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Pilvi Takala: On Discomfort

11.07.23 - 04.02.24

On the museum’s 1st and 2nd floor we present the solo exhibition On Discomfort by the Finnish artist Pilvi Takala. The exhibition includes the multi-channel installation Close Watch presented at the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2022, now showing for the first time in Denmark

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Realistic Utopias


KØS presents Realistic Utopias, a group exhibition dedicated to investigating and presenting art projects from all over the world that at first glance have an utopian and unrealistic vision.

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AN ENRAPTURED YEAR - a project space by Olga Ravn

06.05.22 - 07.05.23

KØS presented the project space AN ENRAPTURED YEAR by the Danish author Olga Ravn. A project space that embodied a year of plant life, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience what a circular concept of time could look like.

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THE PUBLIC MOMENT is the first exhibition in a series of PUBLIC ART SCREENINGS, in which KØS presents video works and documentaries about some of the most influential and innovative international public art projects of the recent decades.

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Hummings - An exhibition of art in public domain in Køge


Do stones feel sorrow? Do they hum? They did in Hummings, the KØS exhibition that took over the city of Køge and its surrounding landscape in the summer of 2021.

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MONSTER SOUP – A Heady Brew of Art Projects in Public Spaces


KØS proudly presents the exhibition MONSTER SOUP – A Heady Brew of Art Projects in Public Spaces zooming in on artists who have recently taken the leap into working in public space.

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26.05.2020 - 31.01.2021

This spring, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces presents GORDON MATTA-CLARK: UNRAVEL THE UNFOUND, an exhibition focusing on the important contribution of Gordon Matta-Clark to rethink architecture and urban space. Best known for his monumental cuts, holes, apertures, and excisions to the facades of derelict homes and abandoned buildings, Matta-Clark’s work provides a potent critique of architecture’s role within the capitalist system.

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October 11 - February 23

Lasse Krog Møller (DK) intervenes in the KØS collection

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April 12th – September 15th, 2019

Spring 2019 saw a collection of projects by leading world artists at KØS, projects that during the past decade have moved the boundaries of what public art can do, shown how radically it has changed, and revealed the new and surprising forms it can take. The latest developments in the field include a floating island nation, marathon moving murals, a hundred-year-old book project, social urban planning, the live transmission of ocean light, and a fictional history of swarming Zeppelins.

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From 13 September 2018 - 24 March 2019

We travel as never before, but on radically different terms. With the exhibition project TRANSIT, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces investigates transit sites – currently among the most controversial and crowded public spaces of contemporary society – and the many different kinds of travellers using them. Experience art at train stations and on the E line, a major international exhibition at KØS, plus public debates and a special edition of the newspaper Information. See more at www.itransit.dk.

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Transformations in Plaster

Until August 26 2018

Porous and malleable. Snow-white or yellowing. Celebrated, yet mostly hidden away. Plaster takes centre stage in a new exhibition at KØS: Transformations in Plaster. Here, KØS brings this much-loved, yet also oft-ignored material to light, demonstrating the sheer versatility of plaster as a vehicle for monumental works, artistic processes and experimentation.

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What does art do at hospitals?

9 September 2017 – 1 April 2018

Art is being created for Danish hospitals like never before. But what difference does art make in hospitals? Can it distract or even heal patients? How insistent or subtle should it be? Now you can view 23 contemporary art projects from hospitals in Denmark and abroad in the research-based exhibition. KØS has also entered into a unique collaboration with a sociologist to interview 600 patients, relatives and healthcare staff about how they perceive the art they find in hospitals.

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Han beskåret

15 Favourites from the Collection

Until August 2017

Visitors can enjoy a strong selection of works from the museum’s huge collection, which encompasses more than 18,000 sketches, designs, and models for art in public spaces.

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A Kassen bronzeskulptur

A Kassen: Instant Sculpture

Until August 20 2017

See the proces behind A Kassen’s bronze sculpture Bronze Pour (Køge Harbour) for the square in front of KØS.

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In your heart │In your city

5 March - 4 September 2016

The exhibition In your heart │In your city presented a range of brand-new works of four Japanese contemporary artists – Chiharu Shiota, Yukihiro Taguchi, Takafumi Hara and Tatsumi Orimoto. Being one of the most comprehensive and ambitious projects ever presented at the museum, the exhibition took place both outdoors in the public space in front of the museum as well as inside on two floors.

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Power Memory People - Memorials of today

6 September 2014 – 22 February 2015

At KØS we now present the first large-scale exhibition on memorials ever seen in Denmark.

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New Acquisitions at KØS

28 September 2013

The exhibition shows a selection of the many sketches, studies, and models for art projects in the public space acquired by the museum from 2007 onwards.

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Wang Qingsong: Follow You

15 March - 3 August 2014

A giant art installation spanning 400 m2 and five huge photographic works about school systems, change, and the future by one of the greatest contemporary artists working in China today, Wang Qingsongis currently at diaplay at KØS

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Niels Larsen Stevns - Battle Painting

28 September 2013 - 23 February 2014

For the Hjørring project the artist executed two series, each comprising three paintings. Their subject matter was scenes from Danish history: The 16th century Count’s Feud and the 17th century Dano-Swedish Wars. Both series were to feature a local person – a “Vendelbo” – as the main protagonist. The first series featured Skipper Clement, the second Lars Dyrskjøt.

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Wall Hedge Fence

4 May - 15 September 2013

At this exhibition Wall Hedge Fence three artists allow visitors to experience the wall, the
hedge, and the fence performing new and alternative functions.

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Kasper Heiberg – A Pioneer of Colour

16 March - 8 September 2013

Kasper Heiberg was a 20th century pioneer within the realm of site-specific art. He fought idealistically fuelled battle to bring art back to the people, back into every day life and to enrich urban spaces with a variation of form and colour that he saw as entirely necessary.

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Give us today… When art goes to church

11 October 2012 - 24 February 2013

This exhibition – staged at KØS and in selected churches throughout the country – represents the first-ever total overview of the many new and groundbreaking examples of ecclesiastical art that have appeared in Denmark in recent decades.

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Bjørn Nørgaard and the Reformation

From 21 February 2012

The exhibition, “Bjørn Nørgaard and Reformation”, shows KØS many never before seen sketches for Nørgaards tapestries on the Reformation.

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Wanna Play!

February 21 - August 26 2012

Wanna Play! combines a retrospective view of a fine and original tradition within Danish art – art playgrounds in the public space – with an experimental approach to exhibition practices, specifically in the form of a giant indoor playground created by six artists in the museum’s top floor.

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HuskMitNavn - From workshop to artwork

2 February - 16 September 2012

The artist HuskMitNavn has moved his workshop to KØS for a period. With him he has brought 10 years of production to the street and gallery, an extensive collection of process photos, sketches and sketchbooks, which has never been shown before and that gives a rare glimpse behind the curtain.

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Art at Work

11 September 2011 - 22 January 2012

What difference does art at your workplace make?

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Walk This Way

7 May - 18 September 2011

The first exhibition in Denmark to present the all-new street art currently sweeping through major cities across the world.

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The Fighting on the Wall - Mexican Murals

27 March – 14 August 2011

At KØS Museum of art in public spaces we focus on an important era within the history of public art with the exhibition The Fighting on the Wall.

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