The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times

30.5.2017 by

The final two parts of The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times triennial at ARoS – Aarhus Art Museum will open to the public this week. The first part, The Past, opened in April and will run until September 10th / October 22nd on levels 1 and 5 of the museum. The Present and The Future will both open with a party on June 2nd and be a prominent part of the cityscape in and around Aarhus until July 30th. The Garden is one of four “mega” events celebrating Aarhus as the European capital of culture 2017.

ARoS. Photo: Adam Mørk


So what is The Garden all about?
The overarching theme for all three parts of the triennial is the coexistence of human beings and nature as well as the human view on nature. The idea is to demonstrate how changing worldviews, whether they are political, scientific, religious, cultural etc., impact on how nature is and has been represented in art.

The Past consists of more than 100 works of art, from paintings to installations and sculptures to video art, by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Olafur Eliasson, Meg Webster and René Magritte. These collectively present around 400 years of art history on the topic of human interaction with nature and reveal how society’s attitude towards and manipulation of nature has changed over the years.

The Present consists of fourteen works placed around Aarhus city. They explore topics such as the present global explosion of human movement and the incredibly rapid and widespread circulation of capital and culture around the globe. The focus is kept on varying forms of nature today and nature as art.

One of the artists in The Present is Finnish Pia Sirén. Sirén works with installations and sculpting, and the concept for the artwork ‘Vista’ for The Garden is a landscape collage design on viewing and alternate viewpoints. It is created using industrial surfaces such as tarpaulins and landscaping membranes, masonry materials such as gravel and concrete blocks, and outline drawings on plastic sheets. All of this blends together into a view on how nature becomes a landscape and how space becomes a picture. Sirén’s work ‘VISTA’ will be placed at O Space (Mindet 6).

VISTA by Pia Sirén

The Future switches its focus to environmental changes and challenges. There are 17 works of art in The Future, all situated along the coast of southern Aarhus, from Tangkrogen to Ballehage. Among the works in this section of The Garden you can find one installation by Hans Rosenström as well as a two-part installation by Anssi Pulkkinen & Taneli Rautiainen.

Hans Rosenström works with various materials, such as sound, text and lights, to create spatial installations that deal with the viewer’s psychological and physical relationship with a specific moment or space. The viewer is at the core of the works and as such they are never completed until they are experienced. For The Garden, Rosenström has created ‘Shoreline’, an artificial ruin archway looking onto the horizon. The ruin wall is accompanied by a 13 minute audio track which is triggered by movement.

Shoreline by Hans Rosenström

Anssi Pulkkinen and Taneli Rautiainen work with sculptures, installations and moving images with an interest in space and architecture, favouring distortion of the norm as the approach for their art. For The Garden, they have created ‘Constrained view’, a two-part installation around questions of freedom, movement, augmented reality and different notions of the pace of time. The artwork consists of a billboard depicting the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö, which appears to be broken, and a car filled with seawater lifted up in the air. The water constantly flows out of the car, in essence making the car work like a fountain.

Constrained view by Anssi Pulkkinen & Taneli Rautiainen

The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times; The Present and The Future is open to the public
from June 3rd to July 30th 2017.