Ursula Reuter Christiansen. The Executioner

8 Feb 2018 – 10 Jun 2018


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​Men drinking beer, a grave, a field of poppies and the killing of a woman. A new exhibition unfolds the universe surrounding the short film The Executioner – one of the most important works within Danish feminist art.


‘The next great moment in history is ours’. That is how Ursula Reuter Christiansen ends her art film The Executioner from 1971.

In this short film, Reuter Christiansen revolts against the roles traditionally attributed to women – for example that of ‘mother’. She does so by quite literally killing a woman. The film consists of a series of tableaux in which the central female protagonist meets other characters. She encounters the Executioner in a field of poppies; she meets an exhausted soldier, whom she breastfeeds; and she comes across a flock of beer-swilling men digging her grave. The film is a key work within early Danish feminist art.

A constantly evolving work 
Working in close co-operation with Ursula Reuter Christiansen, SMK has created an immersive large-scale installation based on the original film. The exhibition allows you to explore the entire universe surrounding The Executioner through sound, pictures and objects.
You can also delve into the artist’s continuing work on the film’s themes from then to the present day – and see how the film was received among the feminist scenes in Denmark and Germany at the time.

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