Giant Fundamentalism-sculpture exhibited
Invitation to opening exhibition of the art installation ‘Fundamentalism’
Probably the world’s largest art manifestation within the subject
100.000s of working hours, tons of materials and 600 quotes
Terror in Paris emphasize necessity of the dialogue project
5. Vernissage at Art
Centre Silkeborg Bad
Dialogue at exhibition
hereby invite you to attend the opening exhibition of
the art installation ‘Fundamentalism’. This monumental sculpture is a part
of the art project The Children of Abraham which focuses on the
monotheistic dogmas. It is with great pleasure (and a lot of pride) that we
prepare to open the project’s first full exhibition at Art Centre Silkeborg
Bad in Denmark. The inauguration happens this Saturday, January 17. We know
that you live far away and probably cannot make it. But you still deserve
an invitation. :-)
art project must be one of the world’s largest art manifestations to stage religious interconnectedness and religious fundamentalism
and extremism. With it, we hope to start a constructive, inclusive dialogue
on the subject. See introduction mail.
work of realizing this huge project
has been an immense achievement. The initiator of the project is the Danish
artist Jens Galschiot. He and a large number of employees and volunteers
have literally spent hundreds of thousands of working hours on the project.
5 tons of copper have been used for the sculptures, along with 10 tons of
steel, 3 tons of wax, 8.000 wax books (molded into Bibles, Torahs and
Qurans), 1 full kilometer of rolled copper plates, 6.000 rivets and 75 flat
screens with minicomputers. In addition to building the sculptures, 2 years
have been spent on finding 300 of the brightest and 300 of the darkest quotes from the Torah, the Bible and the Quran.
terrorist attack in Paris has, sadly, made both the
sculpture and dialogue project even more relevant. With this project, the
artist starts a difficult and very sensitive discussion about religious
fundamentalism. Focusing on how similar the religions really are, for
better or worse, he opens up for a dialogue and bridge-building-process
that he believes is so badly needed.
artist Jens Galschiot has thought the project through thoroughly as for whether his sculpture 'Fundamentalism' could
provide a basis for violent reactions. But the core of the project is very
balanced. It focuses on Judaism, Christianity and Islam and argues that all
three religions essentially contain the same dark and bright sides. And
that one can build a very benevolent society as well as a totalitarian
regime, from all the three religions.
relation to the terrorist attack,
Galschiot has sent out this press release and he is not in doubt that he shall carry out the project as planned, it has only become more needed.
weekend the sculpture was erected at Art Centre
Silkeborg Bad in Denmark. It took 8 men, a woman, two huge trucks, a
manitou and a truck three days to carry out the work. You can see the
result on the photo above and the photos on the web We are very pleased with the result and the heavy letters
could just fit into the splendid panorama hall of the Art Centre. It's
great to see the sculpture erected. Despite its colossal dimensions it
almost seems to float, and inside the circle is a Zen-like tranquility.
number of initiatives are made to strengthen the dialogue without directly involving the sculpture Fundamentalism. In this way
the broader public can participate too.
around the exhibition
- 6 minor-sculptures Pillars of Scriptures have been placed in schools and libraries in
the provincial town of Silkeborg in Denmark, to nurrish the dialogue
outside Art Centre Silkeborg Bad.
- At the Art Gallery, dialogue rooms are
established. Here you find educational
material, literature and interactive activities.
- Prejudice-quote-quiz. On the online quiz, one has to guess from
which of the 3 books various quotes originate. By collecting points it
is possible to win a copper book from the sculpture.
- All 600 quotes are presented digitally in 8 different languages. They are divided
into subjects like ‘clothing’, ‘slaves’ and ‘women’.
- A screen saver with the brightest and darkest quotations
from the sculpture can be downloaded for free.
the exhibition at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad the project will start a tour to different locations, probably starting with Luxemburg Square by
the EU parliament in Brussels. There are still some openings in the program
so do take contact if you want us to exhibit in your country.
the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +45 6618 4058 (or +45
of communications Lasse Markus
Invitation to the opening
exhibition of the sculpture installation ‘Fundamentalism’
Saturday January 17th, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad opens the exhibition of the largest known art
manifestation focusing on religious interconnectedness and Fundamentalism.
giant sculpture Fundamentalism is made by Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot and is
a part of his art and dialogue project The Children of Abraham.
taken 5 years to
construct the sculpture and we would be honored to see you, with
companion to this large event.
- 11:00am The
Sculptor Jens Galschiot introduces the work
Sculptor Jens Galschiot introduces the work
- 2:00pm Opening speech by Bishop Henrik Stubkjaer
The band HUDNA plays world music (three
different cultures, religions and musical cultures merge. The group
won the award for ‘best world track’ at the Danish Music Awards in
2013 and 2014).
- 6:00pm The Art Centre closes.
Art Centre Silkeborg Bad and artist Jens Galschiot.
About The Art Exhibition
Concept description, Photos,
Info about the art and
dialogue project The Children of Abraham
Art Centre Silkeborg Bad - Denmark
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm - 4 pm.
Sundays and bank holidays 11am - 5pm.
8600 Silkeborg, Gjessoevej 40 ph: 8681 6329
The exhibition can be seen until April 19th
Info about Fundamentalism & The Children of Abraham
See introduction-mail about the art- and dialogue project The Children of Abraham
Introduction movie about the sculpture and project. 16 minutes
Contact to The Children of Abraham.
Chief of communication Lasse Markus 6618
4058/mobile 6170 3083
General information about Galschiot
This mail has been sent from the sculptor Jens
5270 Odense N
Tel : (+45) 6618 4058
Fax:(+45) 6618 4158
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