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In a brief moment, your idea can appear complete and tangible.

Then you start to concretize the idea, attempting to word it or build it, but this very act of realization will inevitably distort it.

We wish to freeze that very moment, in which an idea appears complete and tangible in all its simplicity.

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Project introduction: Bubble, 2011

For many years it has been of interest for us to question the structures of society through destructive forces such as fire. This year, our interest has shifted to its radical pole, that is, how to construct something as fragile as possible, and to make it last. This interest has now developed into being our new art project named Bubble.

Bubble is a site-specific installation presenting a free-floating bubble of around 2 - 5 meters in diameter, which will be hanging in the air above the spectators, displaying a pattern of fluctuating rainbow colours known from regular soap bubbles.

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at the lab building the bubble

First resoults deliver by the lab 6/29/11

Coliseum on Fire

Burning the Roots of Western Culture

Rome, September 17-18-19 2010
A Video installation by Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz
Curated by Gianni Mercurio, Christina Clausen
Rossella Rea, Piero Meogrossi - Special Department for Rome's Archaeological Heritage

Coliseum on Fire
In September the Coliseum will burn down! Coliseum on Fire is the title for this seductive and spectacular artistic gesture that involves the world's most famous ancient monument: the Coliseum.


Ash Works

mixed flesh, books and charcoal ash
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Text By Gianni Mercurio

As long as the Coliseum exists, Rome will exist; when the Coliseum falls, Rome will also fall; but when Rome falls the world will fall too. - The Venerable Bede, early 8th century

In the first decades of the twentieth century the historic avant-garde movements realized that it was possible to replace representations of objects with a straightforward presentation of them. But whoever would have believed that, in time, nature itself would then be added to them? It was in the 1960s above all that a series of genial ideas led to the use of the four natural elements: air, earth, fire, and water. Read More...

Paintings text by Lisbeth Bonde

Kunstnerduoen Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz er først og fremmest kendt for deres videooptagelser af ild, som de projicerer på bygninger i en 1:1 live illusion, der er så virkelighedsnær, at intetanende, der nærmer sig det virtuelle flammehav, kommer i alarmberedskab, fordi de fejlagtige antager, at det er en faretruende brand. Som skabere af ’City on Fire’ har de sat virtuel ild til AroS i Aarhus og til Domkirken i København – og til et antal bygninger og momumenter i udlandet i Rom, Berlin, Seoul, Gdansk, Ukraine og Frankfurt, og i efteråret 2010 udfører de en storladen, virtuel ’afbrænding’ af en af verdens syv vidundere: Colosseum i Rom.


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sculpture set, on jesmonite

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Viewed from outside, the work is a great circle located in the ceiling from which white light is spreading in to the room. The moment the viewer enters the circle, the white light will be broken as in a prism, and 52 contrast-colored shadows will be thrown into a star shape around the viewer. This makes all the colors, which previously have been present in the white light, visible to the viewer as a color palette on the floor.

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RAI mini documentary



Venus Print
-A reminder that fertility is not simply a given gift… by Caroline Levisse

People passing by or entering Ørestad High School will get a real surprise: a giant breast with milk progressively flowing out of the nipple is hung in the entrance hall. This immense (the balloon is 9 meters of diameter) and fascinating video-installation, called Venus of Willendorf, is the last creation of the Danish-Argentinean couple Venus of Willendorf, which is at once entertaining and deeply meaningful.




Right here, where in the bright light the past and the present can recognise each other.
Olga Miłogrodzka


According to Jan Assmann – a German Egyptologist – people live only through the last 80 years of history, which look back over the living generations. Next, the experience gives way to cultural memory, passed from generation to generation.Amongst the residents of Gdańsk a mere 10% experienced the end of World War II, and even less its outbreak. This year’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War II aims at retaining a clear picture of 1939 events in the memory of the remaining 90% of the population. It’s a good opportunity to give those events some thought and see what image of war will emerge before our eyes, and what image we want to commemorate.

Blood trophy, human blood and polimers.

Pure blood
Due to bloods importance in life, it is symbolically loaded. Therefore the moving of blood between bodies can be seen as more than a surgical innovation because blood is strongly symbolically charged and connected with identity and affiliation. This means that blood, as a vital fluid, gives powerful, cultural, ethic and religious associations. This symbolical dimension of blood is often linked to the terms; blood bonds, blue blood and good or bad blood.
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Seoul Museum of art

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Haus Hardenberg

architectural unit on a symbolic fire.

December 5 2008
THilden & Diaz – “Fire at Haus Hardenberg”

‘Burning the roots of western culture’ - This is the subtitle of an ongoing art project by the Danish-Argentinean artist duo Hilden & Diaz, creating huge symbolic fires in cities around Europe. Each night in 3 weeks of December, a fire will enlighten Haus Hardenberg in the central West Berlin.


