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Preview: Copenhagen Art Week and Art Fairs

Saturday 23 August 2014

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Words Lizzie

Copenhagen has gone all artsy on us. They are not only holding one art fair next month, but two. And to top it all off they’ll be holding their International Art Week as well. Well played Denmark, well played.

The vibrant Danish art scene will be showcased at its best at the end of the month with Copenhagen Art Week kicking off on the 29th of August. Aiming to open up the art scene to a wider audience, the event will provide an insight into current art activities across museums, galleries, art centres and project spaces. The contemporary art will be explored through exhibitions, salon conversations, guided tours and engaging meetings between art professionals at the gallery night.

Also beginning on the 29th will be the Chart Art Fair, an exclusive focus on Nordic contemporary art. The fair showcases 27 carefully selected galleries, with the intention of creating an ultra-professional presentation. The ambitious events programme includes talks that will take place in the Danish National Art Library, performances, and special projects that will display large scale installations on the premises. And if you’re looking for an arty party (couldn’t resist), then Chart have that covered too. Their opening party will feature a live-music line-up alongside a pop-up street kitchen and will be held at Charlottenborg Palace. Fancy.

The Alt_Cph Fair takes a different approach, focusing instead on Denmark’s alternative art scene. Taking place at FABRIKKEN, the space becomes a meeting place for experimental artists, with a conference focusing on interdisciplinary and collective work practices being held. Focusing on international hacker spaces, bio-art labs and new media projects, Alt_Cph’s alternative outlook holds appeal for those looking for something different. Beginning on the 5th of September, the fair will be the last event to take place over the 10 day art celebration.

For more information, visit www.copenhagenartweek.dk

Words: Kayla Joleen