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Galschiøts work

Here you will find an overview of Galschiot's works sorted by year from the first installation. Many of Galschiot's works are regularly used and exhibited around the world. We constantly update each page so you can keep up with the latest exhibitions and happenings that each sculpture features.

If you want to see the latest activities of the Galschiot, you can get an overview on the news page.

Solarcells at Gallery Galschiøt - 2020


Jens Galschiøt has created a series of sculptures of solar collectors, which will be used to finance a sustainable conversion of Gallery Galschiot.



We plan to place approx. 2,000 m2 of solar cells on the roofs of Galleri Galschiøt. We would be able to produce 300,000 Kilo Watt (kW) per year, which means we can save the world about 120 tons of CO2.

A rose to imprisoned woman - 2020


Danish artist Jens Galschiøt names art after the Iranian Yasaman, who fights for women's right to decide how they want to dress. The sale of the artworks went to Amnesty's work in Iran

2019

Roadsign - 2019


In 2019, a motorway sign was placed on the Danish highway E45, indicating the Gallery Galschiøt location.


The sign is itself a work of art, that illustrates some selected works of art by Galschiot. The sign depicts Survival of the Fattest, H.C. Andersen in Queer Times, Unbearable, Shame Support, Freedom to Contaminate, In God's Name and the Pig Dog

#DONTFEEDYOURINNERBEAST - 2019


For the 25th anniversary of My Inner Beast, Jens Galschiøt has started a street art project in which sculptures with titled 'dont feed your inner beast' have been hung around the world and have been tagged with # DON'TFEEDYOURINNERBEAST.

Fuck double standarts - 2018


A sculptural commentary on the politicians who have cut billions from development aid over the years, while boasting that we raise millions for the same purpose.



The Fuck double standarts was sold on auction and totaled DKK 47,775 incl. fee for the Danish collection 2018.

 


2018

Homo Sapiens - 2018


The sculpture installation consists of 22 unique copper sculptures that vary in height from 180 up to 225 cm.


They are characterized by a sketchy modelling with the appearance of fine details and an almost organic surface. In some of them you will see large portions of the human body. The others, the body will almost disappear in the material. The sculptures are in a limbo between construction and deconstruction.


Burka happening - 2018


One must not be naked! It's too little. Do not wear burka! It is too much. What if you are naked under a burka?


In connection with the burka ban that became illegal in 2018, Galschiot made a series of happenings during the meeting, challenging the legal regulations surrounding clothing, by wearing both burka and being naked during the burka.



2017

COP 23 - 2017


For the Bonn climate summit 2017 in Bonn, Jens Galschiot made art installations around Bonn that highlight the climate crisis from different angles.




Historical traces - 2017



The sculpture group consisting of 7 people cast in bronze. 4 people are busy unloading coffee bags, 2 people stack them and the last one takes a little rest.


Historic Tracks is an artistic reminder of the environment that was at the harbor in Århus, from a time when everything was unloaded by hand.



Polar bear ban - 2016


In connection with the 2016 Bornholm peoples summit, Jens Galschiøt arrange polar bear demonstrations in favor for the climate. The demonstration was stopped by police.


The masking ban meant that the demonstration in fully dressed polar bear costumes was not legal, and thus the police banned the conduct of the demonstration as planned.



2015

2016

The Children of Abraham - 2015


The Children of Abraham is an art and dialogue project created by Jens Galschiot, focusing on the three monoteric religions.


The project is based on the sculpture 'Fundamentalism', which deals with the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These three religions are often called the "People of the Book," and they all recognize Abraham as their common ancestor. You could say that the disagreements between these religions are a kind of family quarrel between 'The children of Abraham'.

COP 21 - 2015


At the climate summit in Paris, Jens Galschiøt made a number of exhibitions and happenings around the city. Among other things, the sculpture Unbearable - depicting a spiked polar bear on a CO2 graph - was exhibited in front of the university site in central Paris.

550+1 - 2015


550+1 is an art installation about human trafficking and prostitution. The sculpture is 60 meters long and consists of 550 male figures and 1 female body. The 550 male figures represent the number of customers a Nigerian prostitute is expected to have within a year.


The sculpture was finished in June 2015, and was exhibited at the People’s Political festival, and later at a Culture meeting on the island of Mors in 2015.

2010

Unbearable - 2015


Unbearable is a sculpture of a polar bear, which is pealed on a graph of the world's CO2 emissions from year 0 to year 2015.


Unbearable is a shared project between Danish Artist Jens Galschiøt and the WWF. The eye-catching sculpture is a symbol of how human activity affects the global climate, and aims to remind the public of its responsibility for future generations.


