This spring Gammel Holtegaard presents a solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Danish artist Jesper Just (b. 1974). Just is best known for his ambitious enigmatic films, borne by a perfected, aesthetic materiality. His film works are often shown in complex installations that involve the viewer physically – and emotionally. Just’s works share an intense interest in the complex realm that exists between the staged and controlled versus the uncontrollable and chance.
Just’s total installation at Gammel Holtegaard encompasses both the manor house and its garden. His exhibition is inspired by the history of the building, which can be traced back to the Danish Baroque and the design of Gammel Holtegaard by Court Architect Lauritz de Thurah. The Baroque gardens were landscaped as a Danish mini Versailles, complete with symmetrical axes and exotic fauna and flora.
The exhibition touches on the historical need of humankind to control and tame nature, whilst simultaneously exploring the consequences of this drive using contemporary technology.
The exhibition is the first in which Just works so explicitly and extensively with nature and the Anthropocene – a theme of significant contemporary interest and particular relevance in the context of an art institution like Gammel Holtegaard.
Image: Jesper Just. ‘Seminarium’, (2021). Still from videowork
2840 Holte, Denmark