Do you want to see life in pink? Blue? Or maybe almost like in a parallel universe? Then ARoS Museum is the place you will want to visit!
The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum is an art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. ARoS is regarded as one of the largest art museums in northern Europe, 10 stories high, with a total of 17,000 m². The museum opened on 8 April 2004. Construction was started by the Danish architect Schmidt Hammer Lassen, winner of the design competition in 1997. The name ARoS is the Old Danish name for the city Aarhus and the capitalized letters of the name hint at the Latin word for art, ars.
The museum is divided into three different permanent collections: The Danish “Golden Age” (1770–1900), Danish Modernism (1900–1960) and Contemporary Art.
It also includes “The 9 Spaces”, a gallery in progress of installation art where one or two rooms are done each year . Gallery 9 refers to Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” and the 9 circles of hell. The rooms are painted black to contrast with the bright white exterior. The roof terrace substitutes the divine light you enter from hell. The whole museum is part of the travel from hell to heaven, and the movement is emphasised by the grand spiral staircase in the main museum.
ARoS has featured some prominent, changing exhibitions that have been inspired, curated or created by the likes of Ólafur Elíasson, Bjørn Nørgaard, Ingvar Cronhammar, architect Frank Gehry, Paul McCarthy, Robert Rauschenberg, Michael Kvium, H.C. Andersen, Bill Viola and Wim Wenders. The first of these exhibitions presented a series of main works by pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. As with many other modern art galleries and museums, ARoS also pays great tribute to architects and their works, having hosted several architecturally themed exhibitions.
The museum roof is home to the installation “Your rainbow panorama”, by Ólafur Elíasson. This circular skywalk has windows in the colours of the rainbow, showing the panorama of Aarhus in different colours, depending on location of the viewer. The panorama is spectacular and gets an overview of the city from all perspectives. The vibrant colours of the rainbow make visitors come again and again for that magical experience. The installation was sponsored by the Realdania foundation and inaugurated on May 28, 2011.
For more information, and for a really great artistic experience, visit ARoS Museum and their official website. http://www.aros.dk
Picture courtesy of Adina Helen Florescu