The Cisterns

The Cisterns, the former water reservoir beneath the green grass of Søndermarken park across from Frederiksberg Castle, is a unique exhibition venue in Copenhagen.

Buried deep beneath Søndermarken's green grass in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen is a massive underground space, where daylight never reaches. Here, you will find a dark, cold and moist underground world resembling the environment of cathedrals and gloomy catacombs.

Once the spacious venue was the city's cisterns filled with 16 million liters of drinking water, but now the water is gone and has been replaced by art exhibitions and various events about the architecture and unique climate.

Eva Koch

That Dream of Peace was made specifically for The Cisterns by Eva Koch. The exhibition takes its departure in the idea of survival and the belief that despite the world’s terrorism, war and destruction there is always life and growth. Children play – also while bombs are exploding. Flowers grow forth even on muddy battlefields and doves flutter freely between symbol and reality – between war and peace. These fundamental topics are unfolded by Koch in videoinstallations that light up in the darkness of The Cisterns.

A large projection of 15 metres are projected directly on one of the dripstone-filled walls of The Cisterns. The visuals shifts between images of playing children held in black/white and recordings of the quivering, red poppies of summer. Deeper into The Cisterns trees will flourish and cast of their leafs in and endless cycle, while white doves appear in a vision of cooing and wing beats.

Eva Koch’s poetic handling of The Cisterns is on display from the 2nd of March untill the 30th of November 2016.

Opening hours
03/03/2015 - 29/11/2015 Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
01/03/2016 - 30/11/2016 Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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Søndermarken, Roskildevej 28
2000 Frederiksberg


+45 3073 8032


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