approach to the garden as materiality and mythology with symbolic and historical siginificance and changeability, says Marie Nipper, external curator of The Present and The Future.


Oscar Lhermitte, Ackroyd & Harvey, Cyprien Gaillard, Mark Dion, Fujiko Nakaya,

E.B. ITSO, Pia Sirén, Rune Bosse, Ismar Cirkinagic, Sif Itona Westerberg, Elmgreen & Dragset, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, Doug Aitken, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Tomás Saraceno, Hans Rosenström, Katharina Grosse, Rirkrit Tiravanija & Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, Tue Greenfort, Anssi Pulkkinen and Taneli Rautiainen, Simon Starling, Max Hooper Schneider, Alicja Kwade, Henrik Menné, Pia Sirén, Rune Bosse, E.B. ITSO, Meg Webster, Sarah Sze, Tacita Dean, Yto Barrada and Superflex.



The ARoS Triennial The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times addresses man’s coexistence with and view of nature, outlining how various philosophical ideas (religious, political, ideological, cultural, or scientific) have treated nature through art.

The Triennial is in three parts (The Past, The Present and The Future), which form the structural framework of the exhibition. The Past examines the landscape and man’s relationship with nature seen from an artistic and intellectual-historical perspective, The Present looks at the status of nature here and now, and The Future explores the artistic reaction to environmental changes. The Present and The Future will be open to visitors during June and July.


  • The Past (at ARoS): 8 April until 10 September 2017/22 October 2017
  • The Present (in the city): 3 June until 30 July 2017
  • The Future (along the coast) 3 June until 30 July 2017 

The curatorial team behind the triennial consists of Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director and founding director of the Trinnial, Lise Pennington, chief curator, Jakob Vengberg Sevel, curator, Marie Nipper, external curator, and Anne Mette Thomsen and Ellen Drude Skeel Langvold, exhibition coordinators.


The ARoS Triennial The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times is one of the highlights in the Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017 events, supported by Aarhus 2017 Rethink. 

- For centuries, the cultivated space of the garden has been seen as a metaphor. A heaven on earth, a philosophical grotto, a rugged wasteland, and a folly. ARoS takes the metaphor to the next level in its massive exhibition, staged in and outdoors. We expect people to be delighted by the sublime vision of mist in the rainbow sky and to find fun in the architectonic play spaces created by architects and artists. Stretching along the coast, snuggled into the harbour and inside the museum of ARoS 'The Garden' grows in dimension as it entwines its narratives of past, present, and future. The Garden promises to be one of the most significant art undertakings mounted in Aarhus, and is a flagship, a mega event produced for our year as European Capital of Culture. One which I know is already attracting a high level of international attention and visitation. It’s going to be a great summer out in the garden, says Juliana Engberg, Programme Director, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. 


For the Triennial, an extensive and well-illustrated catalogue is published in collaboration with König Books, London, covering the entire three-part exhibition. Among its features are interviews with the artists Katharina Grosse, Doug Aitken, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the theoretician Bruno Latour. Moreover, the 300 pages offer a series of peer-reviewed articles by recognised scholars from Denmark and abroad, including W.J.T. Mitchell, T.J. Demos, Jacob Wamberg, and Jacob Lund. 


A short guide will be published to accompany The Present og The Future, including map references showing the locations of the works and with texts introducing all the works of art. 

Press photos may be downloaded free of charge via Dropbox

The exhibition has received generous support from:

Bund -sponsorer -72

For further information:

Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS,

Marie Nipper, external curator, The Present and The Future
M: +45 6122 3839

Anne Riis, press officer, ARoS
M: +45 2888 4464 | Tel: +45 8730 6621 |

Press photos may be downloaded free of charge via Dropbox 

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