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April 4 – September 6, 2020 4-channel video installation as part of Mythologies - The Beginning and End of Civilizations

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Aarhus, Denmark The exhibition Mythologies – The Beginning and End of Civilizations, showing in two gallery spaces at ARoS, attempts to expose the narratives that, through various historical epochs, have sustained society and had a governing influence on communities as well as on war and destruction. This embodies the duality of mythology. ARoS seeks, with this exhibition, to persuade the audience to respond to the mythologies that define and create the framework of the society which we are all part of and contribute to. The fact that myths and narratives are the fabric that still manages to unite us all is one of the principal assertions of the exhibition. By highlighting a number of specific historical points of interest, Mythologies – The Beginning and End of Civilizations will uncover periods where old narratives are discarded and new ones emerge, often via radical ruptures. The exhibition bridges the past and the present while also shining a light on social changes that have changed the emphasis on those mythologies and narratives that have been cardinal to sustaining social constructions.

Level 1, Contemporary Mythologies: John Akomfrah, Kader Attia, Robert Boyd, Sam Durant, Marguerite Humeau, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Jankowski, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Shana Moulton, Anri Sala, Anika Schwarzlose, Raphaela Vogel.

Level 5, Mythologies In Retrospect: Jan Brueghel the Elder, Pieter Claesz, Lucas Cranach, Albrect Dürer, Elmgreen & Dragset, Giampietrino, Damien Hirst, Peter Paul Rubens and many more.

Installation provided courtesy of Julia Stoschek Collection. Photo by Kåre Viemose. Robert Boyd, Xanadu, 2006. 4-channel video installation, 28min.

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