I've been in Skælskør, Denmark (a small seaside town of 6,000) for almost 2 weeks making new work and learning about atmospheric firing (soda + wood) at the Guldergergaard International Ceramic Research Centre. Taking a day off, I rode the train into Copenhagen to attend the opening of the annual Spring Exhibition, Charlottenborg Forårsudstillingen. With the event being packed, it was difficult to document the exhibition without people in view. So I decided to embrace this fact and purposefully capture the attendees taking it all in. Note the beautiful bouquets the artists receive, the cardboard boxes that are ceramic, and the great fashions.
The Kunsthal Charlottenborg is a contemporary art museum that boasts ambitious programming and is located in a stunning building. It merged with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Schools of Visual Arts in 2012 as a single organization on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture. Below is a description of The Spring Exhibition from the accompanying catalogue :
The Spring Exhibition is one of Europe's most important juried exhibitions, and since 1857 has been on of the annual highlights of the Charlottenborg's exhibition programme. Once again Kunsthal Charlottenborg is hosting The Spring Exhibition, and true to tradition the exhibition presents a wide range of art, architecture and design works.
The Spring Exhibition 2014 received entries from 696 applicants, of whom 49 artists from around the world have been given the opportunity to exhibit for an international audience. There are artists from Denmark and northern Europe, but the exhibition also presents works by artists from countries like Brazil, Canada and New Zealand. Behind the total of 73 works are participants with very different backgrounds and experience - some of them with a long professional track record, others talented newcomers. The artists also range widely in age: the youngest was born in 1990, and the oldest in 1955.