Utopia & Contemporary Art

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art releases new book: "Utopia & Contemporary Art"

New book release:
Utopia & Contemporary Art
Winter 2012, English
176 pages, 64 ill., hardcover
ISBN 978-3-7757-3281-9


The revival and reinterpretation of utopia in contemporary art

Utopia has become a controversial concept, spanning the field between the belief in an ideal society and the dystopian nightmare. Within the last decade, the contemporary art scene has witnessed a return of utopia and utopian thinking. Whether detectable as an impulse, critically reassessed as a concept, or cautiously or daringly articulated in a specific vision—utopia continues to matter. This publication investigates the meanings of utopia in contemporary art. Theorists, critics, and curators discuss the different ways of thinking and performing utopia in contemporary art from a broad range of angles. The essays explore the current relevance of utopia as well as how people in different societies live, think, act, and imagine. The two parts, Utopia Revisited and Utopian Positions, provide both a theoretical backdrop for the reformulations of utopia in contemporary art as well as examinations of specific utopian stances in connection with the three-year utopia project at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art and solo shows by Qiu Anxiong, Katharina Grosse, and Olafur Eliasson.

Exhibition schedule: ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, ongoing