The artistic practice of Henrik Olesen (1967, Esbjerg, Denmark) explores, with a conceptually rigorous approach, the structures of power relations and systems of knowledge, revealing some of their inherent logics, those which contribute to social and political regularisation.
Olesen employs cheap, everyday materials to make collages, posters, texts, sculptures, installations and architectural interventions which critically examine contemporary culture and socially disseminated normalisations, thereby questioning quotidian conventions in family structures, the construction of identities and their historiography, the media, legal discourses, art history, and other sources.
His work and projects have been the subject of exhibitions in institutions such as Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and New York’s MoMA, among others, and he has participated in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), Manifesta 10 (2014) and the Istanbul Biennial (2011).
This exhibition, the first solo show dedicated to Olesen’s oeuvre in Spain, assembles a selection of his most pertinent works, along with a series of architectural interventions made specifically for the spaces inside the Museo Reina Sofía.
Reina Sofia Museum's Publications
17 October, 2019 – 1 March, 2020
The Keys to the Kingdom
11 October, 2019 - 29 March, 2020
Time Is Mute
25 September, 2019 - 23 March, 2020
Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s
24 July, 2019 - 2 March, 2020
5 December, 2018 - 25 November, 2019
The Poetics of Democracy
Images and Counter-Images from the Spanish Transition
June 7, 2019 – February 7, 2020
Recreational and political resistances in Madrid during the 90'sMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación