Explore the Photo Scene 2024 program

From Barbara Marstrand and Christopher Egeberg to Søren Solkær, Kent Klich and Fryd Frydendahl. At the Photo Scene 2024 you can meet both shooting stars and prizewinning artists within photography from the Nordic region in our informal and cozy tipi tent at Refshaleøen 8 & 9 June. 

We invite you to join us for two days of talks, panels and screenings that dive into the many perspectives of photography from photo books and artistic processes and practices to photography's ability to document or change the world within us as well as around us. 

The Photo Scene is an informal stage located in the festival's triple tipi tent in the middle of festival center exhibition park. Anyone with an interest in visual art, storytelling, photography and the world at large is welcome to join the conversations.

You can also delve into books and prints at the adjoining Photo Book Market, get a cold drink in the bar or go for a stroll in the exhibition park. The photo scene program runs from 12 to 6 pm both days. 

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Photo Scene Programme · 8 & 9 June 2024

Saturday 8 June

12.00-12.30 Disko Bay · Artist talk

Artist talk with photographer and FUTURES talent 2024 Barbara Marstrand about her recent book Still Life of Teenagers (2023).

12.30-13.00 Dogwalk Books · Panel talk

Photographer Kent Klich in conversation with Ditte Haarløv Johnsen about Klich's recent book GZA on Land and Air and a need to act and reflect on the ongoing war in GAZA through activism and photography.

13.00-13.30 Konnotation Press · Artist talk

Photographer Fryd Frydendahl in conversation with graphic designer Jacob Birch about her book Nephews.

13.30-14.00 VEHA Archive · Curator talk

VEHA archive founder Lesia Pcholka in conversation with VEHA Archive curator Vera Zalutskaya about the project and exhibition "We'll Hold a Wedding on Your Graves. Beyond VEHA Photographic Archive" which explores Belarusian culture and history from a fresh perspective and dives into the critical aspects of an archival approach.

14.00-14.30 Fatamorgana · Student-teacher talk

Fryd Frydendahl, head of Fatamorgana School of Photography, in conversation with student Silas Hjort about what it is like to attend the school.

14.30- 15.00 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Christopher Egeberg aka Flip  about his recent book SPYO about the street artist by the same name.

15.00-15.30 Ukraine House · Curator talk

Curator at Ukraine House Kateryna Stukalova will introduce Ukraineian photography through a selection of recently published books on Ukrainian photography.

15.30-16.00 Ex Nihilo · Artist Talk

Artist Nicolai Howalt in a philosophical conversation with gallerist André Hansen about perception and photography.

16.00-16.30 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Casper Dalhoff about his new book Normal (2024).

16.30-17.30 CPF Solo Artist · Artist Talk + Book Launch & Signing

Artist talk with Austrian solo artist Mafalda Rakoš about her new book based on the same project as the solo exhibition All in this Together presented at this year's festival. The artist will be joined on stage by her mother, psychotherapist Anna Rakoš, who has contributed to the book. The talk will be moderated by Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. The talk will be followed by a book launch and signing in Mafalda Rakoš' exhibition in FRAME.

17.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

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Sunday 9 June

 12.00-12.30 Wondering Viking · Artist Talk

Photographer and founder of Wondering Viking about his work as a documentary photographer in some of the central conflict zones of the world.

 12.30-13.00 Forlaget Hjorth/Banja Rathnov Kunsthandel & Galleri· Jeanette Land Skov

An artist talk with photographer and visual artist Jeanette Land Schou. JLS talks about her photographic work, focusing on the artistic mediation between the personal/private and the political.

13.00-13.30 Edition Circle · Artist Talk

Photographer Søren Solkær will present his two recent books Black Sun and Starling. In the books he returns to the marsh lands of Southern Jutland where he originates from. It is also from here he has followed the starlings through their migration route across Europe.

13.30-14.00 Konnotation Press · Artist Talk

Photographer Luis Garcia  and editor and publisher Emilie Nilsson in conversation about the making of the photo book Beauty Beauty.

