Karriere – 34 leading artists from around the world make their mark in the Vesterbro quarter of Copenhagen. Art, cocktails and the old meat-packing district Kødbyen will be united in a unique, experimental café-bar project called Karriere. The Danish artist Jeppe Hein and his sister Lærke Hein have gathered a rousing array of Danish and international artists whose completely new works of art will contribute to the creation of a provocative oasis within the cityscape of Copenhagen.
The scope of Danish art and culture will soon be enriched by an injection of new energy from some of the most significant artists in the world. Jeppe Hein, the boldly advancing Danish artist, and his sister Lærke Hein are the driving force behind Karriere. It’s a new café-bar project that will emerge in the Danish capital as a long-awaited platform for new thinking in contemporary art, and a provocative alternative on the Copenhagen café and nightlife scene. In all, 34 Danish and international artists will contribute new works of art which will collectively function as a form of total installation that will beckon participation and interaction from the guests. Karriere is scheduled to open at the beginning of September and will be the first of a number of cultural and commercial projects planned to open side by side with existing butchers’ halls in the meat-packing district Hvide Kødby in the Vesterbro quarter of Copenhagen. During the next few months some of the larger old butcheries will be renovated and the works of art created specifically for the site will complete the metamorphosis. The inventories and fixtures will be redefined through the works of art, which relate to everything from aesthetics, function and the history of the area, while the installation will project the café-bar as political and social space for the public. The spot will be a regular café during the day and a cocktail bar at night. The works of art—through their interactive characteristics—will give a coffee date or night on the town a new dimension and provide a constant flow of topics for discussion. With concerts, DJs, lectures, events, and even its own newspaper, Karriere will stand out as a new centre for the creation and manifestation of contemporary art and culture.
The artists The contributing artists are all of the absolutely highest international calibre within their respective fields. Many of them have never exhibited in Denmark, because Danish museums and exhibition halls have not had the budget or not had the nerve to show them. These are artists who are normally shown at Tate Modern, MoMA, Centre Pompidou and more of the most important exhibition halls in the world. The participating artists who have been carefully selected to bolster Karriere’s interactive concept are:
Franz Ackermann (GER), Kristoffer Akselbo (DK), AVPD (DK), Kenneth Balfelt (DK), Lone Bank, Tanja Rau/ BankRau (DK), Massimo Bartolini (ITA), Monica Bonvicini (ITA), George Bures Miller/Janet Cardiff (CAN) Maurizio Cattelan (ITA), Gardar Eide Einarsson (NOR), Olafur Eliasson (DK/ICE), Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset (DK/NOR), Ceal Floyer (ENG), Thomas Poulsen/FOS (DK), Alicia Framis (SPA), Dan Graham (USA), Tue Greenfort (DK), Douglas Gordon (ENG), Natascha Sadr Haghighian (IRAN), Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SWE) Jeppe Hein (DK), Carsten Höller (GER), Jesper Just (DK), Ernesto Neto (BRA), Dan Peterman (USA), Tino Sehgal (ENG), Tomas Saraceno (ARG), Robert Stadler (FRA), Simon Starling (ENG), Rirkrit Tiravanija (THAI/USA) and Johannes Wohnseifer (GER).
Dan Graham is doing crazy walls outside…
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset (DK/NOR) have made the name “Karriere”
Brains behind the idea Jeppe Hein (b. 1973) was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. He has exhibited at numerous sites in Denmark and abroad, including PS1 MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen and Biennalen in Venice. Lærke Hein (b. 1982) has a broad range of experience as a bar- restaurant- nightclub manager. For most of the past two years she has managed one of Copenhagen’s leading and most exclusive nightclubs.