FLORA YUKHNOVICH – INTO THE WOODS

18. SEPTEMBER 2024 – 19. JANUAR 2025

FLORA YUKHNOVICH – 

INTO THE WOODS

Ordrupgaard presents the acclaimed British artist Flora Yukhnovich (b. 1990), in her first solo exhibition outside the United Kingdom, titled Into the Woods. Yukhnovich has been hailed as one of the great new masters of painting, destined to occupy a central place in art history. Using a sensuous visual language that lies between figuration and abstraction, Yukhnovich incorporates historical styles into her work – particularly Rococo. At the same time, she transcends conventional genre boundaries by traversing high culture and popular culture. In this exhibition, Yukhnovich invites her audience into an enchanted forest, reminiscent of the worlds of fantasy. Here the boundary between the conscious and the unconscious dissolves in the encounter with both the goddess Venus and the rap queen Nicki Minaj. The exhibition guides the audience through a forest of references, with the female body as the recurring motif.

The works in the exhibition are based on one of Rococo’s favoured genres, the fête galante, in which aristocrats meet and flirt in forest clearings, as in works by such great French masters of the eighteenth century as Watteau, Fragonard, and Boucher. The genre was later revived and reinterpreted in the second half of the nineteenth century by Impressionists like Renoir and Morisot, whose works are prominently represented in Ordrupgaard’s collection.

Into the Woods features a series of new works produced specifically for the occasion. The exhibition will be on view alongside Ai Weiwei’s Water Lilies #1; both exhibitions mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Impressionism with a contemporary artist’s perspective on this groundbreaking movement as well as on the eighteenth-century art that preceded it.  

 

The Exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Ny Carlsbergfondet

Knud Højgaards Fond

Axel Muusfeldts Fond

Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond

Jørgen Krygers og Anne Ammitzbølls Fond

Toyota-Fonden

Arne V. Schleschs Fond

Gangstedfondene

Flora Yukhnovich, If All the World Were Jell-O, 2019, 180 x 250 cm © Flora Yukhnovich Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

JEPPE HEIN – WATER PAVILION

JEPPE HEIN – WATER PAVILION

Jeppe Hein’s spectacular new installation Water Pavilion Ordrupgaard is visible already upon arrival in the foyer where the delightful and lively movements of the cascading water spark curiosity and lead the eye out into the park. As a festive prelude, attention is thus drawn to the park’s sensuous art experiences which run parallel to the classical presentation of the galleries. With Water Pavilion Ordrupgaard the museum also adds another iconic work to the park’s ever-growing collection.

Jeppe Hein (b.1974) has made a name for himself internationally with participatory artworks that encourage the audience to playfully engage with art and to start a dialogue with each other. At the crossroads between art, architecture and technical inventions Hein creates works that are usually rooted in a simple pared-down idea, and often in one or more geometric shapes. The artistic expression thus harks back to the conceptual and minimalist art of the 1970s, but Hein’s works are intended for interaction and are meant to be experienced physically. They thus have intuitive appeal to both children and adults – typically containing an element of humour and one or more moments of surprise. The water pavilion provides an additional opportunity to not only see the surroundings from unusual vistas, but also hide inside the water enclosure. 

LIQUID ARCHITECHTURE

This is also the case with Water Pavilion Ordrupgaard which is built around an oval outline from which numerous jets of water create water walls that alternately rise and fall. The water walls, which arrive at a maximum height of 2.2 meters, are constantly moving, creating new, ever-changing spaces that you can choose to enter, only to find yourself surrounded by a wall of cascading water. Whether you choose to walk about in the pavilion dry-shod or jump straight into the waters depends entirely on your temperament and personal inclinations.

A SOCIAL SCULPTURE

“Ideally, the installation promotes communication and empathy among the people who choose to let themselves be embraced by the circle of water,” states Jeppe Hein.

Water Pavilion Ordrupgaard also forms a spatial constellation where children and adults can feel connected through play. This also applies to those of the visitors who do not already know each other. For the collective experience will give rise to new, spontaneous encounters across generations, just as cultural and linguistic barriers will be broken down in the direct sensory encounter with art. In addition, you become aware of your own as well as other people’s boundaries: How far will you go when playing along? Do you step right into the work, or do you remain on the periphery?

A NEW INSTALLATION IN THE ART PARK

The water pavilion is a beautiful addition to the park’s other works, all created by high-profile contemporary artists with play and interaction in mind. Here touching, climbing and jumping on the art is allowed, making the park’s works a refreshing complement to the more traditional museum experience inside.

Jeppe Hein is already represented with two works: 1 Dimensional Mirror Mobile, 2009 and Semicircular Mirror Labyrinth II, 2013.

The park also includes works by Olafur Eliasson, Terunobu Fujimori, Carsten Höller, Klara Kristalova, Henry Krokatsis, Randi & Katrine, Tomas Saraceno, Simon Starling, Doug & Mike Starn and Eva Sørensen.

ABOUT WATER PAVILION ORDRUPGAARD

The oval outline of the water pavilion is divided into four internal water walls by water jets shooting up from the ground. The water walls reach a maximum height of 2.20 meters and randomly rise and fall, thus creating different spatial constellations.

Materials: Water, jets, nozzles, iron grating, stainless steel, electric pumps, programmed control.
Dimensions: 220 x 1200 x 1000 cm.

Water Pavilion Ordrupgaard has received generous financial support from Nordea-fonden.