Exhibition: Realistic Utopias
16 Dec 202211 Jun 2023

benandsebastian, Mysselhøj II, 2015/2022, part of the exhibition Realistic Utopias, curated by Irene Campolmi, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces/@koesmuseum, December 16, 2022-June 11, 2023. Photo: Julie Nymann

KØS presents Realistic Utopias, a group exhibition conceptualized as a journey of exploration, where you as a visitor are invited to investigate a bundle of artistic visions of public art for the future, imagined by artists from all over the world.

Realistic Utopias consists of ten different art projects created by nine artists who were born, have lived or are living in various geographical regions of the world. Each artist presents an unrealized or partly realized project or idea for an art installation conceived to be part of the public space of different geographies. At first, the projects may seem to have a utopian and unrealistic vision for the current world and the spaces people are meant to share. However, these are not sketches, but visions, ideas and projects that exist in another time: in the future, where they await the right societal, political and economic conditions to be realized.

The term utopia was coined in 1551 by the English philosopher and politician Thomas More in his description of an imaginary island where only the most perfect legal, social, and political conditions existed. Rather than addressing what those supposedly ‘perfect conditions’ would look like today, the exhibition emphasizes art’s potential to inspire people to reflect upon and shape them. Through these art projects, the exhibition presents the future as a reachable dimension we can explore across time.

The artists participating in the show are: Hassan Khan (ET/UK), Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/FR), Cooking Sections (UK), benandsebastian (DK/UK), Alessandra Ferrini (IT/UK), Alexandra Pirici (RO), Victoria Keddie (US), Dawit L. Petros (ER/CA), Pedro Reyes (MX).

This exhibition is curated by Irene Campolmi.

16 Dec 2022 – 11 Jun 2023
Tues-Sun 11-17

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Over 18: 90 Kr.
Students and seniors: 60 Kr.
Under 18 years: Free entrance


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4600 Køge

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Exhibition: Realistic Utopias
16 Dec 202211 Jun 2023


'Exhibition: Realistic Utopias'