Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, Chantal Akerman, Knut Åsdam, Rosa Barba, Rui Calçada Bastos, Stanley Brouwn, Kristina Bræin, Tacita Dean, Marine Hugonnier, Isaac Julien, Runo Lagomarsino, Helen Mirra, Adrian Paci, Robert Smithson, Fiona Tan
Unfinished Journeys is inspired by a number of the National Museum’s most recent acquisitions, the impressive nine-channel video installation Ten Thousand Waves by British artist Isaac Julien which poetically interweaves a range of stories that link China’s past and present, Knut Åsdam’s haunting video-installation Abyss confronting us with contemporary displacement in a situation of drastic urban change, Marine Hugonnier’s Travelling Amazonia exploring the never quite finished thoroughfare cut from East to West through Amazonia as well as Runo Lagomarsino’s We all laughed at Christopher Columbus alluding to an even earlier pioneer route. Presenting fourteen internationally renowned artists, the exhibition is dedicated to ‘unfinished journeys’ of various kinds: The unremitting quest for one’s own identity and place in the world, travel for the sake of the search, the ever unfulfilled craving for an ‘object of desire’ or moments gone past, migration and the wish to belong but also the restless urge for discoveries and explorations also addressing the downsides of these, exploitation and colonization.
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