When Struer Tracks kicks off, Museum of Contemporary Art – Western Branch will also open its doors to guests. The branch is the result of a collaboration between Struer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. In this new section at Struer Museum, guests can experience a selection of works from the large collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art works with the latest media within both Danish and international contemporary art, among which sound art, performance art, video art and net art, and they have all renewed the concept of art over the past decades.
The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1991 as the country’s first museum for contemporary art. The museum carries out research in Danish and international contemporary art, the mediation and conservation of the latest forms of art, and it holds a collection of Danish and international art.
In the header image, Jesper Bækgaard, Director at Struer Museum, is testing chair and control button in the new section at Struer Museum.
The western branch
The two museums agreed in late 2018 to collaborate on a western branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art. During spring and summer (2019), the plans for the new department fell into place. Now the work is almost done, and the employees at Struer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art look forward to the opening of the new branch.
Jesper Bækgaard, manager at Struer Museum, welcomes the collaboration.
“It was a coincidence that I heard about the Museum of Contemporary Art’s large collection of sound works, but from that point there was not a long way to the idea of giving our guests at the Universe of Sound exhibition access to the artistic use of sound. The Universe of Sound exhibition focuses mostly on the scientific and technical aspects of sound, but we really want to expand with sound in the social and artistic context. Fortunately, the Museum of Contemporary Art was willing to give Struer Museum’s guests access to part of their collection, through what we have chosen to call the Museum of Contemporary Art – Western Branch.”
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The sound pieces
In the Museum of Contemporary Art – Western Branch, the museum’s guests can experience 15 different sound works. Some in full length and others in excerpts. The 15 works have been selected to represent some of the diversity and depth found in the universe of sound art. Among the artists are Bill Fontana, Takehisa Kosugi, Yoko Ono and Albert Mertz.