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Our ten most popular articles from 2021.

McKenzie Wark. Photo: Jessica Dunn Rovinelli.

1. A Rave Just for Friends

Our ongoing interview series with contemporary thinkers has proved to be a great success, so much so that it yielded the three most-read articles in the International Edition last year. Most read is Anders Dunker’s interview with Australian-born writer and scholar McKenzie Wark, who thinks we misunderstood the utopian.

Sianne Ngai. Photo: Hans Thomalla.

2. Bad Contemporaneity

Second-most read is Matthew Rana’s interview with the American cultural theorist and feminist scholar Sianne Ngai, in which she explained why art needs to embrace error in a world that is wrong.

Yuk Hui. Photo: Siu Ding.

3. Planetary Thinking

In this interview by Anders Dunker, Hong Kong-based philosopher Yuk Hui asked how art can transform technology.

Supporter of US President Donald J. Trump resting after having breached the Capitol, Washington, DC. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Ritzau Scanpix.

4. Collapsed Signal

In the aftermath of the Capitol riots in the United States on 6 January, the New York-based Danish artist Jakob S. Boeskov wrote an essay in which he went on a safari into the empire of illusion. Boeskov’s much-read article also caught the attention of the Italian magazine Not, which published a translation into Italian.

Rodrigo Ghattas-Pérez. Photo: Kristian Skylstad.

5. A Change to Norway’s Immigration Policy for Artists?

Tiril Flom interviewed Rodrigo Ghattas-Pérez, co-founder of Verdensrommet, Scandinavia’s only support network for foreign artists.

Mamma Andersson, Cuckoo Hill, 2019. Oil on linen, 90 x 118 cm. Private Collection c/o Beaumont Nathan Art Advisory © Mamma Andersson. Photo: Per-Erik Adamsson. Courtesy of the artist, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stephen Friedman Gallery and David Zwirner.

6. Sensitive Days

Nanna Friis’s review of Mamma Andersson’s laid back, yet “effortlessly confident” exhibition Humdrum Days at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Arthur Jafa, Le Rage, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

7. Triumph and Trauma

Arthur Jafa’s exhibition at Louisiana offers a virtuosic history lesson on Black American culture. It also deals a welcome blow to Danish racism, according to our critic Louis Scherfig.

Jens Haaning, profile picture from Facebook, uploaded 2016.

8. Follow the Money

The story of the museum that lent Jens Haaning half a million Danish kroner, which is now gone, became world news. Our editor in Copenhagen, Pernille Albrethsen, spoke to the artist and followed the money – and the story behind a work of art.

Ida Ekblad, The Real Flesh-Eater, 2021. Oil on canvas, artist’s frame, 160 x 125 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Peder Lund. Photo: Uli Holz.

9. Centre of Attention

“Ida Ekblad’s paintings do not comment on visual culture, they produce it,” wrote Nicholas Norton in his review of the exhibition Girl Fires Up Stove at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo.

From the delayed opening of Momentum 11 in Moss on 18 June. S-AR’s Platform Pavilion, 2021. Photo: Ingeborg Øien Thorsland.

10. Momentum Postponed Until Further Notice

The collaboration between curator Théo-Mario Coppola and Momentum Biennial was broken off just a few days before the exhibition was scheduled to open. Our Norwegian editor Stian Gabrielsen brought us the scandalous news.