24 June – 3 September 2017
‘Arcades’ at Viborg Kunsthal
Troika's installation ‘Arcades’ is featured in ‘Corridor III: Valdemar Daa’ at Viborg Kunsthal, opening June 2017. The exhibition explores various forms of alchemy mysticism and belief which still prevail over scientific knowledge, through the framework of historical figure Valdemar Daa.
Around 1660, the Danish alchemist Valdemar Daa - while depleting his family fortune in its pursuit - was convinced that he found the philosopher’s stone. Shortly after, so the story goes, the glass containing the precious liquid ruptured and smashed. He was never able to prove his discovery. The philosopher’s stone is one of the most sought-after treasures in the world of alchemy. Over hundreds of years, alchemists from the Arabic countries through to East Asia and Europe have tried to create the magical mixture said to prolong life and transform impure material into pure.
‘Corridor III: Valdemar Daa’ invites visitors to enter into a mindset where different kinds of mystical knowledge and beliefs pervaded over today’s version of science. They will be taken on a journey through the mysteries of alchemy, the human faith in the potential for natural materials to hold treasures of incredible power, and one person’s obsessive search for the seemingly impossible.
The exhibition is curated by Berlin based curatorial initiative insitu. insitu consists of Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr, Gilles Neiens and Lauren Reid, who run a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art.
Artists include: Kitty Kraus, Alicja Kwade, Helene Hellmich, huber.huber, Elsa Salonen, Nika Fontaine, Scene Everything, Troika, Virginie Yassef