Exhibition period: 6 September 2013 – 3 August 2014.
I prefer to speak to children, for at least one dares to hope that they may become creatures of Reason (...)
- Søren Kierkegaard
The children’s exhibition FREEDOM! focused on the many forms and modes of expression that freedom can involve. Taking our point of departure in a range of distinctive works of art and the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard we invited children and adults to discuss the concept of freedom.
Is freedom for everyone?
The children’s exhibition FREEDOM! celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was not necessarily a sworn champion for freedom in the political sense. For example, he did not advocate democracy and was grateful that someone else was willing to rule.
That is interesting in our present era where we often speak of freedom as something positive. Instead of unquestioningly celebrating freedom the exhibition challenged our notions about the concept: Is freedom for everyone? Is freedom free? Are we free to choose?
Is philosophy for children?
Even though Kierkegaard did not write for children they can certainly relate to the thoughts and ideas expressed in Kierkegaard’s philosophy. The exhibition was inspired by Kierkegaard, his ability to wonder at world, to ask questions, make choices clear, and be critical of accepted norms.
All of the artists featured in the exhbition shared at least one trait with Kierkegaard: they provide no definite answers, but encourage curiosity and wonder.