The Moon Above Copenhagen
“Basically I always wanted to make art about my surroundings.” Meet Danish artist Tal R in his studio for a talk about a series of paintings featuring his hometown Copenhagen in Denmark.
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Tal Rosenzweig was born in Israel in 1967, but grew up in Copenhagen. In this video he presents a series of pictures about places in Copenhagen that he “rhymes on” – places that are familiar to him and that in a way only exist because he personally relates to them.
Painting something so close to you is on the one hand too simple, on the other hand completely impossible, Tal R states in this interview. “But there is also something magical about that people can take their bike and look at the places, I have painted”. In the video, Tal R talks about four paintings which are especially important to him, starting with the picture “Sortedam”, that gave the Copenhagen-series its title. All motives capture a special moment, which sometimes only exists for a second: “I look at all these places, as though they will disappear at any second.” In that sense the series also becomes a dialogue between the living inhabitants of Copenhagen and the dead, whose lives and shadows are still a part of the city.
Tal R was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by: Jakob Solbakken
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Music: EKKO and Leonard Cohen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013
Supported by Nordea-fonden