Arken Museum of Modern Art

My Music

07 Oct 2017 - 25 Mar 2018

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Worship, 2016. Courtesy Lisson Gallery
Feat. Lady Gaga, Candice Breitz, Elton John, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Pipilotti Rist, Beck, Marilyn Minter, Sam Taylor-Johnson et al.

7 October 2017 - 25 March 2018

Pop culture was in art, now art’s in pop culture, in me.
Lady Gaga

An audiovisual culture in explosive development. That is how one can describe the intersection of pop music and visual art that has been unfolding powerfully and creatively in recent years. When pop music and art meet in the exhibition My Music they do so in a sensory eruption of music video, video art, sculpture, painting and installation. Images and beats flow together.

Spectacular, catchy pop productions find inspiration in the rich tapestry of visual and film art, and video art is produced with captivating music tracks and seductive film images. Pop music and visual art are often one thing; they develop by virtue of each other’s creative and commercial modes of expression, and they come with sparkling, spunky and humorous comments on our society and the ideals in which we reflect ourselves.

Self-indulgence in modelling clay

When the Swedish video artist Nathalie Djurberg makes her sexualized plasticine figures slide lustfully over a gigantic banana and uninhibitedly indulge their own X-factor, it is a both seductive and wry comment on all the twerking, the cult of the body and ‘bling’ that wells forth from YouTube as a channel for the most watched and ‘liked’ pop music videos. Feminine and masculine identity. Sex, ego and ideals. Fan culture and consumerism. My Music overflows with the sensual, crazy and infectious glories of the audiovisual culture that typify the media images of the time across pop music and visual art.

Tags: Hans Berg, Candice Breitz, Nathalie Djurberg, Marilyn Minter, Pipilotti Rist