KICK OFF
Contemporary Art and Football

22. April 2010 to 8. August 2010

KICK OFF 
Contemporary Art and Football
April 22 - August 8 2010
Upper Gallery

 

Kristoffer Akselbo (DK), Fikret Atay (TUR), Martin Brand (DE), Jeannette Ehlers (DK), Harun Farocki (DE), Amel Ibrahimovic (BOS/DK), Frank Altschul Jensen (DK), Jakob Kolding (DK), Lutz & Guggisberg (CH), Ingeborg Lüscher (CH), Knud Pedersen (DK), Laurent Perbos (FR), Pied la biche (FR), Seifollah Samadian (IR), Katya Sander (DK), Serge Spitzer (US), John Stotzer (CH), Floor Wesseling (NL) and 0100101110101101.org (IT).

 

Over the past decades, football, through massive investments and well-planned branding strategies, has become a business raking in billions and with an enormous global power of fascination. Today, football is a movement captivating hundreds of millions of people, permeating not only the way it is covered in journalistic terms, but also advertising, fashion, computer games, films - and visual art.

 

With the thematic group exhibition Kick Off, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, wishes to give a critical-aesthetical impulse to the football fever which will no doubt be raging before and during this year's World Cup, the first ever to take place on the African continent - and this time around with the participation of the Danish national team. 

 

The exhibition approaches football as a multi-faceted phenomenon by applying various artistic gazes - on its spectacular finals and scandals, its prestigious transfers and building of arenas, its colourful fan culture and despicable hooliganism, its iconography and massive merchandising, its brutality and creativity, its star worship, and its unique ability to inform, and even define, the loyal supporter's everyday life