Giant Fundamentalism-sculpture exhibited
1.       Invitation to opening exhibition of the art installation ’Fundamentalism’
2.       Probably the worlds largest art manifestation within the subject
3.       ­­­100.000s of working hours, tons of materials and 600 quotes.
4.       Terror in Paris emphasize necessity of the dialogue project.
5.       Vernissage at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad
6.       Dialogue at exhibition.
7.       Online inter-activities.

  Skulturen i pamorama salen på Sikeborg Bad
I hereby invite you to attend the opening exhibition of the art installation ’Fundamentalism’. This monumental sculpture is a part of the art project The Children of Abraham which focus on the monotheistic dogmas. It is with great pleasure (and a lot of pride) that we prepare to open the projects first full exhibition at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad in Denmark. The inauguration happens this Saturday, January 17. We know that you live far away and probably cannot make it. But you still deserve an invitation.  :-)
This art project must be one of the world’s largest art manifestations to stage religious interconnectedness and religious fundamentalism and extremism. With it, we hope to start a constructive, inclusive dialogue on the subject. See introduction mail.
The work of realizing this huge project has been an immense achievement. The initiator of the project is the Danish artist Jens Galschiot. He and a large number of employees and volunteers have literally spent hundreds of thousands of working hours on the project. 5 tons of copper have been used for the sculptures, along with 10 tons of steel, 3 tons of wax, 8.000 wax books (molded into Bibles, Torah’s and Qurans), 1 full kilometer of rolled copper plates, 6.000 rivets and 75 flat screens with minicomputers. In addition to building the sculptures, 2 years have been spent on finding 300 of the brightest and 300 of the darkest quotes from the Torah, the Bible and the Koran.
The terrorist attack in Paris has, sadly, made both the sculpture and dialogue project even more relevant. With this project, the artist starts a difficult and very sensitive discussion about religious fundamentalism. Focusing on how similar the religions really are, for better or worse, he opens up for a dialogue and bridge-building-process that he believes is so badly needed.
The artist Jens Galschiøt has thought the project through thoroughly as for whether his sculpture 'Fundamentalism' could provide a basis for violent reactions. But the core of the project is very balanced. It focuses on Judaism, Christianity and Islam and argues that all three religions essentially contain the same dark and bright sides. And that one can build a very benevolent society as well as a totalitarian regime, from all the three religions.
In relation to the terrorist attack, Galschiot has sent out this press release and he is not in doubt that he shall carry out the project as planned – it has only become more needed.
This weekend the sculpture was erected at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad in Denmark. It took 8 men, a woman, two huge trucks, a manitou and a truck three days to carry out the work. You can see the result on the photo above and the photos on the web  We are very pleased with the result and the heavy letters could just fit into the splendid panorama hall of the Art Centre. It's great to see the sculpture erected. Despite its colossal dimensions it almost seems to float, and inside the circle is a Zen-like tranquility.
A number of initiatives are made to strengthen the dialogue without directly involving the sculpture Fundamentalism. In this way the broader public can participate too.
Activities around the exhibition
  •  6 minor-sculptures ‘Pillars of Scriptures’ have been placed in schools and libraries in the provincial town of Silkeborg in Denmark, to nurrish the dialogue outside Art Centre Silkeborg Bad.
  • At the Art Gallery, dialogue rooms are established. Here one find educational material, literature and interactive activities.
  •  Prejudice-quote-quiz. On the online quiz, one has to guess from which of the 3 books various quotes originate. By collecting points it is possible to win a copper book from the sculpture.
  •  All 600 quotes are presented digitally in 8 different languages. They are divided into subjects like ’clothing’, ‘slaves’ and ‘women’
  •  A screen saver with the brightest and darkest quotations from the sculpture can be downloaded for free.  
After the exhibition at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad the project will start a tour to different locations, probably starting with Luxemburg Square by the EU parliament in Bruxelles. There is still some openings in the program so do take contact if you want us to exhibit in your country.
Contact the Secretariat at or at +45 6618 4058 (or +45 6170 3083)
Best regards
Chief of communications Lasse Markus
Invitation to the opening exhibition of the sculpture installation ‘Fundamentalism’
On Saturday January 17th, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad opens the exhibition of the largest known art manifestation focusing on religious interconnectedness and Fundamentalism.
The giant sculpture Fundamentalism is made by the Danish sculptor Jens Galschiøt and is a part of his art and dialogue project The Children of Abraham.
It has taken 5 years to construct the sculpture and we would be honored to see you, with companion to this large event.
  • 11:00am            The Artcentre opens
  • 11:30am            Sculptor Jens Galschiøt introduces the work
  • 12:30pm            Sculptor Jens Galschiøt introduces the work again
  • 2:00pm             Opening speech by Bishop Henrik Stubkjær amongst others
  • 5:00pm             The band HUDNA plays world music (three different cultures, religions and musical cultures merge. The group won the award for ‘best world track’ at the Danish Music Awards in 2013 and 2014).
  • 6:00pm             The Art Centre closes.
Best regards
Art Centre Silkeborg Bad and artist Jens Galschiøt.
About The Art Exhibition
Art Centre Silkeborg Bad - Denmark
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm – 4 pm.
Sundays and bank holidays 11am – 5pm.
Denmark, 8600 Silkeborg, Gjessøvej 40– ph: 8681 6329
The exhibition can be seen until April 19th 2015.
Info about Fundamentalism & The Children of Abraham 
See introduction-mail about the art- and dialogue project The Children of Abraham
Introduction movie about the sculpture and project. 16 minutes
Photos from the erection of the sculpture at Art Centre Silkeborg Bad.
Concept about the sculpture project in different languages: Danish, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, and Arabic.
Contact to The Children of Abraham.
Chief of communication Lasse Markus 6618 4058/mobil 6170 3083
General information about Galschiøt
About Jens Galschiøt See Wikipedia:
Portrait of Jens Galschiøt (engelsk) CV (PDF) 
Galschiots Homepage: Galleri Galschiøt
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