About the 2017 Socle du Monde Bienniale


About the 2017 Socle du Monde Bienniale

The Socle du Monde Biennale was founded in 2002, making it the oldest Danish biennale focusing on contemporary art. It is named after Piero Manzoni’s groundbreaking sculpture Socle du Monde, one of the main masterpieces in the HEART collection.

Socle du Monde 2017 presents a wide range of works. Paintings, installation art, sculptures and performances – from colourless paintings, shit in a can and live chickens to art exchanges and a dancing light robot.

The biennale celebrates Piero Manzoni by turning its gaze partly towards the past, partly to the future as it presents a carefully chosen selection of exciting artists. It also presents a wide range of works that have never before been shown in Scandinavia.

The 2017 Socle du Monde Biennale  – to challenge the Earth, the Moon, the Sun & the Stars  is the 7th instalment of the biennale.

The 2017 Socle Du Monde Biennale takes place at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning Højskole, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt’s Museum, The Geometric Gardens and HEART’s Sculpture Park.

The Socle du Monde Biennale will be presenting a number of internationally renowned curators headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director ZERO foundation, with curators Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum and Maria Finders . Assisting the team are Holger Reenberg, director at HEART and founding Director of The Socle du Monde Biennale , the director at Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Lotte Korshøj and Chief curator at HEART Michael Bank Christoffersen. Each of the 5 curators will create their individual chapter, based on a work by Manzoni, while the ‘outdoor’ chapters with permanent installations will be curated by the complete team.


Socle du Monde Team at HEART

Production- and exhibition coordinator: Katrine From kf@heartmus.dk / +45 96281704

Education: Kristina Bang Rasmussen kbr@heartmus.dk / +45 96281702

PR & Communication: Thilde Nyborg Nielsen tnn@heartmus.dk / +45 96281704



Dates: 22 April – 27 August 2017

Official opening – 21 April 2017

Preview – 20 April 2017



Socle du Monde Biennale 2017 is supported by: