Papirøen, or Paper Island, located in Copenhagen Harbour, is an area in the Danish capital that’s constantly bustling with activity.
Formerly off-limits to the public, the large, industrial halls served as paper storage for the Procurement of the Danish Press for decades. Once that contract was terminated the halls were left empty.
Today, the area is undergoing a huge transformation, partly thanks to Copenhagen Contemporary (CC), an independent institution established in 2015 that works to create an international center for contemporary art and cultural experiences in Copenhagen.
CC has been given the opportunity to rent 3,400 m2 of the former paper halls on Papirøen in the Copenhagen Inner Harbour beside the Opera and opposite the Playhouse and Nyhavn.
From until the end of 2017 CC has been busy transforming the halls will into a place for changing exhibitions with artists who have aroused great attention internationally. There’s room to show an array of technically demanding and space-requiring formats: large art installations of light, sound and motion, sculptural landscapes, performance and monumental video art on many screens.
Opening in May 2018, CC’s finished project will thrive on the collaboration with external actors including Copenhagen Street Food and Copenhagen Art Week. Housing an evening wine bar, design shop, events and exhibitions of contemporary art, indoors as well as outdoor, the Papirøen’s harbour area, will turn into an open, relaxed meeting place for people of all ages.
CC’s goal is to create an up-to-date international center for the great art of the 21st century in the Danish capital. And to let an eager audience enjoy it while getting a taste of delectable food in the meantime. Hop over to Paper Island as the Danish do – by bike. The 5 minute ride brings you right past culinary favourite Noma via the bridge that connects Paper Island to Copenhagen’s trendy Nyhavn disctrict.