A children’s exhibition about what makes a home

We sleep, wake up, brush our teeth, eat, play, and live in our homes. But what really makes a home? And what does it mean to feel at home somewhere? A new exhibition for children invites children and grown-ups to take a closer look at what ‘home’ means in 2015. Admission is free.

What makes a home a home? Do you even need to have a home in order to feel at home? And what is it like having two homes? Do we become homeless because we don’t spend so much time in each place, or do we become better at feeling at home anywhere?

These were some of the many questions that the SMK’s exhibition for children What Makes a Home? took a closer look at. The exhibition was created in co-operation with more than 100 children and invited all visitors to smell, touch, and reflect on all the things that make up a home. It took its point of departure in ten thought-provoking works of art by artists from Denmark and abroad.

Selected works

Bank & Rau, On the Fringe of Civilization, 2014

The two artists Bank & Rau have created a vast rug. It has been woven out of old towels, sheets, clothes, and socks.

Full of stains and smells left by many homes and people, this rug prompts thoughts about what “home” feels like.


Annika von Hausswolff, Still Life with Dead Flies, 2003

In the work Still Life with Dead Flies the artist, Annika Von Hausswolff, homes in on the things we usually do not see – or prefer not to see. Here you will find dust bunnies, hairs, and cigarette butts on a dirty floor.

To many people, dust and clutter is part of the home. A home can seem almost unfamiliar when all the dirt and mess is gone, for example when you are expecting visitors.

Rivane Neuenschwander, The Tenant, 2010

At the exhibition you could also take in the film The Tenant by the Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander. In the film we follow a soap bubble winding its way through an empty and decaying house.

Soap bubbles will usually burst after just a few seconds, but things are different here. Strangely, the soap bubble moves unscathed through hallways, close to windows, around the bathroom, and all the way down into the dark cellar.

These are places that are often featured in horror movies. But is following the soap bubble around scary or magical?

Annika von Hausswolff, The Memory of My Mother’s Underwear Transformed into a Flameproof Drape, 2003

The work points back to the artist’s childhood when she explored her mother’s underwear drawer.

She tells us that she still remembers the feel of the skin-coloured fabric.

A curtain or drape can hide secrets as well as keep prying eyes out. But most of us have tried peeping into something that did not belong to us.

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