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Rasmus Myrup

Salon des Refusés


26/01/2024 –
– 07/04

A group of folkloric folks who have been ousted from modern Nordic normativity are hanging out in the exhibition. They are all gravitating towards the entrance of a club, waiting for us to leave so that they can come alive. This is a space where humans can’t go – their safe space. A space without us.

These mythological beings, with bodies of the natural materials they animate, wear custom-made garments that express their personalities, as contemporary embodiments of their ancient, actual legends.

These figures are beings of the past, in a contemporary context. Not unlike ourselves, yet completely different. For instance, the powerful earthly deity and single mother of four magical oxen, who drops acid once a year to alleviate the pressures of parenthood. Or a forest elf who is sick and tired of having to cover up the hole in her back, just because the human men can’t stop gawking at it…

The cultural past is repeatedly hijacked by extreme right-wing conservatives attempting to distort history to fit into their often patriarchal, misogynist, homophobic, cis-centric worldview. Resisting this suffocating grip, Myrup re-reads the sources of the past and brings forth their sensuous, queer and progressive characters.

Originating from oral storytelling, these personages arise from a collective subconscious, representing a wilderness in both reality and thought. Myrup aims to rediscover these ever-changing tales and gain a deeper understanding of our own present time in the process.

The new works in the exhibition Salon des Refusés by Danish artist Rasmus Myrup are a co-production between 1646 and the Gothenburg Biennial and the exhibition is a collaboration with Le Criée, in Rennes, France.


About Rasmus Myrup (Born 1991, Copenhagen) is a Danish artist, whose work seeks to explore how the experience of being human is malleable – and how susceptible it is; at its worst to manipulation and at its best to change. With roots in our belonging to the natural realm, Myrup investigates the big narratives of humanity’s existence, evolution and history through the lens of small, personal and intimate emotions. Through his sculptures, installations and drawings, he seeks to understand other times, species and worlds – and in that way everything from Neanderthals to trees or folklore can provide new perspectives on our understanding of death, sex and power. His recent solo exhibitions include Precoming at O – Overgaden (DK), Vertreibzeit at Kunstverein Göttingen (DE) and Slut [The End] at Jack Barrett (US).
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