 14.00-14.30 Københavns Museum · Copenhagen Archive · Artist Talk

Talk by Ulf Svane, photographer and one of the founders of Copenhagen Archive, a visual collective focused on the history of Copenhagen, who has recently published the book Hovedstaden bag facaden. The project is currently also exhibited at Københavns Museum called Min butik.

14.30-15.00 Disko Bay · Screening

Screening of photographer Julian Slagman's project Looking at My Brother, which is presented as a book at NW Gallery by Disko Bay 14 June.

15.00-15.30 Dark Gallery · Gallery talk

Want to join an experimental, artist-driven photography gallery in Copenhagen rooted in film photography, photo documentary and immersive, interactive storytelling? Gallery members will present the gallery and its upcoming activities – and invite you to join their open community.

15.30-16.00 Tingbjerg Kulturhus · Curator talk

The curators and participants of the youth and photography project Changemakers at Tingbjerg Kulturhus in conversation about how young people can take part in and create art and not only be onlookers. Through Changemakers young people create change through photography.

16.00-16.30 Galleri Krebsen · Art Alliance · Artist Talk

Artists Ulla Hauer and Eva Hvelplund currently exhibiting at Galleri Krebsen will give insight into their photographic and artistic processes.

16.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

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Join the Festival's Exclusive Guided Tour to Louisiana

Step into The Detour of Identity, a groundbreaking exhibition where the enigmatic works of Roni Horn meet the cinematic genius of masters like Hitchcock and Bergman. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art invites CPF festival pass guests to the museum (with a 25% discount) and a free guided tour of the Roni Horn exhibition on Wednesday, June 12th at 16.30.  Unveiling hidden layers of eroticism and desire, this Nordic debut of Horn’s art promises an unforgettable journey through the subtle and profound.

About The Artist

The Detour of Identity marks the first major solo presentation of Roni Horn (b. 1955) in the Nordic region. Renowned as one of the most influential and acclaimed contemporary artists, Roni Horn's work spans photography, drawing, and sculpture. A distinctive figure in contemporary art, known for her extensive work in photography, sculpture, and drawing—her primary medium. Her exhibitions have been featured in leading museums worldwide, and she is also an accomplished writer with numerous published books. Central to Horn's art is the exploration of identity. She poses fundamental questions about self, gender, emotional language, and the relationship between nature and humanity. Her artworks serve as concrete responses, open to interpretation. 

Discounts for Guests with a Festival Pass

Helle Søndergaard, the arts facilitator at Louisiana, will take you on a tour of the current exhibition featuring acclaimed American contemporary artist Roni Horn. Horn's work spans multiple media, including film and photography. The exhibition, characterized by a seemingly razor-sharp and cool aesthetic, contrasts themes of humanity and landscape, permanence and changeability, and obscurity and transparency, all expressed through the dynamic interplay of light, water, and weather.

The exhibition delves into themes of subtle undertones, secret messages, and erotic signals, showcasing Horn’s art in dialogue with classic films by directors such as Bergman, Dreyer, von Trier, Chabrol, and Hitchcock. These pairings reveal the profound influence of cinema on Horn’s work and highlight an intense focus on sexuality, the body, eroticism, and desire—elements often hidden beneath the surface of her conceptual imagery. Key works from throughout her career are featured, illustrating these intricate themes.

Book you exclusive free guided tour ticket here (you have to show the festival pass too)

Image Credit: Roni Horn, Cabinet of, 2001-2002, C prints, 36 parts (detail). Courtsey kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth ©Roni Horn

Tag med til FESTIVAL KICKSTART 2024!

Talk med Yana Wernicke under årets fotobogmarked på GL STRAND. Foto: Hans Vedsted

Lægger du eller din institution hus til en interessant fotoudstilling i juni 2024? Eller er du i gang med at koordinere en undergrundsudstilling i et af byens uafhængige udstillingssteder? Eller måske planlægger du en fotobogslancering, fotoperformance eller en artist talk med en anerkendt fotograf eller kamerabaseret kunstner?

