SMK Fridays at the National Gallery of Denmark is always a pleasure to visit.
On selected Fridays the museum opens the doors to an informal let’s-grab-a-drink-after-work-meetup. Always with free entry and a challenge to the brain. A goodie for findfun4free 🙂
SMK Fridays usually has a theme. Last Friday night it was baroque – and what goes with it:
One theme in baroque painting is the so-called #stilleben. This is a subject filled with symbols of life and death, often shown with objects such as food or flowers with no human faces. However, this nights’ #stilleben workshop was a bit more social media-friendly as you could put your face in the middle of all the symbols. I saw this couple having a lot of fun photographing each other on the spot.
Since these are also the days of the FROST festival, SMK Fridays has teamed up with a few musical acts. Music meets art on a frosty winter-date.
The soundtrack to this spectacular view was somewhere in the sweet pop 80s-tunes. But only for a moment … as I was lingering new sounds constantly tried to seduce my ears.
Concerts at unusual spots has been the trademark of FROST festival during the past couple of years. That is why there had to be a concert (or rather a concert installation) somewhere around here … Yes, I found it in the Contemporary Art Department.
We Like We performed to all senses, all white-faced and with a skillful edgy walking on the thin line that separates music from art.
“Your comfort is destroying my comfort,” reads a flag from the exhibition on the wall next to the performance. Sure, limits are broken down and new comfort zones entered tonight. Time to grab the parachute for the next performance.
I ended the night with an old favourite of mine; Jomi Massage. The lady is no stranger when it comes to mixing performance art and music, and this night her audience had value for money. Or did they?
Entry is free and so is your mind – if you set it free. As Jomi Massage unpacks on the floor, audience gathers to watch her perform something, which can best be described as “death by yoga”, before she starts to sand small wooden pieces – one by one – to build a castle with them. In truth a challenge to patience, to the artist as well as her puzzled audience, who shared beautiful music within the hour and a half the performance lasted.
What will be the end of this? Well, your guess is as good as mine, while we are getting ready to be surprised once more by the next SMK Friday.
It will be the 6th of March, and the theme is “home”. You are welcome to bring your slippers and newspaper. Stay cosy 🙂