Frequently asked questions:


When is the biennale?

— Socle du Monde 2021 – Welcome My Friends to the Show that Never Ends opened its doors to Denmark’s largest biennale on June 12th 2021 and lasts all the way until October 31st 2021.


What is a ‘biennale’?

A biennale is a biannual exhibition within the arts or music. The word originates from the Italian word ‘biennial’, meaning every other year, generally used to describe large scale, international art exhibitions. Among the most famous biennales are; Venice Biennale, São Paulo Art Biennial, Helsinki Biennial, og Shanghai Biennale. Other similar versions exist as triennial and quadrennial, which happen every third and fourth year respectively.


Why ‘Socle du Monde‘?

— The Socle du Monde biennale is in large part a tribute to the seminal and revolutionary modern conceptual artist, Piero Manzoni, who during his time inspired both wonder and scorn with his abstract and at times shocking works. As one of the more well defined and inspiring artists within the Arte Povera art movement who truly encompasses the concept of the biennale as a celebration of the world and its multifariousness, Manzoni now stands as a figurehead for the Socle du Monde biennale, aptly named after one of his most iconic works.


Where does the biennale take place?

— The biennale is a collection of exhibitions and ‘Stages’, distributed out across multiple venues and locations. Thus one may experience the biennale not only at HEART, but also the Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelts Museum, Herning Textile Museum, Deep Forest Art Land, Herning Højskole, the Church of St. John, Herning City, and Birk Centerpark. You can read more about the different scenes and which venues are connected to them here.


How do I experience the biennale?

— An optimal way to experience the biennale is to get familiar with the Stages and experience the biennale through the Prologue (Stage 0) to Stage 7. There is however no set order to visit the venues, it’s up to the individual visitor to decide, and one may choose from whether an artist catches their eye here, or a venue seems interesting to visit by checking the list of Stages here. The biennale can be experienced over several days at whichever pace is best suitable for individual visitors, however we suggest experiencing the exhibitions at a leisurely pace as aside from the biennale exhibitions, there are many other incredible experiences and exhibitions in the participating venues.


What do the “Stages” in Socle du Monde mean?

— Socle du Monde – Welcome My Friends to the Show That Never Ends consists of a total of 8 Stages which create a chronology for Socle du Monde and the art history of Herning and Birk. The Stages allow visitors to experience the beginning of the Angli Factory, all the way to the present’s thriving art world within the city – and even a glimpse into the future, where fellowship and unity paves the way for another step towards the art world’s magnificent development in Herning and the rest of Denmark. The Stages consist of different venues and artists, all depending on which story the Stage depicts. There are no rules for which Stage to experience first, as they can all be seen as a standalone glimpse into the unique narrative that each Stage illustrates.

Each Stage is coded with a certain color inspired by the characteristic colors of Paul Gadegaard’s works. You can always identify a Stage from the color it has:


  Stage 1

  Stage 2

  Stage 3

  Stage 4

  Stage 5 & 6

  Stage 7


What is Arte Povera?

Arte Povera (‘impoverished art’) was a highly influential artistic movement in Italy between 1967 up until the 1980’s, centering its themes on the post-war lack of resources in Italy as well as a reflection upon higher powers, which caused the widespread poverty across the country during that time. Thus it was a fundamental part of Arte Povera to utilize humble and “cheap” materials and transforming them into becoming more than the sum of their parts. The movement holds critique of concepts such as industrialism, capitalism, fascism, and materialism and is often reflected in Arte Povera works. Arte Povera takes a central role in Socle du Monde’s Stage 1 – The Past as a celebration of the beginning and that which brought us to where we are today.

Want to learn more about Arte Povera and which artists participated in the movement? Click here.


Socle du Monde Biennale 2021 is supported by: