Aarhus Bling: James Turrell working with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design ARoS Art Museum Expansion

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James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

James Turrell with the model of the new ARoS expansion. (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

While the world has been discussing how much Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video borrowed from James Turrell’s installations (Hint: a lot*), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Denmark announced that the artist is collaborating with Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen on the museum’s new expansion.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen with Turrell and the "The Next Level." (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

Schmidt Hammer Lassen with Turrell and the “The Next Level.” (Morten Fauerby Montgomery)

“The Next Level” expansion project will contain a 12,900-square-foot subterranean gallery and two semi-subterranean art installations, The Sphere and The Dome. Intended to “bring the museum into the elite world of modern art museums,” the extension will cost an estimated $32 million.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen originally designed the space in the early 2003 and is working with the museum and the artist to retain the building’s original integrity so the expansion will feel seamless and natural. The firm also worked with Olafur Eliasson on Your Rainbow Panorama, which opened last year.

A sketch of "The Dome" by James Turrell. (Courtesy ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum)

A sketch of “The Dome” by James Turrell. (Courtesy ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum)

“The Next Level project will develop the museum horizontally in contrast to the existing vertical movement and it is exciting to work with the great lines spanning from the river to the square of the Aarhus Music Hall. Our studio is not just designing a new room for a new artwork, we are co-creating the space and the installation simultaneously with James Turrell,” Morten Schmidt, founding partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen said in a press release.

It seems that Turrell is having quite the week. In addition to the AroS expansion, it was also reported that Yvette Lee of the Guggenheim and Whitney Museum will be the new director of the Roden Crater in Arizona (The crater’s completion date has still not been released.)

The Roden Crater in northern Arizona. (© James Turrell Studio)

The Roden Crater in northern Arizona. (James Turrell Studio)

Responding to Drake’s video set*, Turrell had a few select words. “While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f*cks with me,” wrote Turrell in a statement from his lawyer via Vice, “I nevertheless wish to make clear that neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the ‘Hotline Bling’ video.”

If you want to decide for yourself, we recommend watching the music video below and then glancing at a few installations. (If you want to go further down the bizarre rabbit hole, AN has also previously reported rumors from CityLab that “Hotline Bling” is about poor city planning.)

The Inner Way, 1999 (Florian Holzherr)

The Inner Way, 1999 (Florian Holzherr)

Amrta, 2011 (Florian Holzherr)

Amrta, 2011 (Florian Holzherr)

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