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Darren Almond

THE MOON. From Inner Worlds to Outer Space (group show)
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
13 September 2018 - 20 January 2019

Darren Almond. Fullmoon @Yesnaby, 2007 © Darren Almond. Courtesy White Cube
Darren Almond. Fullmoon @Yesnaby, 2007 © Darren Almond. Courtesy White Cube

From painting to virtual reality, superstition to science, myths to missions, fantasies to space colonies, join Louisiana on a trip to the Moon—into space and into ourselves.

This large-scale exhibition at Louisiana highlights the role, the importance and the fascinating power of the Moon. The exhibition presents more than 200 works and objects—and show how the round white disc is reflected in our art and cultural history. From Galileo's moon map to Norman Foster's plans for 3D-printed moon bases.

The exhibition mixes art, film, music, literature, architecture, cultural history, design and natural science into a vibrant and diverse portrait of our closest neighbor in the sky. We encounter the Moon as a fundamental symbol and as a goal of romantic and artistic longings, scientific inquiry, existential issues—and the urge for political expansion.

With this exhibition, Louisiana commemorates the imminent 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the Moon and also calls attention to a strong and renewed interest in the Moon both in art and as a springboard for a new Space Race with all its strategic and economic implications.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek


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Darren Almond

Fly me to the Moon. The Moon landing: 50 years on (group show)
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
5 April - 30 June 2019

Darren Almond, Present Form: Ochd, 2013 © Darren Almond
Darren Almond, Present Form: Ochd, 2013 © Darren Almond

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing – an event that, like no other, transformed our relationship with the world and our environment. The view of Earth from space gave rise to a new awareness of the fragility of our existence, and the Blue Planet as ‘Spaceship Earth’ has come to symbolize life itself. The space race began in 1957 when the Russians launched their Sputnik satellite into orbit, sparking fear and anxiety in Western nations that led to the establishment of NASA in 1958. The USSR upped the ante in 1961, sending Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut, into space and returning him safely to Earth. This prompted J. F. Kennedy’s ambitious announcement of a project to land a man on the Moon before the decade was out.

Our exhibition is a journey through the history of artists’ engagement with the Moon, from the Romantic era to the present day. Divided into thematic sections, it focuses on topics such as lunar topography, moonlit night and the Moon’s shadow, ailments associated with the Moon, zero gravity and the Moon as mass media phenomenon.

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich