No Man is an Island – The Satanic Verses

Sep 3, 2016 - Jan 7, 2018

Exhibition Overview

Tony Matelli, 'Fucked (Couple),' 2005

Boy in cramped conditions, Bjørn Nørgaard’s Hesteofringen (The Horse Sacrifice) in new set-up, and a Lamborghini whose paintwork you are allowed to scratch. New exhibition at ARoS featuring works from the collection wants to direct focus on contemporary society and challenge our ideas about Europe.

The exhibition No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses presents works from the ARoS collection as well as a series of distinctive works on loan. The exhibition features carefully selected installations by a number of international artists. No Man Is an Island – The Satanic Verses may be seen as a follow-up to Out of the Darkness, which was the first exhibition curated by Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director.

Aspects highlighted include people’s right to differ, Europe on the move, and how our view of humanity and sets of values – as individuals and as groups – are being challenged. While these themes are directly reflected in the exhibition title, the latter also alludes to literature and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, now a symbol of the clash between free thinking and orthodoxy.

Read prologue to the exhibition by director Erlend G. Høyersten.


The scenography in the gallery has been toned down, allowing the individual work to unfold and to interact with other works. The exhibition will feature works by e.g. Ron Mueck, Tony Matelli, Bjørn Nørgaard, Andy Warhol, Shirin Neshat, Edward Kienholz, Rose Eken, and selected young artists, who have shown in the series ARoS FOCUS//NEW NORDIC during the past two years.

List of artists and works:

Edward Kienholz (1927 – 1994), Sawdy nr. 46, 1971

Gardar Eide Einarsson (1976), Untitled (Flagwaste), 2015

E.B. Itso (1977), Clandestine Boat Cemetery, 2015

Jani Leinonen (1978), Beggars’ Signs, 2009-2015

Shirin Neshat (1957), Zarin, 2005 (20:30 min.)

Elmgreen & Dragset (1961, 1969), Welcome, 2014

Ron Mueck (1958), Boy, 1999

Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen (1959, 1958), Camp Kitchen, 2014

Rose Eken (1976), Tableau, 2015

Bjørn Nørgaard (1947), Hesteofringen, 1970

Tony Matelli (1971), Fucked (Couple), 2005

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Electric Chair, 1971

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), Marilyn, 1964

Leonard Rickhard (1945) Scene etter solnedgang, 2008-09

Superflex, Bankrupt Banks, August 23, 2013, 2013

Dolk (1979), Low Key, 2016

Tracey Moffat, (1960), Revolution, 2008

Nick Theobald (1986), Nothing Left to Offer, 2014

Thorbjørn Lausten, (1945), Lysskulptur uden titel, 1985

Gilbert & George (1943, 1942), Resting, 1991

Wes Lang (1971), This Noble One, 2014

The exhibition was conceived after an idea by Erlend G. Høyersten and is co-curated by Erik Nørager Pedersen and Pernille Taagaard Dinesen.

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