Frac Centre

Atelier Calder

Open Space






Kristoffer Akselbo



Kenneth A. Balfelt

Nina Beier

Emilie Bergrem

Kaspar Bonnén

Cirque d`Enba de Lyon

Cocktail Designers

Søren Engsted

Fanfare les Talku` Freaks

Thilo Frank

Max Frey

Jeppe Hein

Institut d`Arts Visuels d`Orléans

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen

Finn Janning

Jacob Dahl Jürgensen

Annette Kelm

John Kørner

Jason Kraus

Claus Larsen

Let me show you the world

Mads Lindberg

Florian Neufeldt

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Michael Sailstorfer

Tomas Saraceno

Tove Storch

Kristian Sverdrup

Koki Tanaka

Henrik Vibskov

Ulrik Weck

Jordan Wolfson


Satan Mirrors 2003
Mirrors, wood, light bulbs
2 mirrors, each: 230 x 55 x 15 cm

Trapeez 2003
Steel, firecrackers
200 x 120 x 30 cm

Spectacle Tent 2005
Cotton, wood
360 x 440 x 440 cm

Orgone Receptor 2009
Wood, metal
96 x 190 x 90 cm

The yellow-and-black-striped tent, the golden trapeze and the diamond-shaped mirrors lined with colourful lamps are stage props we recognize from the class circus equipment storeroom. They are elements from Henrik Plenge Jakobsen’s total work of art, the Circus Pentium and Circus Portikus, complex installations in which the artist combines sculpture, video and performance. He deliberately employs forms, colours and symbols typical of the circus in order to create a surreal world of illusions and spectacles that can evoke joy and amazement but also shivers in the viewers. They are aware at every moment that the situation can suddenly turn from comedy to tragedy, from sensation to catastrophe, from seduction to repulsion. The tent promises a spectacle, and yet there is no entrance. The black mirrors twinkle with colours, yet their form makes the faces reflected in them appear in a diabolic light. The trapeze looks breathtaking, yet it is too fragile to support an artiste.
The circus can be understood as a precursor and the epitome of the modern entertainment industry. Its effect on today’s society and the resulting hunger for experiences are things Henrik Plenge Jakobsen questions critically in his installations.
His Orgone Receptor takes up this same theme on a different level, addressing the small degree of separation between esotericism, superstition and charlatanism. Can the small wooden box with a metal lid and a black hole inside, placed on jetsam in the shape of antlers, actually charge the atmosphere with energy or is it just another variation on taking our desire for mysticism literally?


* 1967 in Copenhagen
Lives and works in Copenhagen

Selected solo exhibitions

Gallerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris The Suburban, Oak Park, Chicago

Autonomus Acts, Glockengasse 22, Vienna

FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou

South London Gallery, London
The National Gallery of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
Galleria Maze, Torino
Michael Hall, Vienna

Selected group exhibitions

N'Importe quoi, Musée D'art Contemporain, Lyon

Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Château de Tokyo / Palais de Fontainebleau

New Economy, Artist Space, New York
Gaze.Space.Desire, Den frie udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen
The Freak Show, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lyon

Sudden Impact, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris
Bühne des lebens – Rhetorik des gefühls, Museum Lehnbachhaus, Munich
Populism, Stedjeliik Museum, Amsterdam

Hardcore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
The Straight or the Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London
At Your Own Risk, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt


Satan Mirrors




Spectacle Tent


Orgone Receptor