Rom for kunst (Space for Art) is pleased to present two works by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen at Oslo Central Station
The two large banners appear at first sight to be playing with color, patterns and ornament, but the titles reveal another layer of meaning.
The banner Liberté Egalité Fraternité (2013) hangs on the facade of the main station building, facing Jernbanetorget. The work is inspired by the French Revolution, and this is reflected both in the title (liberty, equality, fraternity) and in the colors. The rigid pattern, on the other hand, belongs to a hierarchical feudal society, and stands in contradiction to the liberty of the title.
On the facade facing the fjord hangs Anarchist Knight (2007/2013). Here, the rigid medieval pattern carries the colors of the red and black anarchist flag. The title of the work refers to a paradox, where submission to rank and membership in a class society is broken by the desire for an absence of rulers.
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (born 1967 ) is one of Denmark’s most acclaimed artists. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Plenge Jakobsen was formerly Professor at the Art Academy in Oslo, and his solo exhibition Kapital is currently on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark.