Copenhagen Art Week relaunches as Art Matter Festival

Copenhagen Art Week relaunches as Art Matter Festival

Art Matter

Design: Nicolas Fuhr.*

May 10, 2024
Copenhagen Art Week relaunches as Art Matter Festival
May 23–June 1, 2024

Since 2013, Art Week has presented contemporary art in collaboration with the art field actors in Copenhagen and neighbouring Malmö. From major players such as Nikolaj Kunsthall, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Louisiana, to galleries and experimental project spaces, the festival presents close to 200 exhibitions and events and amplifies the public voice of the visual arts in Copenhagen.

The 2024 festival is presented under the new name Art Matter Festival. 

The festival is part of the larger Art Matter platform (formerly, which also operates an online art guide and an art magazine. Art Matter Festival provides moments for insight, understanding, celebration, reflection, and love for art. Art Matter is built upon the Art Matter Foundation, which since 2008 has been Denmark’s leading disseminator of art.

Art Matter aims to broaden engagement with the visual arts by presenting new encounters with art and artists, making contemporary art and artists’ roles in society visible, and stimulating conversations about art. By showcasing the diverse producers and facets of contemporary art, the festival provides pathways for more people to explore the experiences and insights that contemporary art holds. Visitors can listen to artist talks, participate in workshops, come along for exhibition tours, float between art bars and exhibitions, experience exciting performances, dance at boisterous opening parties, and more. 

Among notable events at this years’ festival are:

A grand opening party at Kunsthal Nikolaj, featuring the performance entitled Free-fall by Miriam Kongstad, What Meets the Eye by Lotte Sigh, and the premier of Got Your Back by the graduating students from Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School. The evenings soundtrack and live DJ-ing by abolish i (Simin Stine Ramezanali and Maryam Fazeli aka moraya). 

Exhibitions and artist talks by Kamilla Jørgensen (Sports Illustrated) and Ellis Achong Karker (Around A Sun) at Skold Contemporary, a contemporary art space in changing rooms three and six of Østerbro Football Stadium.

At O—Overgaden, The Sick/Crip Body as Fetisch Object, A lecture-based pornografic screening by Panteha Abareshi.

Artists: Panteha Abareshi, Ellis Achong Karker, Marwa Al-Sabouni, Carlos Amorales, Rune Bering, Mette Borup Kristensen, Karim Boumjimar, Christine Clemmesen, Danilo Correale, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Louise Damgaard, Birgitte Ejdrup Kristensen, Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Rune Fjord, Peter Funch, Maja Gade, Ditte Gantriis, Karin Hald, Anette Harboe Flensburg, Marcia Harvey Isaksson, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, Koo Jeong A, Kamilla Jørgensen, Nina K Ekman, Maya Kjærulff, Pernille Kløvedal Helweg, Miriam Kongstad, Carl Krull, Linnea Langfjord, Maria Lepistö, Sara Lubich, Marie Melchiorsen, Niels Munk Plum, Anne Munnecke, Martine Myrup, Maria Nørholm Ramouk, Anneli Olesen, Magnus Pind, Simona Popovic, PRICE, Niels Pugholm, Atiéna R. Kilfa, Simin Stine Ramezanali, Frida Retz, Anders Reventlov, Matthew Ronay, Maria Rubinke, Line Sandvad Mengers, Liu Shiyuan, Nickie Sigurdsson, Monica Sjåå, Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Mark Tholander, Nicky Ulrich-Sparre, Noah Umur Kanber, Tris Vonna-Michell, Theis Wendt, Kristoffer Ørum. 

Exhibition spaces: Absalon, Arden Asbæk Gallery, Art Hub Copenhagen, Bakkehuset, Bladr, c4 projects, Cisternerne, Classeværelset, Danske Grafikeres Hus, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, DIAA—Danish Italian Art Association, Dyssegaarden Skole, FABRIKKEN Afd. AC, Format Artspace, Formation Gallery, Fotografisk Center, FOYERcontemporary, FRIISLAND center for performance art, Galleri 1,4 m3Hot Pot Republic X Another Public, Huset KBH, ICORN, inter.pblcKunst på Arbejde, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Ladder Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Konstmuseum, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Moderna Museet Malmö, Museum of Contemporary Art, Møstings, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Nikolaj Kunsthal, O—Overgaden, Oblong, platform BUNKER, Politikens Forhal, Polyteknikken, REX, Rum for Æstetik, The Black Diamond, The Round TowerSharp Projects, SKITSE, Skjold Contemporary, Sophienholm, SPECTA, Stereo Exchange, STORM, StudioLab, Sydhavn StationVermillion Sands, Øregaard Museum, Ørestad Nursing Home.

Image above: Artists pictured left to right: Miriam Kongstad, Poison Paradise, 2022. Photo: Johanne Karlsrud. Kristoffer Ørum, Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium, 2019.

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