Architecture as a mode of social protest: Modernity boosted by Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen

Architects and designers create works that visually impact the viewer. In this case, we see a replica of the famous work of Le Corbusier floating in the middle of a Danish fjord created by Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen.


The Vejle Kunstmuseum has called the summer program called ‘Floating Art’ in which numerous young people and architects have participated in the Danish fjord Vejle Fjord, in Denmark. The ten works participating in this program are selected through an open call for the creation of works of art that participate in an active dialogue with water as a theme and environment.

“Flooded Modernity” by Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen shows a partial replica of the well-known Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier stranded in the Danish fjord of Vejle Fjord.


Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen works with modern architecture and the Villa Savoye of 1931 in his paintings, the character of Le Corbusier plays an important role in his work. He has designed the building 25 times, painted it nine times and most recently designed the house in 1: 2 for the Art 2018 exhibition. “The house expresses Le Corbusier’s five new principles of architecture as a stay of the floating machine: the facade free, the house on pillars, roof, the open floor and the horizontal window in band “.

When the Flooded Modernity sinks in the Vejle fjord, it is a proposal of the artist that we must remember to protect our critical use of reason, a pillar of modern society. With the last years of political events such as the Brexit, the election of Trump and the advances in ascent in Europe, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen sees a critical audience particularly challenged.


The artist shows us the installation as a half-submerged vision of a possible future. It is also a critical commentary on the importance of modernity today; as a “reflection on the collapse of the public sphere after the disclosure of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the manipulation of democratic elections through social networks”.

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Pictures: Floating Art 2018

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