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Nam June Paik, Søren Kierkegaard Robot, 1996

© One of the main artworks featured at the exhibition is the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik’s robot made out of old radio and TV sets. Nam June Paik, Søren Kierkegaard Robot, 1996. Photo: Frida Gregersen.

Press releases | 27.aug.2013

New exhibition: FREEDOM!

What is freedom, where does it come from, and can you get too much of it? The SMK presents an exhibition – specially curated for children – about the many forms that freedom can take. Taking our point of departure in the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard and a range of striking works of art we invite children and grown-ups to discuss what freedom really is.

FREEDOM!
6 September 2013 – 3 August 2014
Admission: Free

Freedom and philosophy
The exhibition FREEDOM! celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Søren Kierkegaard by breathing new life into the philosopher’s thoughts on freedom. In fact, Kierkegaard was not unreservedly in favour of freedom. For example, he advocated absolute monarchy and was opposed to democracy.
On the other hand, however, Kierkegaard was also a kind of freedom fighter. He believed that each human being should cast off the shackles of convention and be free to choose themselves. The exhibition uses art and philosophical questions to explore the concept of freedom and asks: What is freedom to you?

A Søren Kierkegaard robot, four-leaf clovers, and fish in a blender
Kierkegaard and the artists featured in the exhibition share at least one thing: they do not provide clear-cut answers to the question of what freedom is, but provoke wonder and reflection instead. One of the main artworks featured at the exhibition is the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik’s artwork Søren Kierkegaard robot.  Standing three metres tall, the robot is made out of old radio and TV sets.

Visitors can also enjoy the Danish artist Nikolaj Recke’s video work Looking for 4-leaf clovers. The artwork projects footage of a vibrantly green clover field onto the floor. Here, you can lose yourself in the bright green colours or hunt for four-leaf clovers – right there on the floor.

The exhibition also shows Marco Evaristti’s famous blender with live fish swimming in it. Evaristti caused quite a stir when he exhibited this work of art at Trapholt in 2000, offering visitors the choice of switching on the blender if they wished. A choice with consequences – regardless of what your choice is.

An exhibition created in co-operation with children
FREEDOM! is an exhibition that was created on the basis of collaboration with more than 100 children who have written and drawn pictures on the theme of freedom – and lack thereof. The children’s contributions have formed the basis for the choice of artworks and for the exhibition design.

Read more about the exhibition here.

For further information, please contact:

Astrid Boye Wiik
Communication assistant
E astridboye.wiik_@_smk.dk
T +45 25527278

Marianne Grymer Bargeman
Head of Unit – Children & Young People and Information
E marianne.bargeman_@_smk.dk
T +45 25527185

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