Book launch - MAKING ROOM

18 Dec 2014

Welcome to the launch of the MAKING ROOM publication
18 December, 2014 at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Oslo Plads 1, DK - 2100 Copenhagen from 5 - 8 pm.
The launch is part of Den Frie's Christmas event - so there will be glögg, happy people and the book will be sold for a reduced price.

For more about the project MAKING ROOM. Nordic Artists, Institutions and Artist Institutions in the Modern Breakthrough and Today see here.


Let's think of it as actually making room - as a question of re-making, re-arranging, moving matter aside or discarding it, so that other things can come into play. To make new room and to invent other spaces, like adding a balcony to your apartment - making room without taking room - and at the same time gaining a better view.

MAKING ROOM is a symposium, held between October 31 and November 1, 2013 at Den Frie Copenhagen, about the self-organised, about artists, institutions and artists’ institutions, and now also this publication, presenting the reworked and edited versions of talks and papers given at the symposium.

MAKING ROOM combines art historical research with the thinking of present artist-run institutions and their relation to the institutional landscape they operate within. Thus MAKING ROOM briefly forgets the recent past, and connects the self-organised landscape of today’s Nordic countries with an ontological institutional history of the late nineteenth century. MAKING ROOM aims to investigate and discuss the parallels and possible relations between contemporary artist-run spaces and the early artist associations and institutions of the Modern Breakthrough in the Nordic countries.

Contributions Hugo Hopping, Michael Bank Christoffersen, Kitty Corbet Millward, Kristín Scheving, Jan Cox, Mikkel Thelle, Sydhavn Station (Anne Skole Overgaard, Sonja Lillebæk Christensen, Jens Axel Beck and Thorgej Steen Hansen), Honza Hoeck, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, and representing our partner institutions: Anna Scram Vejlby from The Hirschsprung Collection, David Jackson from University of Leeds and Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg from Den Frie.

Organised and edited by Marie Thams and Hannah Heilmann et al.

Teaser MAKING ROOM Publication

The project is supported by:
Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond
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Logo Statens Kunstråd
Logo Novo Nordisk
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