Hvis det er tilfældet, kan du nu blive klogere på, hvad det vil sige, at være udstillings- eller eventpartner under Copenhagen Photo Festival, når vi inviterer til

FESTIVAL KICKSTART 2024

den 17. januar kl. 17-18.30.

i Villa Kultur på Krausesvej 3 på Østerbro

Her kan du høre mere om vores tanker for 2024, hvor vi fejrer 15 års jubilæum, og selv bringe gode ideer på banen. Vi ønsker nemlig at skabe en endnu stærkere sammenhængskraft på tværs af festivalens partnere. I løbet af mødet vender vi både publikumsbesøg, aktiviteter og nye initiativer såvel som markedsføringstiltag. Der bliver rig mulighed for at lufte ideer, forventninger og spørgsmål (se program nedenfor). 

I 2024 var der 44.000 besøgende på tværs af Copenhagen Photo Festivals +70 forskellige udstillings-, event-, og fotobogspartnere samt et imponerende udstillings-, talk- og eventprogram. Vi ser allerede nu frem til Copenhagen Photo Festival 2024 den 6.-16. juni og håber, at I vil være med til at fejre fotografiet sammen med os til den tid!

 Vi har en masse spændende ting i støbeskeen og vil blandt andet folde årets tema – ‘‘Entanglement’ – ud.

SU – Klik her for at tilmelde dig FESTIVAL KICKSTART 2024

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ENTANGLEMENT – Next year’s theme is announced!

Image credit: Detail from 'Soleil and Colin' from the series 'Talisman' by Kristina Knipe CPF solo artist 2023

At the closing event on the last day of the festival we were happy to not only present an inspiring and enlightening talk with three time World Press Photo winner, Mads Nissen, who will exhibit at the festival in 2024. We also announced the theme for next year’s festival: ENTANGLEMENT. 

Calling all photographers, exhibition venues and collaborators

With the 2024 theme we hope to shed light on how closely we are all connected, not only to each other but also to nature, culture and the big events influencing our lives in so many ways. Furthermore we hope the theme will inspire photographers, artists, exhibition partners and creative collaborators to reflect and engage with some of the urgent issues of our times. 

Just think of all the things that connect us. Visible relations like family, friends and communities or less visible like tech and AI that engages with your online footprints in unimaginable ways and connects us in vast datasets that we have no clue about. Whether we are included in neat, transparent networks or sweeped in unruly, messy or subtle bundles that seem impossible to untangle, there’s no way to evade the entanglements of our complex world. 

A hope to inspire to new collaborations and perspectives

The theme will first of all be relevant for all the photographers and artist seeking to present a solo exhibition at the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival. The theme is also relevant for our exhibition partners around the Copenhagen region, who will be invited to engage with the theme in some way for the next edition of the festival. Last but not least we hope to inspire collaborators and sponsors to approach the theme in new and inspiring ways to create new collaborations and perspectives.

2024 THEME TEXT: ENTANGLEMENT

The overarching theme for the 2024 festival edition is ‘entanglement’. A word or concept which refers to the way we are correlated over space and time to each other. To how we can have a mutual relationship or connection, in which one thing affects or depends on another. To the footprint that we leave, more or less intentionally.

The thought of being interconnected or interdependent can seem basic. In the sense that it is something which happens in our everyday life – whenever I do something it impacts my surroundings or relations, but it can also create reverberations that I did not foresee. With the word ‘entanglement’ we wish to focus even more closely on how we today seem to be not just connected in neat and nice networks or webs that we can observe, adjust and control.

In a global perspective with climate changes, wars, Western consumerism, AI technology or drug trafficking it is pertinent to talk about a concept like ‘entanglement’ to describe how big historical events as well as our own everyday life are closely connected and can mutually impact each other in unpredictable, unruly and even messy ways. In a complex world the connections are no longer easily traced, controlled or predicted.

