Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition, A Kassen Carnegie Art Award 2014 with the Danish artist group A Kassen. The group consists of Christian Bretton-Meyer, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Søren Petersen and Tommy Petersen.
The Carnegie Art Award is a prestigious art prize, established in 1998 by the Carnegie Investment Bank with the aim of promoting contemporary, Nordic painting and promising young artists from Nordic countries. In November 2013 A Kassen won third prize, awarded the sum of SEK 400,000 and an obligation to take part in a touring exhibition.
For financial reasons, the Carnegie Art Award was compelled to cancel both the 2014 tour and the exhibition at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. Den Frie found itself with a gap in the exhibition programme. We invited A Kassen to create a solo presentation, challenge the institutions of art and turn inside out what we understand by such concepts as ‘work’, ‘practice’ and ‘exhibition’.
One single, overriding installation forms the expressive basis for A Kassen’s exhibition. Based on imagery from the original exhibition, they have recreated Carnegie Art Award 2014. The original exhibition, which took place in Stockholm, comprised more than 100 paintings by 17 Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Icelandic artists. The exhibition at Den Frie is an overall conceptual expression, which highlights, not just one, but several meanings: originality, the production of art and, the art world’s power positions; notions of value and ownership; copyright negotiation and global agendas.
A Kassen has a conceptual approach, which ranges from site-specific and performance-based installations to photography and sculpture. Their works are often understated and immediate, and the concept is always the driving force. They have a special eye for pre-existing stories and are interested in the opportunities presented by the surrounding world. By removing objects from their original and familiar setting, modifying them and putting them into totally new and different contexts, they dislocate meanings in such a subtle and low-key manner, that at first one hardly notices what is actually going on.
The exhibition is supported by Bikubefonden and Statens Kunstfond.
Read more about A Kassen here