Brutal Vitality, a new museal installation in 5 stories in which Bank & Rau convey the story of CoBrA to visitors in an entirely unique way.
The Danish artists duo Bank & Rau (Lone Bak and Tanja Rau) from Copenhagen has been invited by the Cobra Museum to create a contemporary collection presentation coming from their unique vision. The collection of the museum, the associated stories and the history of the CoBrA movement with its archival pieces are the building blocks with which Bank & Rau worked. They extended it with their own artworks, inspired by the collection. This forms Brutal Vitality, a new museal installation in 5 stories in which they convey the story of CoBrA to visitors in an entirely unique way.
Comprehensive in the practice of artist Bank & Rau are handcrafted and folk elements. By shifting aside the tradition, and everything that we take for granted in a museum, Bank & Rau is attempting to reshape the traditional museum presentation.
The exhibition Brutal Vitality by Bank & Rau was created under the Open Collections Program. The Open Collection program of the Cobra Museum is a practical research in which contemporary makers were invited to open the collection of the museum to provide a new impulse. Within this program there have been collaborations with Maria Pask / Frederique Bergholtz and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. De Open Collection program has been made possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fonds. The Danish Arts Council, SVFK (Danish Art Workshop) and SKF (Danish Art Foundation) support the presentation of Bank & Rau.