About chart social

Running alongside the main fair is CHART SOCIAL, a program of cultural events exploring the crossover between art, design, architecture, music, performance, and gastronomy. CHART SOCIAL, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and various other locations around the city leading up to and during the fair. The CHART SOCIAL program is generously supported by The Municipality of Copenhagen.




CHART hosts a series of Talks programmed by ArtReview and moderated by Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief and Oliver Basciano, international editor.

CHART ART FAIR’s Talks programme will once again be programmed by ArtReview and moderated by Mark Rappolt, editor-in-chief and Oliver Basciano, international editor. Under the provocative heading THE END OF THE ART WORLD AS WE KNOW IT the talks will explore how the instability of political structures globally, questions about globalisation, and the undermining of critical hierarchies effects the production, distribution and reading of art. The speakers are a selection of some of the most influential artists, designers, museum directors, critics and curators globally and this year include Alex Da Corte, Bosco Sodi, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Christian Falsnaes, Goldin+Senneby, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Helga Christoffersen, Justin McGuirk, Katharine Stout, Kirstine RoepstorffMaria Lind, Mark Leckey, Peter Pakesch, Richard Parry, Shwetal Patel, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Stefanie Hessler and Tue Greenfort amongst others.


CHART TALKS will take place Saturday 2 September and Sunday 3 September at the Kuppelsalen of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Kunsthal Charlottenborg and at private collectors’ homes. All TALKS are free and open to the public, with RSVP necessary for the TALKS taking place off-site. See more information on chartartfair.com/social/#talks.




In 2017 CHART will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a GRAND OPENING CONCERT and an ambitious CHART COURTYARD PROGRAMME

CHART will invite everyone on Friday 1 September 2017 to join the GRAND OPENING CONCERT, celebrating the art fair’s fifth and most successful edition.


In 2017, the CHART COURTYARD PROGRAMME will activate Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyards throughout the whole weekend with live acts, DJs, performances, and an opening concert. The programme is co-curated by Escho, Frankie Dunn (i-D Magazine), Kasper Bisgaard (smash!bang!pow!) and Kasper Bjørke. Artists included are Alex Da Corte, Charlie Roberts, Francesco PedraglioKatharina Grosse & Stefan SchneiderMartin CreedMerike Estner, and Lorenzo Senni.


In 2016 more than 8,900 people attended the opening concert, which is free and open to all. The schedule will be available in August 2017 on the website: https://chartartfair.com/social/#opening-concert and the Facebook event.

Architecture competition

Architecture competition

Each year students from leading Nordic architecture schools are invited to enter the CHART ARCHITECTURE competition

In 2017 CHART extended the call for applications to young and newly established architectural practices and welcomed students and recent graduates from the Nordic region. Taking this year’s official theme THE LIVING CITY as a starting point, the selected finalists will design individual pavilions for the Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyard to host the fair’s restaurants and cultural partners Absolut, Gorilla, Musling, Union Kitchen and  SPACE10. The winning pavilion will be selected during the fair on 2 September. The winners of this year’s competition will be offered a mentorship programme in collaboration with The Dreyer Foundation with a professional architect, a construction expert and a developer.


The five finalists of CHART ARCHITECTURE are: Algae Dome by Aleksander Wadas, Rafal Wroblewski, and Anna Stempniewicz; ADAPT by Harry Clover, Jack Cripps, Sebastian Gatz and Fabian Puller; Stick Box by Miki Morita, Suguru Kobayashi and Keita Shishijima; Paper Pavilion by Kazumasa Takada, Yuriko Yagi and Yohei Tomioka; Sunday Temple by Mia Frykholm and Astrid Gabrielsson.


The 2017 CHART ARCHITECTURE jury consists of: Bjarke Ingels, architect and founder of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, co-founder of SUPERFLEX; Claus Andersen, owner of Andersen’s Contemporary; Débora Mesa, architect and principle of Ensamble Studio; Dorte Foss, architect; Simon Frommenwiler, architect and co-founder of HHF Architects; and Klaus Kastbjerg, CEO and director of Union Holding A/S.

Chart Emerging

Chart Emerging

CHART EMERGING aims to promote aspiring, young artists

CHART EMERGING aims to give a platform and voice to a young and upcoming generation of Nordic artists. CHART EMERGING 2017 is curated by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator at the New Museum, New York, and will take form as a research project that will produce a travelling exhibition and a reference publication documenting a generation of young Nordic artists.


