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Bigert & Bergström's Solar Egg in Kiruna (photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger)

Van Gogh and a solar egg in Copenhagen

A prize-winning Solar Egg, which doubles as a sauna visitors can arrange to experience, will soon be on show.

Locals and visitors in Copenhagen this autumn will get a chance to explore the housing company Riksbyggen’s viral phenomenon Solar Egg. And, elsewhere in the city, an exhibition of Van Gogh originals will be on show.

Starting October 12, the prize-winning sauna shaped like a futuristic golden egg, designed by Swedish artists Bigert & Bergström, can be seen in the courtyard of Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The egg’s visit coincides with the exhibition Big Art, which has already opened and continues until January 31, with large-scale contemporary art envisioned for BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) buildings and urban projects.

A symbol of new beginnings, Solar Egg has already shared its warmth in several locations around Sweden – in Kiruna, Björkliden, Stockholm and, this summer, in Gällivare. Last year it also visited Paris.

The Copenhagen visit opens on Kulturnatten, Copenhagen Culture night, and visitors will be able to book a full sauna experience via the museum.

Made by Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström and commissioned by Riksbyggen, it is designed to draw attention to the regeneration of the city of Kiruna, “for contemplation and the promotion of local dialogue about the moving of the city of Kiruna north of the Arctic Circle”, its creators say.

Assembling it in each location requires 1512 bolts to put the 69 golden plates together, a process that takes four to five days.

Rare exhibition
Unrelated to this, but an arts event also expected to attract many visitors, is the new exhibition of works by Vincent van Gogh on view at Arken, a waterside gallery to the south of central Copenhagen, on until January 20 next year.

The exhibition focuses on the famous artist’s work, spirituality and view of nature and is the first major exhibition dedicated to his paintings and drawings in Denmark for more than 50 years.

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