conceptual art

A Kassen /   Christian, Morten, Soren and Tommy

Denmark 2004

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Art, Conceptual Art, Photography

A Kassen
Christian, Morten, Soren and Tommy
April 4, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

A Kassen is the Copenhagen-based artistic collective composed of Christian Bretton-Meyer, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, Soren Petersen, and Tommy Petersen. Formed in 2004, A Kassen has a conceptual approach, which ranges from site-specific and performance-based installations to photography and sculpture.

A Kassen’s Exploration of Perception and Interpretation

Through singular combinations of different media and action, A Kassen explores the conditions of perception and interpretation as controlled by context and social conventions. By removing objects from their original and familiar location, modifying them and putting them into totally new and different contexts, they dislocate meanings in such a subtle and low-key manner that at first one hardly notices what is actually going on. The works are absurd, subtle and often very elegant due to their seamless adaptation to their context. In this sense, they form a critique of the institution and draw attention to how we act and navigate in a certain context.

A Kassen’s Concrete Floor

Their work probes the limits of what is and isn’t art, with frequent conceptual references to the 1960s. An example of this approach can be found in Concrete Floor, one of the collective’s most renowned pieces, where a young man sits through the entire duration of the exhibition, unable to move because his sneakers are stuck in the gallery floor. The action challenges us to discover the reason behind this random viewer’s immobility.
Discretely part of the exhibition space, actions are characteristic of A Kassen works. Sometimes so discrete, that they even don’t get noticed. But if they do get noticed, they contain strong elements of humor and surprise. Once in a while, A Kassen performs the actions themselves, but mostly they are performed by extras or even by monstrous machines built by A.Kassen.

Members of A Kassen live and work in Copenhagen and Berlin.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Naked photographerMaisterravalbuena galeria, Madrid, ESSolo
2015A Kassen Carnegie Art Award 2014National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, ISSolo
2015Percussive HunterAkbank Sanat, Istanbul, TURGroup
2015132, 54 m²Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, DEGroup
2014A Kassen Carnegie Art Award 2014Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, NOSolo
2014Paper WorksOfficin, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2014A Kassen Carnegie Art Award 2014Den Frie, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2014About Sculpture #4Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, DEGroup
2014La reference d'objet n'est pas definie a une instance d'objetGalerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, FGroup
2014Backward-ForwardNew Galerie, Paris, FGroup
2014Still waters run deepSkulptur Odense 2014, Odense, DK Group
2014BikubenUMOCA, Salt Lake City, US Group
2014Object MatterGalleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, DKGroup
2013A KassenNew York Gallery, New York, US Solo
2013BananasSkaftfell, Seydisfjordur, ISSolo
2013New worksGallery Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2013Central heating furniture - Ventilation slide projectionAnother Space, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2013Shapes in the makingLunds Kunsthal, Lund, SEGroup
2013Carnegie Art AwardThe Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, SEGroup
2013DisplayGalerie Hussenot, Paris, FGroup
2013Le peril vertZoo Galerie, Nantes, FGroup
2013The Democracy of ObjectsNettie Horn, London, UKGroup
2013Secret GardenGl Holtegard, Holte, DK Group
2012A KassenNettie Horn, London, UKSolo
2012A KassenMaisterravalbuena galeria, ES, Solo
2012The Color Of ThingsKling & Bang, Reykjavik Art Festival, Reykjavik, ISSolo
2012Bucharest BiennialBucharest, ROGroup
2012VerboGaleria Vermeleho, Sao Paulo, BR Group
2012Endless ScrollIMO, Copenhagen, DKGroup
2012Raw Material CompanyNew Galerie, Paris, FRGroup
2012Secret GardenGl Holtegard, Holte, DK Group
2012CentrefoldZabludowicz Collection, London, UKGroup
2012FacetimeOn Stellar Rays, New York, USGroup
2012Vores KunstMuseum of Art in Public Space, Koge, DKGroup
2011The Title is a Pile of LettersIMO, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2011Auto NivelantNew Galerie, Paris, FRSolo
2011Opus IncertumSorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, NOSolo
2011FacetimeIMO, Copenhagen, DKGroup
2011Fetiches criticos. Residuos de la economia generalMuseum of Mexico City, MXGroup
2011UnknownKunstpflug, Brück, DEGroup
2011La Vie Mode d'EmploiMeessen De Clercq, Brussels, BEGroup
2011I feel like I`m disappearing, getting smaller every day... West, The Hague, NLGroup
2011Make Yourself at homeRaw Material Company, Dakar, SNGroup
2009Heavens AboveMaisterravalbuena galeria, Madrid, ESSolo
2009Window to the WorldMUSAC, Leon, ESSolo
2008A KassenKirkhoff contemporary art, Copenhagen, DKSolo
200840 degrees +Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DKSolo
2007KBH KunsthalKrabbesholm, Skive, DenmarkSolo
2007SALON #1 - Dansk Kunst NU.Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Wir sind woandersWestwerk, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2007The Tent ShowNikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007BlingGalleri Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007RundgangCharlottenborg, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007EXITKunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
200721 dage - 21 arOvergaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Black and White ShowGallery Fung Sway, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006The Known and the UnknownGalleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup