A talking pile of gravel. Red noses on dignified pictures of upstanding citizens. A car coming apart at the seams. Potatoes running wild... Things are all topsy-turvy and merry go round in this presentation of works from the museum collection called 'Dr. Metabolistys meets Cornelius Coot'.
Cheer up! In our Hall Gallery we invite you take a closer look – and thourougly enjoy – works of art that stem from one of the major paths taken by artists – not only in the 20th century and onwards – namely experimentation. This is a basic way of trying out alternatives to the familiar.
Objects are tested to see if they can be made to behave differently than they ordinarily do. Ideas, concepts and attitudes to see if they might be changed. Artists do this by showing the world in a different form than the usual one. What if …?
The absurdity demonstrated by the artists here is hilarious, but also critical. Like all parody, it’s a parody of something. Art speaks about the world, including when it turns the world upside down. Art also speaks about itself and its own occasional pretentiousness, with the wonderful excess inherent in someone taking on the task of showing how much meaning there can be in madness.
The title of the presentation ‘Dr. Metabolistys meets Cornelius Coot’ may sound sophisticated, but it doesn’t come out of the blue, of course. Dr. Metabolistys is a character created by the German artist Jonathan Meese. Cornelius Coot, as any good Donaldist knows, is the founder of Duckburg and a central character in the work of the American artist Alan Ruppersberg.
Works by both artists can be seen in this gallery along with experimental stuff by artists such as Hans Peter Feldmann, Sigurdur Gudmundsson and Erwin Wurm, the duo Fischli & Weiss and the couple Anna and Bernhard Blume.
The Augustinus Foundation, the New Carlsberg Foundation, Museumsfonden and Louisiana Fonden have among others supported art acquisitions to the Louisiana’s collection.