Esbjer Kunst Museum

- Locus Dei og Kunsten at udvide blikket
"Information" 8. oktober 2007, af: Matthias Hvass Borello

Kan en teolog og en kunstner blive enige om noget som helst? Kan man forene to felter, som længe har været skilt ad? Og hvad har et 1500-tals-krucifiks fra Løgumkloster - 'Locus Dei', som munkene kaldte det - til fælles med Bjørn Nørgaards 'Hesteofring' og en bunke skiffertegl fra Sønderho Kirke? Intet, hvis du ikke kigger efter ...

"Kunsten og religionen er stivnet i en dogmatik, som tilnærmer sig fundamentalismens indskrænkethed. Efterårets udstilling -Ansigt- på Esbjerg Kunstmuseum forsøger at bryde denne dogmatik og blander rask væk kunst og religiøse relikvier hentet fra blandt andet Løgumkloster. Målet er at udvide publikums blik og påpege, at religionen og kunsten udspringer fra det samme forhold til virkeligheden. Installationsview, Foto: Per Bak Jensen"

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Sankt Katharinenkirche im feuer

The artwork ’Kirche im Feuer’ by the visual artists Hilden & Diaz (Copenhagen) has been selected as one of the highligts during LUMINALE, Biennale LichtKultur in Frankfurt. The burning church by Hilden & Diaz is one among many huge installations performed by Bill Viola, James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson and other contemporary artists working with light. 

Open 6 - 11 April 2008, from 21.00 - 24.00
Katharinenkirche an der U-bahn Hauptwache
Neue Krame 26
Frankfurt Rhein-Main

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Copenhagen Cathedral on Fire

- A symbolic monument to the terror of the past

September 1st - 11th, 2007
Copenhagen Cathedral
Nørregade 8
DK - 1165 København K.

City on Fire
On September 1st, 2007, a radical and spectacular art exhibition opens in the Church of Our Lady: The Danish-Argentinean artist duo Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz will set Copenhagen Cathedral on fire. Or rather: the vaults and the altar section – with Thorvaldsen´s world renowned and moving sculpture of Christ – will serve as projection surfaces for video projections showing a violent fire, that will be ’ignited’ every night between September 1st – 11th.

Copenhagen Cathedral on Fire is part of Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz´ international, aesthetic manifestation City on Fire. Around the end of the year 2005 the duo exhibited their first installations in Rome at the Danish Institute and the Trevi Fountain respectively. It was not a coincidence that Rome became the first setting for the project, seeing that the city possesses a significant symbolic value, that is closely related to the intentions of City on Fire.

The subtitle of the first ‘burnings’ – and later also of the installation
ARoS on Fire, which was shown in Aarhus in January 2007 – was ”Burning the Roots of Western Culture”; and even if City on Fire is not meant as a political but rather as an aesthetic manifesto, the work contains at its core a fundamental wish to direct attention to the destruction that is a latent part of Western culture. This is also emphasized by the installation Copenhagen Cathedral on Fire, which marks the bicentennial of the English bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.

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Fire as Spiritual and Holy Symbol By Julie Damgaard

The Eternal Fire

The flame is an image of fundamental properties for the living and human existence.  - Peer F. Bundgård(1).

Fire: it has been with us ever since mankind first encountered it. It has been an indispensable, if not always trustworthy, partner in our historical development. With fire we keep a stark relationship with a sometimes faithless character: fully restrained one moment, wholly undisciplined the next. It brings us warmth, but also burns. It keeps danger away, but also reveals our presence. Summons to poetic revery, but also hypnotizes and dazzles us. At times it has left us abandoned, only to return again. Of the four elements– earth, fire, water, and air –fire is the ardent brother. Despite its tumultuous temperament, despite the fact that it is composed not only of benevolent, but also malicious powers, of these four elemental “siblings” it is fire that mankind has always been able to identify with best. Like us, fire is one of the living – a living, upright creature. It is born, needs nourishment and oxygen, it ages and dies.

ARoS Museum

- Burning the Roots of Western Culture

 The Illusion of Fire
In the first month of the New Year a rare work of art can be experienced in ARoS Museum of Art in Århus, the biggest museum in Scandinavia. It appears in the darkness of the evening like a violent arson attack on the successful museum at the top of a hill in the centre of the city. It is the Danish-Argentinean artist couple, Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz who figuratively speaking set fire to AroS with their video project ‘City on Fire’. With this seductive and spectacular gesture they point to the fragility and temporary character of the building, thereby helping to contribute to destabilising the familiar picture of the city of Århus.
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Beauty of destruction Af Kasper Green Krejberg

Forundelige flammer 
"Hvis vi fornægter, at krig og terror kan have et kunstnerisk potentiale, fornægter vi det vestlige demokratis fremtid og, værre endnu, muligheden for at tænke verden på ny." Read More...


Old Houses Ablaze

Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz destabilize European cultural history by setting monuments on fire.

The Danish-Argentinean artist couple Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz set the monuments of western cultural history on fire in their joint and ongoing video project “City on Fire.” With their seductive and spectacular artistic gesture, they reveal the fragile and transitory nature of these man-made constructions, and thereby destabilize prevailing order. The old monuments serve as weighty expressions for western culture and identity, and have to a certain extent functioned as templates for later constructions in cultural history. As such they constitute a physical foundation for western self-understanding, which the two artists unpack and recast in their edgy work. The artist couple chose these historical monuments and institutions with great care, only to then consign them to the flames in their large-scale and dramatically staged work. These ephemeral works tend to release equal parts of anger and joy from the audience; the illusion is so convincing, and our instinctive reaction to fire so deeply engrained, that we immediately place ourselves on guard when we see such cherished buildings drowning in flame.

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trevi fountain

Removal of the old
On New Year´s Eve Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz project moving flames on the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Naturally stone cannot burn, but the symbolism is evident: the artists illustrate terrorist acts and cultural destruction. Their work is not aggressive. They create a beautiful symbol of destruction at a time when Europe is at war. Both Italy and Denmark have troops in Iraq.

Trevi Fountain

Burning of a Library for Classical Studies Print

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We Don't Need No WaterBy Line Rosenvinge

We take pride in our cultural institutions. They reassure us of the refinement of our civilization. Every little city of a certain size feels the need for a cultural institution. Along with a town hall and a church, a museum make things seem complete.

ls the essence of culture linked to other constructs than the buildings that house cultural products? Would there be no culture, if these cultural institutions were destroyed?

thanks to suporters


Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz.
Montana, Bekket fonen. ARoS Museum, NanoLab Alborg.


Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz.
Curated by Gianni Mercurio, - Special Department for Rome's Archaeological Heritage, Ministry for the Protection of the Environment, and the Rome City Council.
The exhibition is supported by
Montana Peter Lassen, special thanks for the economic support of Kent wolfsen and Henrik Cederholm & The Danish Art Agency
A warm special thanks to René Offersen & Coliseum Staff.

Sankt Katharinenkirche:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Special thanks to Werner Schneider-Quindeau & architect Karen Hilden.
The exhibition is supported by
Sankt Katharinenkirche & EKHN-Stiftung, special thanks to MONTANA & Yellow Duck´s
A warm special thanks to the Katharinenkirche Staff.

Vor Frue Kirke:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Special thanks to architect Karen Hilden, Korsør Fire Academy, Steen Linde - Weisscam, Ulla Tofte & Golden Days, Peter Lassen - MONTANA. And Wonderfull Copenhagen
The exhibition is supported by
Oticon Foundation, MONTANA & Golden Days. A worm special thanks to the Vor Frue Kirke Staff

ARoS Museum:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Special thanks to ARoS, architect Karen Hilden, Korsør Fire Academy, Peter Lassen - MONTANA, the workmen from AVCenter, René Offersen,
The exhibition is supported by
MONTANA, Kunstrådets Billedkunstudvalg, Margot & Thorvald Dreyers Fond samt Ernst B. Sunds Fond.

Rome, Trevi Fountain:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz:
Many thanks to Michael Jensen, The Danish Institute in Rome and SupperClub
The exhibition is supported by
Kunstrådets Billedkunstudvalg

Pinchuk Foundation:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Many thanks to Pinchuk foundation staff. The exhibition is supported by Viktor Pinchuk Foundation.

Seoul Museum of Art:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Many thanks to the staff. The exhibition is supported by Seoul Museum of art

Haus Hardenberg:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Many thanks to MONTANA staff and Haus Hardenberg building: GMP architects, NRG, AON & GFB Schepper architects. Speciall thanks to Kvadrat, Peter Lassen and Axel Hein.

Vor Frue Kirke - Permanent Installation advisory board:
Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Members: Bente Brønnum Scavenius, Malene Landgreen, Rene Offersen, Peter Lassen, Nanna Kalinka Bjarke & Thyra Hilden - Pio Diaz.

Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz
Special thanks to Holy trynity church, Olga Miłogrodzka & Galeria Swietojanska.

The exhibition is supported by Ministerstwo Kultury, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury, & GDansk Commune.
Pio Diaz - Thyra Hilden