About the Socle du Monde Biennale

About the Socle du Monde Biennale


About the biennale

Socle du Monde was established in 2002 and is as such the oldest Danish biennale of contemporary art. The title is an homage to Piero Manzoni’s seminal sculpture by the same name, “Socle du Monde” – a central work in HEART’s collection which has its home at HEART Museum.

Socle du Monde biennale 2021 reflects upon a world in flux. Architectural operations, legendary artifacts, awe-inspiring installations, and thought-provoking images and audio.

The biennale celebrates Piero Manzoni, and a handful of incredible Arte Povera artists, by not just turning its gaze back in time, but forward to the future as well to present some of the most illustrious artists through time. Incidentally, a wide array of artworks will be exhibited which have yet to be displayed anywhere in Scandinavia.

Socle du Monde Biennale 2021 – Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends is the 8th edition and opens its doors on June 12th 2021.


The biennale’s title has, and will at the opening, acquire a new significance. The pandemic, we hope, has imparted us with a new humility and acknowledgement of our mental and bodily need for our fellow human beings. “Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends” is thus a graver meaning than originally intended […] We have been reminded of the importance of expressing ourselves and finding unity within art, and this is something in particular that HEART hopes to further with this biennale, both within participants and audiences.”

Holger Reenberg, director for HEART Museum of Contemporary Art


The biennale is separated into 8 Stages, each color coded with different colors inspired by the colors Paul Gadegaard used for his paintings.



  Stage 1

  Stage 2

  Stage 3

  Stage 4

  Stage 5 & 6

  Stage 7


Socle du Monde and Herning

As a celebration of art and its deep connection to Herning, the Socle Du Monde Biennale 2021 takes place at a multitude of venues in Herning and its surrounding areas. These venues include HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning Textile Museum, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt’s Museum, Deep Forest Art Land, Herning City,  Herning Højskole, the Church of Saint John, and the surrounding areas in Birk.

Socle du Monde Biennale 2021 is arranged by Tijs Visser, Bruno Cora, Lotte Korshøj, Holger Reenberg, René Schmidt, and Sara Duborg Døssing.


For frequently asked questions click here.


Socle du Monde Team at HEART


Productions- and Exhibition Coordinator:

Katrine From – kf@heartmus.dk  | +45 96 28 17 04


PR & Communication:

Thilde Nyborg – tnn@heartmus.dk | +45 96 28 17 04

Sidsel Gjesse Bredsgaard – sgb@heartmus.dk | +45 93 92 31 25

Socle du Monde Biennale 2021 is supported by: