H. Håkansson. One Hundred and One Pieces of a Tree
The exhibition "Henrik Håkansson. One Hundred and One Pieces of a Tree (Norwegian Wood)" will open at KODE 15 November 2019.
This winter, KODE present a site-specific work by Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson (b. 1968). The work is is literally rooted in the nature of Bergen.
The main element of the installation One Hundred and One Pieces of a Tree (Norwegian Wood is a tree – a dead alder, that the artist himself has selected from Isdalen located in the Bergen area. The tree and its roots have been dried out and then dissected into a hundred and one different pieces.
Throughout his long career, Håkansson has worked with trees, plants, earth and insects — thereby blurring the dividing line between the exhibition space and nature. He has released the song of a Skylark as free records on vinyl, generated projects on wind tunnels for birds, and made paintings out of mosquitoes colliding with the canvas. By allowing nature to play the leading role, juxtaposing the viewer and nature, Håkansson’s work creates unexpected and disquieting results.
Håkansson makes use of methods that often resemble the systematic nature observations used in scientific disciplines, such as dissection and close-up images, while simultaneously emphasising both order and disorder. He addresses our complex relationship to nature, not only in relation to ethics and ecology, but also how nature has been defined by art and science in past centuries.
Håkansson has a long international career extending back to the mid-1990s.
He has participated in the Sydney Biennial (2014), the Berlin Biennale (2001), twice in the Venice Biennale (1997, 2003), and had solo exhibitions at De Appel in Amsterdam (2003), Lunds konsthall (2012), Kunsthalle Basel (1999) and Moderna Museet (2003), to name just a few.
15 Nov 2019 to 12 Apr 2020
- Kode 4
- 130 / 90 / 0 *
* Adults: NOK 130, Students: NOK 90, Bergen Card: NOK 90, Free admission for children and KODE members. The ticket gives admission to all exhibitions at KODE for two days