Updated: Check out this short video that I made from this museum trip:
The Rainbow panorama by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The permanent installation sit atop the aRoS Museum of Art in Aarhus Denmark. Here, you can take a panoramic walk and enjoy the stunning view of the city through technicolored glass. The experience is quite special and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the city.
As seen from outside. The architectural concept of the building is inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy
Interpreting art is always subjective and very personal. To me, being in the rainbow panorama is the satisfying culmination of the different feelings and sensations experienced through the journey in the museum. Taking in Dante’s literature into account, the rainbow is the symbol of reaching enlightenment and nirvana.
The mandatory tourist photo op amid all the colors of the spectrum, channeling my inner Rainbow Brite!
While we came here on a gray day, the view from inside the rainbow is nonetheless pretty. Here’s Lars pausing to take in the view of of the city below.
The building details of the museum are inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the spiral staircase symbolising the journey from hell, purgatory to heaven. The way to heaven/hell, all nine floors of it, could be quite a workout but there’s an expressway by lift .
The museum is currently showing Monet – Lost in Translation, an exhibition of the artworks by the greatest French impressionists including Monet. Of course, an Impressionist gallery wouldn’t be complete without Monet’s iconic paintings of waterlilies. Impressionism is my favorite art movement – rebellious and exceptionally beautiful in an understated manner.
Caught in the Act, an installation showing colorful birds caught in the act of stealing pills, lit up as if by police search light. Before reading the artists’ intent, I thought it was depicting drugged out people hallucinating the ability to fly.
Boy by Ron Mueck| Mueck was quoted saying that had he known the boy would go to DK, he would have given him warmer clothes. I couldn’t agree more!
Hyperreal details – wrinkles, folds and hairs. Fascinating!
The cool window of the museum’s in-house cafe. How would you like some ham to go with your espresso? As the museum could easily take a whole day to explore properly, coffee and cake with a view is a welcome break!
View of Aarhus from the museum’s sky lounge
If you fancy visiting the aRoS museum and would like to find out more information on ongoing exhibitions, here’s the link to their website. For contemporary art lovers who are visiting Denmark, this is a must-see.
Quick Info: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus | Adult: 130 kr / Students and under 28: 110 kr / Children under 18: Free | Within 10 minute walking distance from bus and central station | Closed on Mondays | Paid parking near the museum (60 kr for 4 hours) | Open from 9.00 – 17.00, Wed & Thurs until 22.00