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COPENHAGEN: Fur: An Issue of Life and Death

This controversial major fur exhibition, Fur: An Issue of Life and Death, at Copenhagen’s National Museum aims to examine fur and the beauty of it, whilst simultaneously confronting the subject of animal slaughter in a raw and unflinching manner. The exhibition explores many past and present day issues relating to fur, including how fur hunting and trade plays a crucial role in the lives of Arctic people, as well as the economic development of modern nations, particularly Denmark which controls 30% of the world’s mink trade. The display houses around 2,000 contemporary and historical artefacts, alongside video interviews from fashion designers, fur producers, researchers and animal rights activists, while visitors can try on donated fur coats and pose for selfies, with options including mink and ocelot. In the modern section of the exhibition, find an array of furs by designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Danish designer Nikoline Liv Andersen and pieces from Saga Fur and Kopenhagen Fur. –Emily Cater

Fur: An Issue of Life and Death

The National Museum of Denmark

Ny Vestergade 10 / 45 33134411

On view through February 22, 2015

Images courtesy of WWD

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