Socle du Monde Biennale 2017

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- to challenge the Earth, the Moon, the Sun & the Stars

Socle du Monde 2017 presents a wide range of works by 62 artist from all over the world. Paintings, installation art, sculptures and performances – from colourless paintings, shit in a can and live chickens to art exchanges and a dancing light robot.

The biennale celebrates Piero Manzoni by turning its gaze partly towards the past, partly to the future as it presents a carefully chosen selection of exciting artists. It also presents a wide range of works that have never before been shown in Scandinavia.

The 2017 Socle Du Monde Biennale takes place at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning Højskole, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt’s Museum, The Geometric Gardens and HEART’s Sculpture Park.

The Socle du Monde Biennale will be presenting a number of internationally renowned curators headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director ZERO foundation, with curators Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum and Maria Finders . Assisting the team are Holger Reenberg, director at HEART and founding Director of The Socle du Monde Biennale , the director at Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Lotte Korshøj and Chief curator at HEART Michael Bank Christoffersen. Each of the 5 curators will create their individual chapter, based on a work by Manzoni, while the ‘outdoor’ chapters with permanent installations will be curated by the complete team.

The Socle du Monde Biennale was founded in 2002, making it the oldest Danish biennale focusing on contemporary art. It is named after Piero Manzoni’s groundbreaking sculpture Socle du Monde, one of the main masterpieces in the HEART collection.

NB Due to the size of the exhibition we recommend that you set aside approx. 2 hours to see the entire site

"Tatoo Tim" is travelling June 10-20 and is therefore not in the exhibiton's chapter 4.


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For press images and info contact: Thilde Nyborg Nielsen



 The organisers of the Socle du Monde Biennale regret to announce that the exhibition’s chapter 1 ”An experimental exhibition to challenge the midsummer night sun” has been removed from the exhibition. This is due to the protests from the estates of the artists of the Gutai group to the unauthorised reproductions, which the organisers have complied to.