The Horse Sacrifice
The original concept was to have the horse sacrifice take place at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for the exhibition Tabernakel. However, the local police authorities did not allow the horse to be stabled at the museum, and so the action was relocated to a field in Hornsherred. The tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet was, rather strategically, invited to attend the action; the reason being that the newspaper represented a different take on a “social institution” which could replace the museum as a framework and setting for the action.
The sign reads “RØDE FANE (RED BANNER), FREDERIKSBERG, MARE, 12 YEARS. THE CHIEF CONSTABLE IN ELSIONORE AND THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE HAS BANNEDD THE EXHIBITION OF LIVING ANIMALS AT THE LOUISIANA MUSEUM. THEREFORE THE HORSE IS STABLED AT STENBJERGGÅRD RIDING SCHOOL."
Tabernakel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, 1970, Bjørn Nørgaard. Remodelling the World, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010, Horses, V1 Gallery & Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017