Henrik Håkansson


Auditorium Rainier III

Horaire : 29th April 2016 – 21:30 – 22:00

Duration:30 minutes

With courtesy of the artist and Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

The work of Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson involves the meticulous observation of nature. Frequently making use of film or other recording techniques, he transforms the view of rare birds or ordinary insects in an instant with extraordinary dramatic intensity, playing on the language of conceptual and minimalist art.

Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson’s artistic work revolves around the idea of observing nature. Often using film or other recording devices, he transforms the sight of rare birds or ordinary insects into a dramatic, exceptional moment, playing on the language of conceptual and minimal art. For his project THE END, Håkansson collaborates with members of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Jessica Cottis, and improvisational drummer Mark Sanders, to perform a piece of music written by British composer John Coxon. The ensemble plays a live score to a short film shot by the artist, playing on themes of death, tragedy – and comedy.


Born in 1968, Henrik Håkansson is a Swedish artist who lives in Berlin. A true naturalist, he has been able to transfer his fascination with nature to the art world becoming, over time, an accomplished amateur. His work presents the minute details of nature at an oversized scale. In his projects, Håkansson combines the points of view of a biologist, an ethnologist and an artist, much as the explorers of the nineteenth century did.

His solo exhibitions include: Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico (2008); Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, England (2009); Fiac-Hors Les Murs aux Jardins Des Plantes, la Foire international d’Art Contemporain (Fiac), Paris (2011); The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow (2011); Parcours, Art Basel (2012); Swedish Institute, Paris (2015); Kunstverein Freiburg, 2016.


Born in 1979, Jessica Cottis is an Anglo-Australian conductor who has already led the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. John Coxon is an improvising guitarist, a central figure in London’s music scene through his group Spring Heel Jack and his multiple collaborations with Evan Parker and Spiritualized. Mark Sanders is a drummer who is equally well-versed in improvisation. His collaborations include work with artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Otomo Yoshihide, Peter Brötzmann, Christian Marclay and John Zorn.