Jesper Just: This Is a Landscape of Desire

MARCH 7 – MAY 25, 2014

Jesper Just (born 1974 in Copenhagen) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art. His productions make use of mesmerizing elements of grand landscape painting as well as a hypersensitive and acute portrayal of human emotions.

This Is a Landscape of Desire highlights the most significant pieces from the past ten years of Just’s career along with a new piece also titled This Is a Landscape of Desire. The exhibition is organized by HEART— The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalog with contributions by the exhibition curator Caroline Corbetta, and assistant curator Michael Bank Christoffersen of the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is making its United States premiere at the Des Moines Art Center and the Art Center's presentation is organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario.

Due to special events, the Jesper Just films that are running in Levitt Auditorium will not be shown on the following dates:

Thursday, May 8
Wednesday, May 14
Thursday, May 15
Tuesday, May 20
Thursday, May 22

All other films will continue to be screened. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

This Is a Landscape of Desire is curated by Carolin Corbetta and assistance curator Michael Bank Christoffersen and organized in collaboration with HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art Denmark.

Support for the Des Moines Art Center's presentation of this exhibition is provided by Marty Gross
and Grand View University – The Andreasen Fund for Danish Cultural Studies. 


Jesper Just
Sirens of Chrome, 2010
12:38 minutes
Single-channel projected video installation
Photo credit: © Jesper Just

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