May 22, 2019 · 7:37 PM


Kirstine Roepstorff

30 May to 8 September 2019 / Opening: 29 May 2019, 6 pm
curated by Sabine Schaschl

Darkness can be many things. First of all, it is a physical phenomenon, the absence of light. With regard to the human psyche though, it conjures up numerous associations: We connect it with the subconscious, with the unfathomable, with feelings of fear and insecurity; as a metaphor, it essentially represents the eerie, the mystical, and death. However, at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Danish artist Kirstine Roepstorff will demonstrate that darkness can also enable a new way of looking at something existent, and signify an exploration of the perceptible. Roepstorff invites the public down a cleverly devised path, set out as a journey through darkness, to explore a built, ostensibly barren landscape of sand, gravel and cement-plastered wall elements, within which a multitude of selected works by the artist are to be discovered.

Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972 in Virum, DK) has been addressing darkness and its meanings for several years. Proceeding from the observation that we live in a world where light (be it natural or artificial) stands for truth and knowledge, while darkness has predominantly negative connotations, Roepstorff takes an interest in the latent sensory potential of darkness as a place of contemplation, reflection and transformation.
In reference to her presentation Influenza: Theatre of Glowing Darkness in the Danish pavilion at Biennale di Venezia 2017 and her large 2018 solo show Renaissance of the Night at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Roepstorff enhances her examination of darkness with EX CAVE at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, a solo exhibition that is as immersive as it is challenging. It encompasses one exhibition space on the fourth floor and all rooms on the fifth. It is set out as a gradual journey from the light into the dark, while the visitors go down a cleverly devised path to explore a built, ostensibly barren landscape of sand, gravel and cement-plastered wall elements. The latter enrich the exhibition spaces with new niches and little rooms, thus creating a stimulating setting for over 60 of the artist’s works. These were all produced in the past twelve years and demonstrate the different materials, techniques and motifs that Roepstorff uses in her artistic practice.

With generous support from

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AXA ART Versicherung AG

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May 22, 2019
7:30:00 PM CEST