Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) is an independent institution established in 2015 with the aim of creating an international center for contemporary art and cultural experiences in Copenhagen.
CC was given the opportunity to rent 3,400 m2 of the former paper halls in the Copenhagen Inner Harbour beside the Opera and opposite the Playhouse and Nyhavn. Since the opening in the summer of 2016, CC has presented a world class programme of international contemporary art at Papirøen (Paper Island) in Copenhagen.
From 30 June 2016 until 26 November 2017 the halls were transformed into an art space for changing exhibitions with some of the world’s most recognized contemporary artists – including Scandinavia’s first retrospective solo show with Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree Garden, video installations by Ragnar Kjartansson and Pierre Huyghe, Bill Viola’s latest large scale work; Inverted Birth, guitar-playing zebra finches by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, a time installation by Sarah Sze, Christian Marclay’s main piece The Clock, and during the summer of 2017 Anselm Kiefer filled CC with a huge installation consisting of lead airplanes and gigantic paintings – all specially created for CC.
CC’s pilot project at Papirøen has been a great success. CC has become the most visited art center in Denmark, with more than 100,000 visitors in just 18 months. The pilot project ended on 26 November as Papirøen will be vacated per. 1 January 2018 to accommodate new housing and a public swimming pool.
The ambition now, in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen and private foundations, is to establish a permanent international art center that will continue the success of the pilot project. Therefore, CC is now in the process of securing financial support to continue the institution and move to Refshaleøen in 2018.
With contemporary art a need has arisen for a new type of exhibition space that have room to show the bigger and more technically demanding art formats: large art installations of light, sound and motion, sculptural landscapes, performance and monumental video art on multiple screens. It is art that attracts large audiences at art institutions around the world, and which the current galleries and museums in Denmark can hardly accommodate. Over the past few decades, art institutions for this new art have opened in the large cities around the world; institutions like the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, BALTIC Art Center in Newcastle, Tate Modern in London, Hangar Biccoca in Milan and MoMA PS1 in New York, which CC draws inspiration from.
CC’s goal is to create such an up-to-date international center for the great art of the 21st century in the Danish capital.