16 February 2019

Jaunt to Jutland: ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

We spent a total of three nights in Aarhus, and since there was enough to see in the city, we spent one of those days just exploring the city. One of the things we did was check out the fancy art museum in town, the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. This museum was actually established in 1859, and is one of the oldest art museums in Denmark. It is also the second most-visited museum in the country.



Perhaps the most noticeable feature of this museum is the multi-coloured walkway installed at the roof. This is an art installation, entitled Your rainbow panorama, by Ólafur Elíasson, an artist known for installations that involve light, water, and air temperature. You can walk through the circular pathway and view the Aarhus skyline through coloured glass panels. It's actually quite cool.



The permanent and the temporary exhibitions were quite captivating, and I must say I enjoyed my visit very much. I especially liked the fact that the modern and contemporary art pieces had enough explanations accompanying them, since these tend to be rather inaccessible (e.g. why is a real Lamborghini with scratched surfaces considered art?). So even though I might not agree with some of these artistic concepts, at least there was an effort to explain why at least one person in this world thought that it would be art.

Overall I had fun. It was an intellectual experience, and it might not be for everyone, but for art lovers I definitely recommend it.

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