Opening

CC x Glyptoteket: Exhibition opening

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Thu. 13. Jun. 16:00 - 23:00

Join us when Copenhagen Contemporary and Glyptoteket jointly open the exhibition ‘The song is the call and the land is calling’ with the Palestinian artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Through visually spectacular multimedia installations, the exhibition highlights the deep connection that exists between heritage and identity, tracing stories of collective resilience through different times and places. Through poetry and political thought, Abbas and Abou-Rahme unfold stories of belonging, community and self-determination where experiences of loss, violence and displacement loom large.
The exhibition takes place at CC and the Glyptotek simultaneously and presents a number of the artists’ main works as well as a brand new work created specifically based on the museum’s ancient collection.

About the exhibition
The exhibition The song is the call and the land is calling, takes place in the borderland between annihilation and return, loss and resistance, colonial histories and the hope for new social realities. With a focus on the right to life and self-determination of oppressed peoples, Abbas and Abou-Rahme explore how stories of collective resistance resonate in human history and contemporary cultures. The artists themselves describe their work as resistance poetry that engages in rereading, revisiting, rethinking and reformulating not only the historiographies of the past, but also the present moment.

About Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas (born 1983, Cyprus) and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (born 1983, USA) have collaborated as a duo since 2007. They have presented solo exhibitions at art institutions such as MIT List Visual Arts Center (2024), Astrup Fearnley Museum (2023); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2022); Common Guild, Glasgow (2022); Art Institute of Chicago (2021); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2020) and Kunstverein, Hamburg (2018). Their work has been exhibited at major international biennials such as the Sharjah Biennial (2023, 2015); Berlin Biennial (2022); Busan Biennial (2018); Gwangju Biennial and São Paulo Biennial (both 2014), Istanbul Biennial (2013), Liverpool Biennial (2010) and Venice Biennale (2009). They have received the Sharjah Biennial Prize in 2015 and The Abraaj Prize in 2016. Their latest release And Yet Amy Mask Is Powerful was published by Printed Matter in New York in 2017.

About the collaboration
Hosting Histories – Revisiting Cultural Heritage of the Middle East and Beyond is a three-year collaboration between the Glyptotek and Copenhagen Contemporary, using international contemporary art to revisit the cultural heritage of antiquity and its significance today. In the period 2023-2025, two individual artists and an artist duo will each create a solo exhibition that relates to the Glyptotek’s ancient collections and is hosted by both art institutions at the same time.

The three-year exhibition program at CC and Glyptoteket is generously supported by:
The Obel Family Foundation
The exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary is further supported by
A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal
The exhibition at Glyptoteket is further supported by
The New Carlsberg Foundation, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Sportsgoodsfonden and Statens Kunstfond

Program and nice to know

Like the exhibition, the celebration takes place at both the Glyptotek and CC.

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At Glyptotek

14:00-16:00 Preview of the exhibition for CC members and Glyptotek annual pass holders – the day before you can experience the exhibition at CC as a member or annual pass holder: CC PREVIEW

16.00 The exhibition opens. Free admission to the Glyptotek
16.30 Free welcome beer in the ballroom
17.00 Welcome by director Gertrud Hvidberg-Hansen
17.15 Artist talk with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme by curators Anna Kærsgaard Gregersen, Glyptoteket and Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, CC

At Copenhagen Contemporary

18.00 Free admission to CC
19.00 Welcome and exhibition opening by Director Marie Laurberg at CC
19.15 Collective poetry reading facilitated by Elijah Kashmir: If I must die
20:00 Atusa DJ
20:30 Performance by Makimakkuk
21:30 Barbro & Mija
22.00 The exhibition closes
22.00 DJ at 22.00
23.00 Thank you for tonight

Special for CC members and Glyptotek annual pass holders:
Glyptotek annual pass holders and Copenhagen Contemporary members have the unique opportunity to get a sneak preview of the exhibitions before the official opening. This takes place at:
Copenhagen Contemporary: Wednesday, June 12, 15-18

Glyptoteket: Thursday, June 13, 14-16

Price and tickets

On the occasion of the exhibition opening, admission to the Glyptotek is free from 16:00. There is a limited number of seats in the Ballroom. There is also free admission to Copenhagen Contemporary from 18:00.

If you are unable to attend on the day, you still have the opportunity to see both exhibitions at a discounted price or by using your membership card for either the Glyptotek or CC.

Annual pass holders/members can visit both institutions for free throughout the exhibition period.

Regular visitors can get a 20% discount on a ticket to one location by presenting a ticket to the other location.

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