Ending homelessness - 2010


Jens Galschiøt created 13 bronze sculptures depicting homeless people in cooperation with the Danish NGO Project OUTSIDE, the sculptures have been exhibited throughout European capitals. The campaign was carried out on the occasion of the European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion in 2010


 Bronze sculptures are usually put up to honor important, powerful people, but here the noble material is used to give voice to those people who normally go without.

The Refugee's Ship - 2010


The refugee ship is a floating art installation with 70 copper refugee sculptures on the old Danish fishing cutter M/S Anton.


The ship has toured through many cities in Denmark and Germany in collaboration with “Levende Hav”. The project is supported by Danida.


The latest tour was in 2017, for documenta14 in Kassel


Seven meters (COP 15) - 2009


Seven Meters is a series of art installations made by Jens Galschiøt which were displayed on the occasion of COP15 Summit 7, December 2009, in Copenhagen. 


If the glaciers of greenland melts, the water level will rise 7 meters. The potential new waterline was marked with a flashing lamp, placed at a height of 7 meters from the water level around in Copenhagen.


The following art installations were used at COP 15:

The 7 meter line, The Pulse of the Earth, Refugees in Water, The Messenger, Freedom to Pollute, Wandering Refugees, Balancing Acts, Survival of the Fattest 

2009

The Color Orange - 2008


We launched the project, The Color Orange, to highlight human rights violations in China during the Beijing Olympics in August, 2008.


The idea was both sophisticated and simple: We wanted to introduce The Color Orange as a symbol of protest against human rights violations in China. The censorship could ban the use of obvious iconography and symbols used to represent human rights, but the use of The Color Orange could not be banned.

2007

In the name of God - 2007


In the name of God is a project launched by Jens Galschiøt depicting a sculpture of a pregnant teenager, created as an indictment against the Church’s strict, regressive policy on sex and sexual education.

2006

Balancing Act - 2006


Balancing Act, is a collection of copper sculptures, depicting human figures performing a seemingly impossible balancing act on high,  carbon fiber poles. 


They function as a logo and an eye catcher for many events throughout the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).


The project launched during a UN conference in India by our collaborator and colleague Lars Myrthu-Nielsen from the Danish Eco-network.


Freedom to Pollute - 2002


Freedom to Pollute is a 6-foot-high fiberglass copy of the American Statue of Liberty with smoke coming out of the torch. The sculpture was made and erected in the year 2002.

The sculpture has been set up during several climate conferences and demonstrations.

The Hunger March - 2002


The Hunger March is a series of sculptures depicting a starving boy.


The project was launched as a protest against cuts in development aid. Cuts are a fatal mistake at a time when the gap between rich and poor is growing, where over a billion people are living below the hunger threshold, and where poverty and hunger are the main cause of conflicts and refugee flows worldwide.

The Messenger - 2000


The messenger is a 5 meter high bronze sculpture that was inaugurated in the year 2000 at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. The sculpture was made as a prayer for the worldwide Jubilee 2000 campaign in favor of canceling the world's most hopeless countries' hopeless debts.


The sculpture is a monument and a symbol of a Messenger from the South. An archetypal woman with Masai-like stature equipped with cloak and staff. She is placed on a cylinder with engravings similar to rock carvings.

Survival of the fattest - 2002


Survival of the Fattest is a sculpture of a starved african man carrying a huge fat woman from the west, with a weight in her hand. The sculpture was made by Jens Galschiøt in 2002 as a symbol of the uneven distribution of the world's resources. The title is reminiscent of Charles Darwin's famous phrase 'Survival of the Fittest'.


Pillar of Shame - 1997


Pillar of Shame is part of a  series of sculptures by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt. Each sculpture is an 8-metre tall statue of bronze, copper or concrete.


The sculpture was inaugurated at the NGO Forum of the FAO summit in Rome, 1996. Since then three other pillars have been erected: in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Brazil.


The sculpture serves as a warning and a reminder to people of a shameful event which must never reoccur. 

My Inner Beast - 1993


My Inner Beast is a series of 22 tons of heavy black concrete sculptures, created by the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt in November 1993. Twenty sculptures were erected in twenty cities in Europe, without permission from the authorities


The sculptures depict and pig in human clothing, the purpose was in an unconventional way to focus on the rising violence, intolerance, racism and persecution of minorities to which Europe has been shown in recent years.


Other work


Over time, Jens Galschiøt has made many sculptures and projects, in this sub-page you will be able to find a other sculptures that din´t make it to this page. 


If you have not found what you are looking for or just want to explore your curiosity, then you can visit Jens Galschiøt old website Aidoh.