When a brisk decision is made to invade Ukraine and the bread prices impact families all over the world. When a girl in Sweden refuses to go to school and impacts how we talk about global climate laws. When we realize that our personal travel plans impact ice melting in Greenland.

With our focus on entanglement for the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival we want to encourage open call applicants to examine our own impact on the world on a personal level as well as on how big events may circle out like rings in the water and hit us in unexpectedly and make us marvel, cry, laugh or wonder. 

We are particularly interested in applications that through camera-based media show us new perspectives in this entangled world of ours. Projects that both enlighten and inspire us to engage with the world, our relations and the entangled reality we live in.

Even though we live in an often frustratingly ever changing complex world, the complexity, the interconnectedness and the entanglement across time and space also possess beauty and hope that small changes can create large movements. That we as individuals actually can create reverberations, transform old structures and make a positive footprint too.


Strong event program across the city

Image credit: Joakim Eskildsen from his series 'Home works' exhibition at Fotografisk Center opening with a talk on 2. june.

Copenhagen Photo Festival presents the final festival program of the year, which, in addition to all the photo exhibitions, offers everything from inspiring talks and investigative panel debates to thought-provoking films and workshops that focus on rewilding. The festival opens with a curated grand opening event on 1 June, while three time World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen rounds off the festival with the last talk of the year on 11 June and unveiling of next year’s theme.

Copenhagen Photo Festival opens on Thursday 1 June with a large grand opening event that marks the beginning of 11 days filled with contemporary photography, powerful films and insightful talks. The festival's grand opening is celebrated with DJ, happy hour and a rewilded photo performance as well as guided tours by the exhibiting artists in the exhibition park's 13 exhibitions on Refshaleøen as a taste of what the festival has to offer.

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Topical talks and panels examine art, photography and sustainable practices

In addition to presenting its visitors with contemporary photography, Copenhagen Photo Festival also wants to create a space for dialogue and inspiration through an extensive program of talks and panels.

Under this year's main theme of ‘rewilding’, the festival opens the doors to a series of panel debates in collaboration with FUTURES Photography, where sustainable art practices, art in public space and the importance of artificial intelligence for future photography and art are discussed.

The panels include photographers exhibiting at the festival flanked by a number of guest speakers and experts such as Carina Hammer, responsible for sustainability at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Lisa Giomar Hydén Exhibitions Director at Fotografiska Stockholm and Majken Overgaard from Korridor, but also Raphaël Biollay, curator at Images Vevey and Jacob Theilgaard, director of Bæredygtigt Kulturliv.nu.

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From Fryd Frydendahl to Torben Eskerod

In addition to the professional program on Refshaleøen, this year you can experience interesting conversations about photography all over the city, including at the photo book market at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Theilgaard Academy, Thiemers Magasin and at the Fotografisk Center and Det Kgl. Library and a number of other exhibition venues of the festival. On the program are, among others, Fryd Frydendahl, Joakim Eskildsen, Per Bak Jensen, Ole Christiansen, Lærke Posselt and Torben Eskerod.

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‘Rewild’ your photographic skills

During the Copenhagen Photo Festival, there will be a series of workshops that will take you back to the early techniques of photography. Here you can try your hand at cyanotype, wet plate photography, polaroid transfer or sew your own notebook with the elegant Japanese bookbinding technique.

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Photography in the Cinemateque

This year, Copenhagen Photo Festival also offers an extensive film program with subsequent talks both on Refshaleøen and in a special photo film program at the Cinematheque that shows e.g. acclaimed films by Sally Mann, Jacob Riis, Nan Goldin,Helmut Newton and the pioneeren and mad amn Eadweard Muybridge.

