Simone Aaberg Kærn Born 1969 (DK)


1995-1997 Goldsmith’s College of Fine Arts. London, England.
1993-1999 MFA The Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Smiling in a War Zone” Installation by Simone Aaberg Kærn at the National Gallery fo Denmark 2021 to November 21. th 2021. Airplane, modified rundway markings, banners and videoinstallatio on 6 monitors.

Selected Exhibitions:

2023 “Tower of Wind” Ofelia Plads Copenhagen, UNESCO World Congress of Architects 2023 

2023 “Burning Sky” Nordic Contemporary Arts Center Xiamen, Fujian China.

2022 “Udlængsel” Site specific 3D video installation, Gammel Havn, Fredericia.

2021 “After the Silence” The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen.

2019 Solo “Sisters – Holding Up Half The Sky” -The Danish Cultural Center, Beijing CH

2018 ”WAR and Masculinity” – The Louisiana Museum DK Curated by Tine Colstrup. 

2018 “Batalje / Skirmish” Krigsmuseet, Nationalmuseet Tøjhuset, Denmark.
2017 “Batalje / Skirmish” (solo) KUNSTEN. Ålborg contemporary art museum, Denmark.
2017 “Between us” Lviv National Art Gallery i Ukraine.
2016 “The Dream of Flying” BRANDTS. Odense, Denmark.
2016 “Farlig Fin Flyvning” (solo), Vejle Kunstmuseum.
2016  “Batalje / Skirmish” (solo) Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Copenhagen, Denmark
2016  “Da Vinci Engineered”. Hull, England.
2016 “Point of Contact” with dansk Folke Kunst, Rondella gallery, Hungary.
2013  “Open Sky” (solo) Danmarks Tekniske Museum. Helsingør, Denmark.
2012  “Krig i Kunsten” (solo) Det Nationalhistoriske Museum Frederiksborg slot, Denmark.
2012  “It’s Complex” Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts Auckland, New Zealand.
2010  “Seize The Sky” (solo) San Diego University Gallery, USA.
2008  “Open Sky” (solo) ARoS, Aarhus, Denmark.
2008  Kunstmuseum Thun (solo), Schweiz.
2007  “IS THIS FICTION”, Istanbul Modern 5th Videoprogram, Turkey.
2006  Retrospektiv (solo) Malmö Konsthall, Sweeden.
1999  48th international Venice Biennale, Italy.
1997  “New Art from Denmark and Scania” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Humlebæk, Denmark.

“Smiling in a War Zone” SImone Aaberg Kærns Performance photo is the face of the exhibition After The Silence at The National Gallery of Denmark. With the exhibition After the Silence – women of art speak out, SMK sheds new light on a range of women artists who delve unflinchingly into major political themes of the past and present.
Here you will find melting letters and monumental tapestries, video works, installations, paintings, prints, clay tablets – and not least a hovering airplane. A total of 130 artworks by 18 acclaimed Danish and international artists are on display. The works span the period from the 1920s to the present day and the featured artists artists are Käthe Kollwitz, Hannah Höch, Hannah Ryggen, Nancy Spero, Paula Rego, Dea Trier Mørch, Kirsten Christensen, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, Kirsten Justesen, Lene Adler Petersen, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Shirin Neshat, Pia Arke, Simone Aaberg Kærn, Jeannette Ehlers, La Vaughn Belle, and Tabita Rezaire.
Above: a microglobal performance #1 (detail), Concept: © Simone Aaberg Kærn. Photo: Magnus Bejmar.