@ Viborg Kunsthal

Riddergade 8, 8800 Viborg, Denmark
viborgkunsthal.viborg.dk

Jenny Brockmann / Irina Birger / A/A – Andreas Greiner & Armin Keplinger / Kitty Kraus / Alicja Kwade / Helene Hellmich / huber.huber / Julian Rosefeldt / Elsa Salonen / Nika Fontaine / Scene Everything / Troika / Virginie Yassef

24.06.–03.09.2017

OPENING

Friday 23.06.2017
5.00–7.00pm

Corridor 3: Valdemar Daa, 24.06. – 03.09.2017, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark. Photos: Kurt Nielsen, except for 1: Troika & 2-5: Joseph Popper.

The philosopher’s stone is one of the most sought-after treasures in the world of alchemy. Over hundreds of years, alchemists from the Arabic countries through to East Asia and Europe have tried to create the magical mixture said to prolong life and transform impure material into pure. Around 1660, the Danish alchemist Valdemar Daa – while depleting his family fortune in its pursuit – was convinced that he found the philosopher’s stone. Shortly after, so the story goes, the glass containing the precious liquid ruptured and smashed. He was never able to prove his discovery. Starting from this specific moment set in the late 1600s, Corridor 3 invites visitors to enter into a mindset where different kinds of mystical knowledge and beliefs pervaded over today’s version of science. They will be taken on a journey through the mysteries of alchemy, the human faith in the potential for natural materials to hold treasures of incredible power, and one person’s obsessive search for the seemingly impossible.

From 24th June – 3rd September 2017 the exhibition Corridor 3: Valdemar Daa, curated by the Berlin-based collective insitu, will turn the Kunsthal Viborg into a location where an old Viborg story is brought to life and the magic of alchemy can be experienced.

For Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017, insitu presents the culmination of an ambitious three exhibition cycle dealing with the potential of time travel. Described as Corridors each exhibition takes visitors on an unfolding narrative that provides a special exhibition-viewing experience. Corridor 3 begins with a historical moment, related to the legend around Valdemar Daa, whose very body is buried at the Viborg Cathedral and whose story had inspired Hans Christian Andersen in the tale of »The story of the Wind« (1859).

Around 1660, the Danish alchemist Valdemar Daa – while depleting his family fortune in its pursuit – was convinced that he found the philosopher’s stone. Shortly after, so the story goes, the glass containing the precious liquid ruptured and smashed. He was never able to prove his discovery. The philosopher’s stone is one of the most sought-after treasures in the world of alchemy. Over hundreds of years, alchemists from the Arabic countries through to East Asia and Europe have tried to create the magical mixture said to prolong life and transform impure material into pure.

Corridor 3: Valdemar Daa invites visitors to enter into a mindset where different kinds of mystical knowledge and beliefs pervaded over today’s version of science. They will be taken on a journey through the mysteries of alchemy, the human faith in the potential for natural materials to hold treasures of incredible power, and one person’s obsessive search for the seemingly impossible.

This unique exhibition includes a combination of specially commissioned works of art, existing works by prominent and emerging international artists, as well as thematic artefacts from other disciplines. The artworks and artefacts will be presented throughout the multi-room Kunsthal according to key concepts related to the story of Valdemar Daa: Transmutation, Obsession for the Impossible, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the History of Alchemy.

The multidisciplinary design studio Scene Everything will present an engaging scenography that takes viewers through the history of alchemy from the time of Valdemar Daa in the 1660s up to today. The collective Troika will present for the first time in Denmark the site-specific light installation »Arcades«. Furthermore, visitors will be able to read the very first edition of Hans Christian Andersen tale, and see documentation from the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle (Germany) who recreated the chemical processes that alchemists have conducted in the middle ages. Additional highlights will include Alicija Kwade who takes part in the Venice Biennale 2017 and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt with an immersive 3-channel video installation.

Viborg Kunsthal
Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture
prohelvetia – swiss art council
 
Danish Art Foundation