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What happens when the functional design object meets art? 18 trend-setting international and national artists and designers will be presenting their perceptions on this question when they occupy Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in April.

It is with great pleasure that Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art is opening it's doors on Friday 8 April, to the exhibition OVERLAP with a list of participants of great international standing. One of Denmark's very significant and international designers Louise Campbell, who has received the Finn Juhl Award and the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, will be showing an entirely new work created especially for the exhibition. The German artist Tobias Rehberger and the Spanish artist duo Bestué/Vives, all of whom participated in the Venice Biennial in 2009, will be contributing to the exhibition with works, which have not been exhibited in Denmark before. The recognised designer Jürgen Bey, one of the first designers behind the ground-breaking Dutch design company Droog, will show two works at the exhibition. In addition the Danish visual artist FOS will be participating. He is especially known for introducing the concept Social Design and for art projects, which often involve creating new social spaces through design, architecture and aesthetic events.

The participating artists and designers share the desire to challenge and overstep each other's artistic domains and experiment in a CROSS-OVER FIELD where it is no longer possible or relevant to categorize and define the objects. Thus the exhibition presents artists whose works have a close connection to commercial mechanisms and designers who produce objects, which are far from the saleable, iconic and functional object. Recognisable everyday objects lose their original function and sculptural and aesthetic qualities are added. There is a conceptual expansion of concepts in whichhumour, irony and play are elements that seem to characterize the works. Like when the Swedish artist Michael Johansson systemizes and organizes recognisable objects from our daily life and adapts them to the exhibition space in the form of colourful installation sculptures. And when the French designer Sebastian Wierinck builds an untamed bench made of drain pipes. The Danish visual artist Michael Mørk has been invited to create a visual setting that connects the individual works to the building's architecture, which will be a significant part of the exhibition's complete expression.

Participating designers and artists: Maarten Baas, Bestué / Vives, Studio Makkink & Bey, Louise Campbell, FOS, Martino Gamper, Niek van der Heijden, Michael Johansson, Krüger & Pardeller, Axel Lieber, Rita McBride, Tobias Rehberger, Karen Ryan, David Svensson, Usin-e: Amaury Poudray & Rémi Bouhaniche and Sebastien Wierinck.

Visual artist Jørgen Carlo Larsen and designer Ditte Hammerstrøm are curating OVERLAP, and the exhibition will show a notable manifestation of new trends within the fields of art and design.

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OVERLAP – an exhibition on art and design
Kuratoren: Jorgen Carlo Larsen, Ditte Hammerstrom

Künstler: Maarten Baas, David Bestue / Marc Vives, Studio Makkink & Bey, Louise Campbell, FOS , Martino Gamper, Niek van der Heijden, Michael Johansson, Doris Krüger & Walter Pardeller, Axel Lieber, Rita McBride, Tobias Rehberger, Karen Ryan, David Svensson, Usin-e: Amaury Poudray & Remi Bouhaniche, Sebastien Wierinck