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Phie Ambo in dialogue about ‘rewilding’

At the festival center you can experience Phie Ambo's latest film "Organised Wildness", which focuses sharply on the dilemmas and conflicting interests that arise in a community in Thy in North Jutland, when the community is introduced to the rewilding of a local forest area. The film will be with English subtitles and after the screening Phie Ambo will enter a conversation on how we can rewild Denmark and have more wild nature. The film screening is made possible in collaboration with Imagine5 and Bio Bio.

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Three-time World Press Photo winner puts the finishing touches on this year's festival

One of the world's most recognized photographers, Mads Nissen, who has won the main prize in World Press Photo three times, rounds off the Copenhagen Photo Festival with an artist talk about his latest project SANGRE BLANCA.

SANGRE BLANCA was made in a unique collaboration with the Colombian artist Juan Arreaza, and examines the journey of cocaine from a laboratory in Colombia to a nightclub in Kødbyen in Copenhagen. The project unfolds through photographs, oil paintings and installations and gives a unique insight into the historically high cocaine trade and its human consequences.

Open call 2024 kickoff

With this presentation, Mads Nissen connects to the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2024, where he will be headliner with his exhibition of SANGRE BLANCA. In connection with the talk, the veil will also be lifted for next year's main theme which kicks off the open call for the 2024 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Read more about the closing event

Explore the full festival programme


Halfdan's brief sanctuary

“During corona I began going on daily walks around the cemetery and I noticed how being away for an extended period of time allowed me to observe the garden in a different light. I was immediately drawn to the young people hanging out there and the connotations of mortality tied to the cemetery”

Meet photographer Halfdan Venlov. The artist behind A brief sanctuary, which opens at Arden Asbæk Gallery 26 May, is seeking optimism in the everyday in his poetic and personal photographs.

His photographs document and ponder over the life and still life at Assistens Kirkegården – Copenhagen’s celebrated churchyard-turned-city park – with portraits of the young people inhabiting the beautiful, atmospheric and historical space, the flowers and the gravestones of the many notable and less notable Copenhageners resting there.

Hear him talk more about his practice and photographs in the video below and check out his exhibition and artist talks at Arden Asbæk Gallery here


Extensive photo film programme at Cinemateket

Image credit: Helmut Newton - The Bad And The Beautiful

As part of this year's Copenhagen Photo Festival we are happy to present an extensive film programme at Cinemateket in the center of Copenhagen. The film house is celebrating the art of photography by showing a number of unique films by and about prominent photographers – from Muybridge and Newton to Nan Goldin, Sally Man, Jette Bang and Steen Møller Christensen.

Several screenings are followed by a talk about the film and photographer. We look forward to seeing you at Cinemateket!

Programme at the Cinemateket

From 6 to 17 June, you can find : 

6 June - 'What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann' by Steven Cantor

9 June - 'All the Beauty and the Bloodshed' by Laura Poitras

10 June - 'Exposing Muybridge' by Mark Shaffer

10 June - 'Helmuth Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful' by Gero von Boehm

14 June - 'Flash of a Dream' by Robert Michael Fox

14 June - 'Helmuth Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful' by Gero von Boehm

16 June - 'Exposing Muybridge' by Mark Shaffer

17 June - 'Flash of a Dream' by Robert Michael Fox

17 June - 'All the Beauty and the Bloodshed' by Laura Poitras

How to participate? 

Place: Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, Kbh K
Ticket price: 85 kr. (55 kr. for members).

Read more about the programme and buy your ticket at Cinemateket 


Festival warm up this week

Image credit: Michael Kenna Wanaka is part of Des Oiseaux opening at Landskrona Photo 12 May

Pop-ups, exhibition openings, artist talks – what is happening this week? Until the festival opens we will highlight current events in our weekly newsletter and Instagram account to help you navigate the many events and exhibitions. 

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Only three weeks to go before we can celebrate the Grand opening of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2023 on 1 June together. We are looking so much forward to it this year and the many great events, performances and talks we will sprinkle on top!

