21 May 2019

World Class Art: Thirteen Stone Globes Have Arrived at the Maersk Tower

Art

Nørrebro has gained a sensational work of art, as the University of Copenhagen invites everyone to the inauguration of the work ‘Pars Pro Toto’ by the internationally acclaimed artist Alicja Kwade.

The stone globes arrive at the square between the Maersk Tower and Blegdamsvej.

Recently a large crane and heavy lorries have visited the Maersk Tower – because it does not go unnoticed when 13 stone globes weighing just under 60 tonnes in total are to be positioned inside and outside Panum at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Now the work, ‘Pars Pro Toto’, by the internationally acclaimed artist Alicja Kwade is in place and has been wrapped in plastic. But on Monday 27 May at 14:00-15:00 the stone globes will be revealed when the University of Copenhagen inaugurates the characteristic piece which meanders through the Maersk Tower from Blegdamsvej to Nørre Allé.

‘”Pars Pro Toto” will soon become part of the street scene and the Maersk Tower, and it thus physically links the faculty to the rest of the city. I hope the work, aside from providing inspiration and food for thought, will invite neighbours and other citizens to visit us. Because this way art becomes a main instrument in communicating our knowledge, study programmes and research’, says Dean Ulla Wewer from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The inauguration will include refreshments and speeches by Dean Ulla Wewer and Rector Henrik Wegener, and everyone is welcome

Infographic on 'Pars Pro Toto'Small Players in a Larger Picture

The 13 stone globes comprising ’Pars Pro Toto’ range from 40 centimetres to 2.5 metres in diameter. They each weigh between 92 kilos and 23 tonnes and are made of materials from 10 countries on three different continents.

One of these materials is paradise granite from the Danish island of Bornholm, but other European countries as well as India and Brazil are also represented.

Alicja Kwade has previously said that the materials used in the work are meant to reflect the faculty’s international research environment. At the same time, she hopes the sculptures will inspire onlookers to take a step back and look at the bigger picture in life – and remember that we as humans are just small players in an even larger picture.

'Pars Pro Toto' by Polish artist Alicja Kwade consists of 13 stone globes of different sizes and materials.
'Pars Pro Toto' by Polish artist Alicja Kwade consists of 13 stone globes of different sizes and materials.
The stone sculptures will be officially inaugurated on May 27 at 14-15.
The stone sculptures will be officially inaugurated on May 27 at 14-15.

Facts:

The Inauguration of ‘Pars Pro Toto’

Everybody is welcome:

Monday 27 May at 14:00-15:00
The Maersk Tower square by Blegdamsvej

The inauguration will include refreshments and speeches by:
- Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Rector Henrik Wegener, University of Copenhagen

About Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade (b. 1979) was born in Poland, but presently resides in Berlin. Over the past decade she has attracted international attention and secured a prominent position on the international contemporary art scene. Her meteoric career includes exhibitions at leading museums and galleries, including the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and the Venice Biennale. In Denmark her work has been exhibited at Louisiana and Charlottenborg, among other places.

Read more about Alicja Kwade and 'Pars Pro Toto'
Read the New York Times’ profile on Alicja Kwade                  

About Art in the Maersk Tower and the Panum Building

Based on the art circular about art in state buildings, the Danish Building and Property Agency allocated funds for art in connection with the construction of the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen. Together with the video installation ‘Figures in Landscape’ by Icelandic Ragnar Kjartansson, ‘Pars Pro Toto’ by Polish-born Alicja Kwade was made specifically for the Maersk Tower. Both works are open to the public – along with a number of other works of art found inside and around Panum.

Read more about new works of art at Panum
Read more about art at Panum

Every other Sunday, visitors can book a guided tour of the Maersk Tower and Panum. The price is DKK 120 for adults and DKK 90 for students, seniors and children.

Contact:

Press Officer Anders Buch-Larsen
Phone: (+45) 93509424
E-mail: anders.bl@sund.ku.dk