Special Art projects

Special Art Projects


In 2017 CHART SPECIAL ART PROJECTS will include CORPUS X CHART, CHART X HAY and a poster project by the renowned French artist Laure Prouvost.



For the next three years, CHART and CORPUS will jointly develop an annual project, exploring the artistic possibilities across the fields of performing and visual arts. Each performance will challenge the audience’s traditional expectations of the physical and visual experience of each genre and test new forms of collaboration and artistic innovation.




HAY and CHART ART FAIR have joined forces to launch a new series of artists posters. The series is curated by CHART and includes works by contemporary artists participating at CHART. Together, HAY and CHART hope to make art available to a wider public. The artists include Laure Prouvost; Anna Reivilä (Gallery Taik Persons); Geoff McFetridge (V1 Gallery); Malin Gabriella Nordin (Gallery Steinsland Berliner); John Kørner (Galleri Bo Bjerggaard); Richard Colman (V1 Gallery) and Anna Bjerger (David Risley Gallery). HAY will launch the posters during CHART ART FAIR, 1-3 September 2017, at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, and in HAY stores around the world. Through this collaboration HAY and CHART hope to make art available to a wider public.






The French artist and Turner-prize winner Laure Prouvost is the artist behind the large scale public art project evolving in the streets of Copenhagen since Monday, 7 August. Laure Prouvost’s provocative work Look Behind the Curtain is a large-scale public art project with of 2.000 posters, billboards and balcony banners, which are exhibited in the streets of Copenhagen. For this project, Prouvost created a new series of 12 artworks in oil on paper that depicts tactile body parts combined with enigmatic phrases that contradict our traditional expectations that art must express grand existential concerns. Instead the artist makes use of layered stories, surreal humour and word games, inviting the viewer into a private narrative within a playful installation that expresses the simple joy of creation. Involving the citizens of Copenhagen, 30 residents with balconies facing a public street are taking part in the art project.



Ex Situ. Samples of Lifeforms⎪01.09.2017-26.11.17

A Kassen
Martin Erik Andersen
Alan Bogana
Tacita Dean
Roni Horn
Lauren Huret
Dominique Koch
Lena Maria Thüring
Keith Tyson
Hannah Weinberger
Pedro Wirz


CHART is pleased to present Ex Situ. Samples of Lifeforms in collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary and the City of Basel: An international group exhibition with artists and works addressing the constantly changing conditions of forms of life on planet Earth. At a time of accelerating transformations in global ecosystems, humans and other animals leave and lose their natural habitat. The exhibition reflects the unruly state of migrating species trying to adapt to a new world where nature, culture and technology are inextricably entangled and enmeshed.


The expression ‘ex situ’ means ‘off-site’ or ‘out of place’. It is used by conservation biologists for the preservation of fauna and flora in man-made environments. The show’s starting point is to rethink the art space CC, which is housed in a large post-industrial box – similar to a water tank – on the harbour of Copenhagen. During the show the site takes on an appearance that is somewhat similar to an aquarium or, broadly speaking, a so-called vivarium, i.e. a shelter for an artificially recreated environment, submarine or otherwise.


New and existing large-scale installations as well as smaller, more intimate works explore a variety of organic and inorganic forms, such as the life cycle of jellyfish or the routines of a shipping crew on a freighter. Other works engage with the necessary conditions of life such as soil and, more prominently, water in an era marked by water reserve depletion, acidification of the oceans, rising sea levels, and mass extinction as well as the migration of people and species. The works in Ex Situ put conditions and forms of life on display for the visitors to contemplate, similar to the way we look at an aquarium – except here we are no longer on the outside but inside of it.


The exhibition is the result of a cultural partnership between the City of Basel, CHART, Copenhagen Contemporary and the Swiss Embassy in Denmark.


Four curators – Alice Wilke and Claire Hoffmann (Basel), Jannie Haagemann and Toke Lykkeberg (Copenhagen) – have created this exhibition in collaboration, which primarily features newly produced works by highly accomplished and upcoming artists from Swiss and Nordic contexts.


The official opening is Thursday 31 August from 17:00-21:00.