Exhibitions

Tue Greenfort
Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!


23. October - 03. January 2021

TUE GREENFORT: Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!

The internationally recognized Danish artist Tue Greenfort has focused on nature as a concept throughout his work. He is particularly fascinated with the conditions and our understanding of nature that have put environmental and climate challenges on the agenda. GL STRAND will present several new works from the artist that draw insipration from GL STRAND’s location near what was once a beach.

Tue Greenfort’s new solo exhibition Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!, which opens at GL STRAND this Fall, takes its inspiration from the art museum’s placement near what was once a beach. Under the building lies the ancient edge of the water. Since then, additional land has been reclaimed and paved over, and for a while the area was well-known fish market, which has now become a recreational and cultural urban space. In several new works of sculptural and installation character Greenfort looks critically at the changes the beach as a cultural location has undergone and how society’s regulation of the beach as an image and landscape is tied to political and economic interests.  

The exhibition’s title, Under the Cobblestones, the Beach! is on one hand a reference to Gammel Strand’s historic development from nature to an urban space where sand has been replaced by pavement. On the other hand, the title is borrowed from the French art movement, the Situationists, who in 1968 produced the slogan ‘Sous les pavés, la plage!’ This was their critical answer to modern society’s authorities and their dominance via urbanisation, among other things. By drawing a connection to their societal criticism, Greenfort wants to bring attention to what drives our view of nature and climate and the underlying consequences for the changes today.

If there is something in Denmark that is anything like “wild nature”, it must be the constantly changing shoreline. The shoreline is a biozone, an area between two biotopes. It’s also a mental zone – a borderland between dreams and reality, between private fantasies and the public sphere, and a place where we notice pollution and societal changes in the biological and geopolitical field,” says Tue Greenfort.

In the works that make up the exhibition, Greenfort invites us to go on a journey of discovery through the beach’s more complex identities. Among them are references to beaches where the natural environment has been changed because of pollution from industry. He also examines the beach’s many cultural representations that leave our perception of the landscape stranded between fiction and reality.  

The exhibition’s works are accompanied by explanatory texts and a video interview with the artist, in which Greenfort tells about his project, his working processes, and his thoughts about the exhibition’s theme. A catalogue about the exhibition will also be published. In addition, the artist will participate in two talks during the course of the exhibition. Information about these events will be available on www.glstrand.dk 

About Tue Greenfort
Tue Greenfort (born 1973) lives and works in both Berlin and the Danish island of Falster. As an artist, he works in the border zones between art and science, culture, and nature. He calls himself a “professional amateur,” neither a sculptor nor a painter, but an artist who works to extend the boundaries of conceptual art, a blend of “art and research.” Greenfort has received major attention internationally, in part because of his participation in the exhibition dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. He’s also had several major solo exhibitions, most recently at the Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, in Copenhagen (2017), König Galerie, Berlin (2017), The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo (2016), Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Graz (2015), Secession, Wien (2007) and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006). In addition, he has participated in many international group exhibitions. Greenfort was educated at Det Fynske Kunstakademi, where he has since become an instructor, and at Städelschule in Frankfurt, from which he graduated in 2003.  

 

Tue Greenfort: Relief, 2020. © Tue Greenfort and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, London, Tokio. Photo: Tue Greenfort

Installation view_Tue Greenfort_Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!_2020_Kunstforeningen GLSTRAND_Photo_DorteKrogh

Installation view_Tue Greenfort_Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!_2020_Kunstforeningen GLSTRAND_Photo_DorteKrogh

Tue Greenfort, Untitled (Beach Cast), 2020. Under the Cobblestones, the Beach! In Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, 2020. Photo by Dorte Krogh

Installation view_Tue Greenfort_Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!_2020_Kunstforeningen GLSTRAND_Photo_DorteKrogh

Installation view_Tue Greenfort_Under the Cobblestones, the Beach!_2020_Kunstforeningen GLSTRAND_Photo_DorteKrogh

Tue Greenfort, Untitled (Beach Cast), 2020. Under the Cobblestones, the Beach! In Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, 2020. Photo by Dorte Krogh

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Tue Greenfort: Relief, 2020. © Tue Greenfort and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, London, Tokio. Photo: Tue Greenfort

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Tue Greenfort, Untitled (Beach Cast), 2020. Under the Cobblestones, the Beach! In Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, 2020. Photo by Dorte Krogh

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Tue Greenfort, Untitled (Beach Cast), 2020. Under the Cobblestones, the Beach! In Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, 2020. Photo by Dorte Krogh