With only two more weeks to go, Denmark’s first international festival for contemporary art is generating much buzz. U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, through November 9, marks a turning point for contemporary art in Denmark. The idea behind the festival is a performative turn — a turn marking a radical change of direction and orientation to create situations where something new can occur.

U-TURN’s catalog alone contains more than 80 pages of photographs documenting the exhibit and the works of 64 artists. In addition, the catalog offers three larger essays — “Proxy-walls” by the art critic Boris Buden, “Never Say Never Again” by the art historian Camilla Jalving, and “Might the best cure for fear be curiosity?” by the curators and which describes the ideas behind the exhibition.

The main exhibition will be on the grounds of the former Carlsberg brewery in the city of Copenhagen, inside the old tap factory Tap E, as well as in the Academy garden, which is open to the public for the first time. In the city center, Nikolaj CCAC will serve as a second venue. The exhibition continues outside on streets, squares, walls and in the harbor with a total of 12 public art projects. Several other art projects will be staged in collaboration with a wide range of institutions including Camp X, Cinemateket, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Takkelloftet (The Opera).