The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a Danish international museum with a considerable collection of modern art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It takes its point of departure in the period after 1945 including artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Morris Louis, Jorn, Baselitz, Polke, Kiefer, and Per Kirkeby.
CONTEMPORARY ARAB is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” organized by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The series is about how architecture is both a bearer of identity and promotes the shaping of the cultural distinctiveness of a country or a region. Just as there are ongoing discussions of whether anything specifically Nordic exists, the exhibition CONTEMPORARY ARAB attempts to home in on features shared by the Arab countries – from the Arabian Peninsula through Lebanon to Morocco. The Arab world is first and foremost connected by language, but there are other common features that point both to a shared understanding of space and a visual culture where one can draw lines from calligraphy over certain construction elements to architecture on the very grand scale.
CONTEMPORARY ARAB traces some of these common lines for consideration, and a picture of the notion of ‘the Arabian’ will arise through various stories from places where significant developments are happening right now.
ACP was asked to design the entrance pavilion to the exhibition as well as showcase some of its projects. Images and description on the installation coming soon! ACP sincerely thanks the Louisiana team Mette, Kjeld, Luis and Arne for their ongoing trust and support.