Nordic Contemporary Art Space proudly presents “Too much of a Good Thing” A group exhibition by artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Exhibition period: 28. MAY – 7. JUNE 2015 The artist/curator Andreas Emenius and cultural entrepreneur Jacob Valdemar introduce with Nordic Contemporary the exhibition ‘TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING’, showing ten contem- […]
Nordic Contemporary Art Space proudly presents “Too much of a Good Thing”
A group exhibition by artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Exhibition period: 28. MAY – 7. JUNE 2015
The artist/curator Andreas Emenius and cultural entrepreneur Jacob Valdemar introduce with
Nordic Contemporary the exhibition ‘TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING’, showing ten contem-
porary Nordic artists presenting new interpretations of paintings, sculptures, drawings and video.
Apart from being connected geographically, the invited artists are also connected by an interest in
high culture meets low culture, polished meets raw, natural meets clinical.
The Nordic region is a stage where the beautiful life is acted out, resulting in a growing distance
to the living life. “TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING” is an exhibition about how we exist in this
condition. Not necessarily to reflect on it, but to work on it from within, looking out. Many of the
artworks represented are satisfied with pointing back at the work itself, rather than a certain
discourse, while pointing towards a freedom and subjectivity, with an existential commitment to the
The titles reference ‘a good thing’ as being something utopian, while ‘too much’ stands for some
thing over saturated, to the limit and beyond: mental states, material, and media. The artists are
represented in a broad range of expressions as an attempt to break down hierarchies. High culture
meets low culture, polished meets raw, natural meets clinical in an eclectic brew that aims to clash more than harmonise; yet somehow linked through the artists view.
Nordic Contemporary is an art space founded in 2014 by Andreas Emenius and Jacob
Valdemar, situated on 160m2 in an empty apartment at Republique, Paris. It serves as a platform
for contemporary art by Scandinavian artists, established and less established and presents
three exhibitions a year aiming to visualize any current direction of Nordic art today. The aim is to
create long-term visibility for Nordic art and showcase internationally the Nordic region’s increasing
importance on the global art scene.
The last exhibition at Nordic Contemporary, FLUID FLESH, opened Oct. 23, 2014. Attended by
400 people it created an instant impact and was covered in national and international press,
among others the New York Times and Purple magazine.
Creates semi-figurative paintings, drawings and hulking
figures in plaster, wood and iron, as well as suggestive videos, often composed
together in a total installation, activated by a live performance. He indirectly
draws from his personal background and history while observing people in his
nearby surroundings. His figures appear in motion, restless at the same time
positioned in place, full of brute emotive power. His interest lies in the effect
the modern world has on the body, both in a cognitive and physical sense and,
where he imagines an aesthetic chaos, due to the temporary body in constant
Collaboration is a key aspect of his praxis and being the curator at
Nordic contemporary is the latest in what creates a cluster of connections
to his artist centre – the studio.
Emenius is a founding member of Vibskov&Emenius, together with the Danish
designer Henrik Vibskov. ‘The Fringe Projects’ and ‘The Circular Series’
fifteen works in form of installations, objects, performances, video and self-
potraits has been presented widely internationally since 2007 and documented
in ‘The Fringe Projects 1-10’ (144p JapSam Books, 2009).
Other collaborations include the Danish musician Trentemøller, EMENIUS
directed and filmed two videos for ‘Decieve’ and ‘Come Undone
Trentemøller remix’. (2014), as well being involved in the stage scenography for
Trentemøller’s ongoing ‘Lost’ world tour. In return, Trentemøller was invited
to perform in Emenius’s exhibition ‘Movement’ at H.C Andersen Castle,
Copenhagen (2012), supported by Mercedes Benz and staged and curated by Andreas Emenius, international artists in dialogues across the fields of fine art, dance, performance and music.
Has education in Cultural Entrepreneurship and Leadership
(KaosPilot, Denmark). Since then he has successfully initiated and led many
fashion and music related projects.
Being the business drive behind different artists and projects, Jacob has helped
to grow them into cultural movements and cementing them as milestones in
their time and context. Working with ideas that stand out and make a change
in the world has always been a key factor in his projects.
At the start of his career, Valdemar founded the internationally acclaimed
RECession festival for experimental rock and electronical music in Aarhus,
Denmark, featuring artists as The Fall, Cold Cut, Asian Dub Foundation and
Einstürzende Neubauten. Later he was part of FreeMuse organization against
music censorship, making opinions of artists like The Cure and Natacha Atlas
In 2003 he moved to Berlin and launched the business of a young South
African designer by positioning his work at high end European stores. This
received broad attention on international scale in both business and media
environments by being featured in such respectable channels as CNN, Dazed
and Confused and Danish Berlingske Tidne.
In 2004 he founded Sales and PR company “Agency V”. Based in Berlin,
the agency’s clients included such at the time emerging designers as Henrik
Vibskov, Wood Wood and others. From 2008 to 2012 Jacob worked with
Henrik Vibskov as his partner in business development, including opening
Henrik Vibskov retail stores and launching the fragrance line TYPE.
In 2013 Jacob opened Sales and Marketing company VALD agency, which
today provides it’s services to 14 international designers, including Danish
Henrik Vibskov, Anne Sofie Madsen, Asger Juel Larsen, American Eckhaus
Latta, 69, and other designers from Germany, France, Austria and Korea.
Initiating Nordic Contemporary project
Jacob Valdemar uses his global network to elevate the Nordic art by
providing the artists from the region with international platform through which
to connect with world leading art collectors and culture media
We look forward to hearing from you.
Address: Nordic Contemporary, 14, rue du Chateau d’Eau, 75010 Paris/France
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