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No finishing date for the exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses has yet been set.

Boy in cramped conditions, Bjørn Nørgaard’s Hesteofringen (The Horse Sacrifice) in new set-up, and a Lamborghini whose paintwork you are allowed to scratch. New exhibition at ARoS featuring works from the collection wants to direct focus on contemporary society and challenge our ideas about Europe.

The exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses presents works from the ARoS collection as well as a series of distinctive works on loan. The exhibition features carefully selected installations by a number of international artists. No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses may be seen as a follow-up to Out of the Darkness, which was the first exhibition curated by Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director.

Aspects highlighted include people’s right to differ, Europe on the move, and how our view of humanity and sets of values – as individuals and as groups – are being challenged. While these themes are directly reflected in the exhibition title, the latter also alludes to literature and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, now a symbol of the clash between free thinking and orthodoxy.


The scenography in the gallery has been toned down, allowing the individual work to unfold and to interact with other works. The exhibition will feature works by e.g. Ron Mueck, Tony Matelli, Bjørn Nørgaard, Andy Warhol, Shirin Neshat, Edward Kienholz, Rose Eken, and selected young artists, who have shown in the series ARoS FOCUS//NEW NORDIC during the past two years.

List of artists and works:

Edward Kienholz (1927 – 1994), Sawdy nr. 46, 1971  
Gardar Eide Einarsson (1976), Untitled (Flagwaste), 2015  
E.B. Itso (1977), Clandestine Boat Cemetery, 2015  
Jani Leinonen (1978), Beggars’ Signs, 2009-2015  
Shirin Neshat (1957), Zarin, 2005 (20:30 min.)  
Elmgreen & Dragset (1961, 1969), Welcome, 2014  
Ron Mueck (1958), Boy, 1999  
Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen (1959, 1958), Camp Kitchen, 2014  
Rose Eken (1976), Tableau, 2015  
Bjørn Nørgaard (1947), Hesteofringen, 1970  
Tony Matelli (1971), Fucked (Couple), 2005  
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Electric Chair, 1971  
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Marilyn, 1964  
Leonard Rickhard (1945) Scene etter solnedgang, 2008-09  
Superflex, Bankrupt Banks, August 23, 2013, 2013  
Dolk (1979), Low Key, 2016  
Tracey Moffat, (1960), Revolution, 2008  
Nick Theobald (1986), Nothing Left to Offer, 2014  
Thorbjørn Lausten, (1945), Lysskulptur uden titel, 1985  
Gilbert & George (1943, 1942), Resting, 1991  
Wes Lang (1971), This Noble One, 2014 

The exhibition was conceived after an idea by Erlend G. Høyersten and is co-curated by Erik Nørager Pedersen and Pernille Taagaard Dinesen.