The artist Nairy Baghramian has created a work of art especially for the x-room at SMK. A large, sculptural piece consisting of milky, semi-transparent forms balancing precariously on tall, shiny legs.

Now you can explore the exhibition SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER* [As long as it lasts] in the x-room at SMK – an entirely new project by the internationally acclaimed German artist Nairy Baghramian. 

Inspired by an iconic steel grid structure from the exhibition venue The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the artist has produced an installation especially for SMK.

From solid, load-bearing ceiling to soft, fragile art

When The Renaissance Society was renovated in 1979, the architect John Vinci designed the very distinctive steel truss grid for the venue’s large exhibition room. 

Today the structure has been taken down again, and Nairy Baghramian got hold of a piece of the steel grid, reconstructing it in wood and casting it in silicone. What was originally a firmly solid, load-bearing grid structure made of metal has now been transformed into soft shapes delicately poised on spindly legs.

Smart Water

The exhibition SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER* also includes a photographic work by Nairy Baghramian. The work shows the artist herself drinking from the conceptual artist Michael Asher’s granite sculpture Untitled from 1991, located in the campus park by the University of California San Diego. 

The granite sculpture, which doubles as a drinking fountain for the students on campus, is an exact copy of those standard metal fountains seen everywhere in public federal buildings in the USA.

About Nairy Baghramian

German artist Nairy Baghramian (born in 1971 in Isfahan, Iran) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The x-room exhibition constitutes the artist’s first solo show in Scandinavia.

Baghramian’s exhibition activity includes DOCUMENTA 14, Kassel (2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 and 2007, and solo shows at e.g. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017–18), S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (2016), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015) and Art Institute of Chicago (2014).

Practical information

Exhibition period
7 December 2017 – 2 April 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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The x-room is supported by
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© Photo: Nairy Baghramian, Smart Water (after Michael Asher, Untitled 1991, UCSD), 2017.
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, Galerie Buchholz and kurimanzutto