Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away


Migration, cultural history and identity are key themes addressed in SMK’s new special exhibition Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away. Danish-Vietnamese Danh Vo ranks among Denmark’s pre-eminent internationally acclaimed living artists – as reflected in this exhibition, which comes to SMK directly from the Guggenheim in New York.

Fragments of a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, a chandelier that has witnessed key turning points in history, and a letter from a warring Henry Kissinger revealing his keen love of ballet: Danh Vo lifts existing objects out of their original context, interweaving them to form new narratives about identity and culture. 

With the retrospective Take My Breath Away, arranged in co-operation with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, SMK now shows the most comprehensive overview ever presented on Danish soil of the work of one of the greatest contemporary artists of Denmark.

With his experimental approach to art and its institutions, Vo has generated ever-growing international attention and acclaim in recent years.

In this autumn’s major special exhibition, Danh Vo unfolds his poetic and political approach to art. The result is unmissable.



Practical information

Exhibition period
30 August – 2 December 2018

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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Danh Vo and SMK

SMK has presented Danh Vo’s art on two previous occasions, specifically in the exhibitions Danh Vo. Hip Hip Hurra in 2010 and We The People (detail) in 2012. 

In connection with Take My Breath Away, the artist’s ideas will spread throughout the museum – right from the museum café Kafeteria, which Vo helped design, to plaster sculptures in the Sculpture Street and specially designed cushions on the museum’s marble stairs.

Danh Vo was born in Bà Rịa, Vietnam, in 1975. He is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the Städelschule in Frankfurt.

Following his first solo show at Galerie Klosterfelde in Berlin in 2005, Vo’s works have been shown at venues such as the Walker Center in Minneapolis, the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Art Institute in Chicago, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Guggenheim in New York. He represented Denmark at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Raised in Denmark, Vo currently lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.