Alex Da Corte “Mr. Remember” at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek

The artist occupies space with colour. For Louisiana’s West Wing, Da Corte has designed an all-encompassing and relentless scenography with custom-made floors, brightly coloured walls, neon lights and distinct scents. Inviting us into a parallel reality, an intensely visual experience.

The exhibition brings together new and old works (the oldest is from 2003) in an all-embracing scenography. Adding colour to almost every surface in Louisiana’s West Wing, Da Corte makes it impossible for the viewer to keep a safe distance. The artist’s body of work implies an idea of identity as unfixed and continuously performed using costumes, props and everything we consume. In Da Corte’s rendition of life, every day is Halloween.

As the exhibition title suggests, “Mr. Remember,” which is a play on misremember, memory is a key concept for Da Corte. Through remembrance, the past joins the present, and provides paths for negotiating the future.

The exhibition is the first European survey of Da Corte’s work, focusing on the last decade, when the artist has amped up the formal complexity of his work. Da Corte has also made several ambitious new works for the occasion, while custom-designing the exhibition to fit every detail of the museum. Moreover, the sculpture As Long as the Sun Lasts is displayed on the museum’s Calder Terrace.

Da Corte’s work spans a variety of media, centring on sculpture, video and installation. The artist employs an array of different materials and references—from low-cost, mass-produced objects to high-end design, from children’s TV to the masters of art history, from French poetry to American pop music.

While some (or all) of the references may be familiar, Da Corte’s treatment gives them an edge, producing a sense of alienation or displacement. Shuttling between light-hearted and dark, his work strikes a deeply emotional note.

at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
until January 8, 2023