Yoko Ono: I Love U (add color painting)


Special exhibition gallery
27. march – 12. september
Curated by Pernille Taagaard Dinesen and Lise Mortensen

Desire. Romance. Power. Sex. Pain. Passion. Hate. The full spectrum of human emotions is in evidence at a unique exhibition where 39 international artists highlight the strongest emotion known to man: love.

For the first time ever, a Danish art museum investigates the multi-faceted nuances of love. Set against three kilometres of textiles, the ‘I LOVE YOU’ exhibition is a powerful sensual and aesthetic journey into the world of love, featuring the work of 39 international artists, including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger, Pipilotti Rist and Rebecca Horn.

Love has always been the preserve of the artist. Whereas studies of romance and eroticism in earlier times were often clandestine, art from the mid-20th century has increasingly painted a more nuanced picture of human relationships, questioning the very concept of love.

Featuring a diverse range of video, sculpture, installation art, paintings and photography, the exhibition visualises the multi-faceted nature of love, as seen through the eyes of 40 international artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The majority of the works are contemporary, however. Common to all the artists is that their work touches on the complexities of love, unravelling the entire spectrum of human emotions, from the giddiness of new-found love to everyday trivialities and suppressed forbidden love. ’I LOVE YOU’ compares myriad artistic impressions, showing that love and hate, fascination and revulsion are constant companions.

By virtue of an exclusive collaboration with Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of modern innovative textiles, ARoS has succeeded in creating a unique setting for the ‘I LOVE YOU’ exhibition. The exhibition’s architectural whole, with its numerous sensual rooms, nooks and crannies, has been created by the renowned Danish architect Dorte Mandrup. With the multi-faceted nature of love in mind, she has fused Kvadrat’s textiles with ARoS’ magnificent architecture to create the perfect setting for the sensually powerful and aesthetic journey that is ‘I LOVE YOU’. The exhibition is thus an innovative and absorbing experience where art, architecture as well as staging come together to create a sensual journey into love’s innumerable perspectives.

The many faces of love are depicted by the following artists from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South Africa:

Auguste Rodin (France), Pablo Picasso (Spain), Damien Hirst (England), Jeff Koons (USA), Nan Goldin (USA), Barbara Kruger (USA), Louise Bourgeois (France), Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland), Rebecca Horn (Germany), Stephan Huber (Germany), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), Sophie Calle (France), Jesper Just (Denmark), Michael Kvium (Denmark), Yoko Ono (Japan), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (Denmark), Wilhelm Freddie (Denmark), Isaac Julien (England), Jenny Holzer (USA), Yigal Ozeri (Israel), Pierre & Gilles (France), Tracey Emin (England), Candice Breitz (South Africa), Trine Søndergaard + Nicolai Howalt (Denmark), Nina Berman (USA), Bjørn Nørgaard (Denmark), Claudius Marioton (France), Anna Jermolaewa (Russia), Johannes Hammel (Switzerland), Ghada Amer (Egypt), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Elodie Pong (USA), Nobuyoshi Araki (Japan), Liao Yibai (China), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (Cuba) and Paul Chan (China), Yue Minjun (China) and Tracey Moffatt (Australia).

ARoS has published a colourful exhibition catalogue highlighting the exhibited works together with a feature essay by PhD Tine Engel Mogensen, focusing on the historical perspective of love and relationships based on love in the 21st century. The organisers of the ‘I LOVE YOU’ exhibition are museum curators Lise Mortensen and Pernille Taagaard Dinesen, ARoS.

By train: A 10 minute walk from the train station.
By bus: A 10 minute walk from the main bus station, but plenty of citybus stops are also located along the streets near the museum.
By plane: The airport bus stops at the trainstation and at the Scandinavian Center, which is located next to ARoS Aarhus Museum of Modern Art.


Please refer to the roadmap linked above, for driving instructions.

Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-17.00
Wednesday: 10.00-22.00.
Closed on Mondays.

Admission fee:
Adults: 12 €
Children under 18 years: Free of charge
Senior citizens: 10 €
Students: 10 €
Group rate + 20 persons: 10 €

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