I visited Denmark for a week last week, and amongst other places I visited was the National Museum of Photography, which was hosting an exhibition entitled Unintended Sculptures by the Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren. I was drawn to it by this picture on the poster, which is from Iceland. The exhibition is essentially a series of very large pictures of artificial objects left in natural environments, and is meant to provide a contrast of the two. Most of the pictures didn’t do this very well but the ones from Iceland were very stark and impressive. I like the idea of this type of art, found items or whatever it is called – but in this case the exhibition ultimately seemed like a bunch of fancily rebadged holiday snaps. And anyway, everything I have seen of Iceland suggests that anyone who goes there with a half-decent camera could open an exhibition of their holiday snaps and people would pay to see them.
So overall the exhibition was a bit disappointing – some shots of walls, a few weird cactusses and some big plastic stuff in a forest, and 4 amazing snapshots from Iceland. Go and see it if you’re in Copenhagen, it’s better than the Design Centre, but probably if you have to choose you’re better off going to the botanic gardens (where I saw a red squirrel!)
Also, Denmark is awesome and Danes are like vikings in suits! And they love Australians!