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April 15 – November 30, 2018

This year’s exhibition project in Cisternerne is made by the internationally renowned artist Jeppe Hein (DK). Hein invites the audience to journey through the underground’s labyrinthic colonnades and at the same time experience an inner journey. You must confront the darkness to be able to see the light, as Hein makes clear with the title of his most comprehensive exhibition in Copenhagen thus far: IN IS THE ONLY WAY OUT.

Jeppe Hein is well-known for his interactive and playful sculptures and art installations, installed all over the world, among these his mirror labyrinths and water pavilions and his series of Modified Social Benches which challenges our way of being together. A prominent characteristic of Hein’s artworks is that they are not complete until they meet their audience who is always invited to participate.

IN IS THE ONLY WAY OUT is a total installation taking up the 4320 m2 of Cisternerne and inviting the visitor onto an underground journey from the darkness into the light, on the way experiencing both challenges, surprises and disorientation. The cold and moist climate of Cisternerne forces itself on you and insists that you are present in the now. In the same way, Hein’s artworks enable visitors to feel: I am right here right now.

In the first room of the exhibit, the underground stillness is torn by the violent sound of a flame activated when a visitor approaches. When moving deeper into the underground the visitor is met by a series of round, rotating mirrors which heightens the sense of disorientation found among the dark colonnades.

Deepest within Cisternerne, a concert takes place. Every visitor activates a sensor sending a ball on a dynamic route through the colonnades where it hits Tibetan singing bowls on its way. The more visitors are present in the room, the more tones sound at any one time. The tunes connect the visitors who, unconsciously, create music together.

With this exhibition the artist unfolds a general theme: to be able to experience the light, you sometimes must confront and overcome the darkness: IN IS THE ONLY WAY OUT.

About the artist
Jeppe Hein (b. 1974) lives and works in Berlin. He was trained as a carpenter and later graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1997) and Städelschule – State Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main (1999). Through the last two decades he has been placed as a highly recognized artist, exhibiting and installing his artworks all over the world.

Exhibition catalogue
An illustrated exhibition catalogue with texts by art historian Camilla Jalving and philosopher Finn Janning will be published in connection with the opening of the exhibition. Price: 75 DKK.

Funds and sponsors
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Det Obelske Familiefond, FrederiksbergFonden, Frederiksberg Kommune, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, Hotel Alexandra, Knud Højgaards Fond, Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat and Danish Arts Foundation.

Practical information

Cisternerne in Søndermarken opposite Frederiksberg Castle
April 15 – November 30, 2018

Opening hours
Tue-Wed: 11 am – 6 pm
Thur: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri-Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
(closed on Mondays)

Entrance fee
Adults: 70 DKK
Seniors/students: 50 DKK
Groups (min. 20): 50 DKK
Under 18: Free

For further information, press photos and interview with Jeppe Hein, please contact:
Curator Sille Brethvad
Telephone: +45 30738030

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Opening hours 2018

April 15 – November 30, 2018
Tue-Wed: 11 am – 6 pm
Thur: 11 am – 8 pm
Fri-Sun: 11 am – 6 pm*
(closed on Mondays)

*NB: On Friday 25th & Saturday 26th, Cisternerne closes at 17 pm due to a special event during the Bloom festival

Entrance fee
Adults: 70 DKK
Seniors/students: 50 DKK
Groups (min. 20): 50 DKK
Under 18: Free



- Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansen Fonden
- A Table Story
- Augustinus Fonden
- Beckett-Fonden
- Den A. P. Møllerske Støttefond
- Det Obelske Familiefond
- FrederiksbergFonden
- Galleri Nicolai Wallner
- Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond
- Hotel Alexandra
- Knud Højgaards Fond
- Kultur- og Fritidsudvalget, Frb.
- König Galerie, Berlin
- Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat
- Statens Kunstfond
- 303 Gallery, New York