On a warm, cloudless day in August, I took the 992 harbor ferry to Nyhavn, meandered over the recently opened Innerharbor Cycling and Footbridge to Paper Island and breezed into an exhibition space that will be soon on everybody’s lips. This summer, Copenhagen became one art center richer with the official opening of Copenhagen Contemporary at its temporary location on Paper Island / Papirøen. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with Copenhagen Street Food and blessed with stunning views over the central harbor area, Copenhagen Contemporary couldn’t have found a better platform for exposing large-scale installation exhibitions to an ever curious public. Wandering around this former 3.000m² paper-warehouse, the Copenhagen Contemporary has found the perfect place for presenting music and video installations and in an accessible part of Copenhagen.
The city has yearned for years for an exhibition space to match and compete with international heavyweights, such as The Tate Modern and although it might not be in the same architectural league, Copenhagen Contemporary’s ambitions are not to be taken lightly. This summer season kicked-off with the intense and melancholic works from the Icelandic multi-artist, Ragnar Kjartansson, known especially for his captivating video work, A Lot Of Sorrow and the unnerving and yet masterly light installation, Unidisplay by the German artist, Carsten Nicolai. The 30 meter long optic installation projecting waves of light patterns stretching into infinity. Copenhagen Contemporary and its sponsors deserve a tremendous amount of credit for attracting artists of this caliber.
Photo credits: Copenhagen Contemporary & Phillip Mills