Leonard Cohen
A Crack in Everything

24. October - 13. April 2020


OCTOBER 24TH 2019 - APRIL 13TH 2020  

About 40 international contemporary artists and musicians will interpret Leonard Cohen’s life and work at a comprehensive exhibition, setting new standards for the interpretation of the encounter between music, literature and visual art in a contemporary art exhibition.
The exhibition, which drew large crowds when it opened in November 2017 in Cohen’s home town of Montréal, invites spectators to participate in several interactive works. In this way, the exhibition is turned into a very different sensational and engaging experience.

A Life’s Work Recounted Through Contemporary Art
International artists such as Candice Breitz, Tacita Dean, Taryn Simon Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as musicians such as Moby, The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, Richard Reed Parry, Socalled, Feist, Julia Holter and many more contribute to the comprehensive exhibition. All works have been created exclusively for the exhibition. In their own special way, each of the artists will communicate the unique manner in which the world-renowned Canadian combined text and music. Included is a big installation which highlights fifty years of Cohen concerts and a special video installation which invites spectators to experience Cohen’s reflections, thoughts and ideas close up.

During the entire exhibition, there will be a wide range of events, including talks, salons, lectures, concerts and intimate concerts organised by Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Developed with the Approval of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen approved of the exhibition concept, which concentrated on artists’ reflections on his life and work. Unfortunately, Leonard Cohen did not get an opportunity to see the finished exhibition prior to his death. The exhibition premiered in the fall of 2017 in Montréal and will in the spring of 2019 be shown at the Jewish Museum in New York. In October 2019, it will come to Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen.

‘We are very proud to present the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center in the fall of 2019. The exhibition sets an entirely new standard for contemporary art exhibitions. It is an exhibition you will want to visit again and again’, says Helle Behrndt, Director of Kunstforeningen GL STRAND. She continues: ‘We are very excited to able to give the Danish audience an opportunity to experience the exhibition. Whether or not you are a fan of Leonard Cohen, you have something to look forward to’.

‘This exhibition is an amazing opportunity, and we look forward to getting such an exciting and large-scale exhibition to Copenhagen. Guests can experience the exhibition at two unique locations, where the artwork is really allowed to unfold into a historical architecture. We look much forward to inviting the audience into both exhibition centers for a completely unique experience where poetry, spirituality and music play a leading role’, says Helene Nyborg, Artistic Director at Nikolaj Kunsthal.

The exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything can be seen at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal from October 24, 2019 to April 13, 2020. One ticket will buy you access to both Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is organised by Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and curated by John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the MAC, and Victor Shiffman, Co-Curator.  The exhibition in Copenhagen is presented by Kunstforeningen GL STRAND in collaboration with Nikolaj Kunsthal. 

The presentation of Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is made possible by our generous donors A.P. Møller and Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Det Obelske Familiefond og Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond.


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