With the exhibition, Prokofiev takes us into a long-standing conflict and war that has inadvertently become a condition of the life of the avowed dissident artist. The exhibition comes in the wake of Sergei Prokofiev's receipt of the Solo Prize at the Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg in 2022, which was accompanied by the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition in the Politikens Forhal.
The exhibition features a series of delicate three-dimensional sculptures depicting a group of fallen soldiers and a number of iconic buildings, including the historic façade of Mariupol's now bombed-out theatre and two terminals from Donetsk airport. Flashes of light from a video work stream from the interior of the exhibition space. Here we find ourselves in the midst of a violent darkness, a thunderstorm with powerful lightning bolts and distant bangs that set the scene for the entire exhibition.
In the exhibition text Sergei Prokofiev writes, among other things:
"On 24 February 2022, Russia began a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. Each of us hoped and assured ourselves that there would be no war. But the war has been going on day by day ever since that day. Almost a year has passed since the invasion, and the war has become our life, and for many, the war has become death."
Hell by Sergei Prokofiev can be seen from Friday 27 January at 12.00
For more information about the exhibition, contact exhibition manager Signe Cecilie Jochumsen
For more information on Sergei Prokofiev see: http://prokofiev.net/about-cv
Based on contemporary art, Politikens Forhal creates debate and contributes with new perspectives on our common present and future. Politikens Forhal is run as an independent exhibition space, independent of the media in JP/Politikens Hus. The hall is managed by exhibition director Signe Cecilie Jochumsen, who is assisted and advised by an internal art committee. Politikens Forhal and the Charlottenborg Foundation have initiated a three-year collaboration on an annual exhibition of the solo prize-winner from the Spring Exhibition ('21, '22 and '23) with the common desire to provide contemporary art in general and the prize-winning artist in particular with even better conditions to enter into direct dialogue with the surrounding society