However, you may have noticed that several of our partner venues have already begun the celebration of contemporary photography and camera-based art across our region ahead of us and we can only encourage you to explore all the available exhibitions and events now in our exhibition programme, e.g. Various Photographers at Landskrona Foto, Craig Ames at Landkrona Foto, and Jesper Rasmussen at Galerie MøllerWitt.

Get an overview below or click here to explore the programme 

Image Credits: Paolo Pellegrin at Landskrona Foto / Craig Ames at Landskrona Foto / Jesper Rasmussen at Galerie MøllerWitt

Festival warm up at our partner venues

Image credit: Roger Ballen is part of Des Oiseaux opening at  Landskrona Photo 12 May

Pop-ups, exhibition openings, artist talks – what is happening this week? Until the festival opens we will highlight current events in our weekly newsletter and Instagram account to help you navigate the many events and exhibitions. 

Sign up here for the newsletter 

Only four weeks to go before we can celebrate the Grand opening of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2023 on 1 June together. We are looking so much forward to it this year and the many great events, performances and talks we will sprinkle on top!

However, you may have noticed that several of our partner venues have already begun the celebration of contemporary photography and camera-based art across our region ahead of us and we can only encourage you to explore all the available exhibitions and events now in our exhibition programme, e.g. Refik Anadol at Arken, Marie Hald at Det nationalhistoriske museum, Hyung S. Kim at M/S Maritime Museum, Richard Prince at Louisiana and much more.

Get an overview below or click here to explore the programme 

Image Credits: Maja Daniels at Galleri Format / Janne Klerk at Johannes Larsen Museum / Richard Prince at Louisiana Museumof Modern art

Nature dreams in a digital age

NATURE DREAMS Refik Anadol Image credit: Emma Sennels / ARKEN

The Turkish artist Refik Anadol can right now be seen on Danish soil for the first time ever in an exhibition at the contemporary art museum ARKEN south of Copenhagen. His art raises highly topical questions about our relationship with artificial intelligence. 

What does it mean to be human in a time permeated by artificial intelligence – now and in the future? In his giant digital installations, Refik Anadol (b. 1985), who is currently also exhibited at MoMA, works with machine learning and artificial intelligence, utilising the data-driven algorithms found everywhere in our everyday life. 

His installations raise philosophical questions which point to a future where human existence is inextricably linked to data and advanced computer technology – to an even greater extent than today. Refik Anadol presents three works at ARKEN, one of them created especially for the exhibition Nature dreams

AI algorithmic abstractions

The works take their point of departure in visual presentations of nature found online and on digital media. These gushing waterfalls, sunsets, forests and plains affect our shared ideas about what nature is and what it looks like. Anadol has collected millions of images of nature through the years, compiling vast sets of data. Through AI algorithms, Anadol’s works transform this data into completely new, partially abstract and everchanging depictions of nature. The main work of the exhibition is the 7 x 7 metre data sculpture Nature Dreams from 2021. 

Weather data from Ishøj becomes a new work of art 

Refik Anadol has created a new work rooted in the museum’s unique natural setting. Taking its starting point in meteorological data from the area around ARKEN, the work’s algorithms translate this information into a visual world of images that will be displayed outdoors, projected onto the museum building. Responding to the weather, the work will change from one minute to the next. 

In the third work of the exhibition, visitors enter an immersive installation where the viewer’s senses are subjected to a barrage of input from all sides, as if you had entered the brain of a machine. 

Three-year exhibition series 

REFIK ANADOL – NATURE DREAMS is the first part of ARKEN’s three-year exhibition series NATURE FUTURE, which uses art to explore humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, now and in the future. NATURE FUTURE will unfold within the museum’s spectacular 1,000 m2 gallery, The Art Axis, taking the form of a succession of immersive installations created by leading international contemporary artists. 

To the greatest extent possible, these exhibitions will be produced in Denmark and specifically for the museum in order to minimise climate impact and costs due to factors such as international shipping. 

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