Nine Danish artists create works for First There Is A Mountain.
Look forward to magnificent sculptures, poetic installations, in-depth research, sensuous videos and breathtaking performances.
Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen
The artist duo Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen are pioneers of Danish video art. They focus sharply on the political dimensions of sand as a natural resource and in coastal protection. The duo creates a work in two parts: a 40 meter installation on the beach and a video work in Blåvandshuk Lighthouse.
At Denmark's most westerly point, where the waves hit the tip of Blåvandshuk, Kirstine Roepstorff exhibits a sculpture inspired by the Fresnel lens in Blåvandshuk Lighthouse. On a microscopic and macroscopic level, the sculpture connects us with the sand, the surroundings and the universe.
Kasper Hesselbjerg is known for his edible sculptures. For the exhibition, he invites curious guests to participate in a meditative, sensuous and thought-provoking dining situation with sand on the menu! The performance is created together with the gourmet restaurant Høfden 4, Hvidbjerg Strand.
In a subtle move, Kåre Frang juxtaposes the local area's recent past with an imminent, dystopian future in a large work on Blåvandshuk Beach. Here, toys and motifs that we know from childhood become objects that point to the fact that the world we know today will not last.
On Blåvandshuk Beach, Molly Haslunds puts on a monumental performance in collaboration with local performers - and by guests who feel like following in the artists' footsteps and walking towards eternity. Molly Haslund will perform her work for the opening of First There Is A Mountain on August 31. During September she will be performing every Sunday.
Before the North Sea, there was Doggerland. Rasmus Myrup's artwork for Blåvandshuk Beach is inspired by the history of the place and the secrets of the sand. It refers to the time when Europe and England were landlocked. The work is constructed in materials that, like time and sand, pass away and re-emerge.
In a scenographic installation on Blåvandshuk Beach, artist and researcher Rikke Luther look at sand as an element in nature's ecosystem. The work introduces us to the landscape, geographical, chemical and biological changes that occur when sand and mud are removed or added to land or water.
Spacegirls' contribution to the exhibition is a monumental architectural sculpture made of bioconcrete, which embeds place and material in each other. During the exhibition period, the work becomes a laboratory that visitors can activate in their own way or in connection with the exhibition's workshops.
Tue Greenfort's magnificent scenography activated our body and all senses in a large work on Blåvandshuk Beach. The installation is created from sand and seashells and integrates into the natural cycle of the site as part of the local ecosystem.
Blåvand's own artists
As part of Wadden Tide 2023, Blåvand city is bursting with art throughout the month of September 2023. A number of resident artists exhibit around the city, open up their studios, etc.
With her art projects, Agnete Brinch has achieved national and international recognition at several major and solo exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, including at Frederiksborg Castle, Karen Blixen Museum, Esbjerg Art Museum and Art Association GL STRAND.
Her atalier and gallery is located in Blåvand.
Peter Marius Truelsen
Peter Marius Truelsen has been an active artist since 1994. He has exhibited in both Denmark and Spain, where he has had his own gallery for 8 years.
Lene Søndergaard can be described as a spiritual multi-artist with a practice across, among other things, visual art, flowers, interior design, driftwood, glass art, jewellery, restoration of old things, photo art, food art.
Today she mainly paints abstract, non-figurative with mixed media, makes driftwood art, sculptures and some photography.
The Blåvand painter Karen Hestbech finds inspiration in Blåvand's nature. She paints both naturalistic and abstract painting with motifs of, among other things, animals, people, wild flowers and poppies.