Restoration, exploration, contemplation

Nothing burns like the cold, so what better way to enjoy winter than inside a museum? We have selected four enticing exhibitions that will last you well into the month of February.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Open Studio: A Birthday Present from the Queen
The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) invites you to watch the museum’s conservators at work as they restore one of HM Queen Magrethe II’s private paintings. A conservator will be at work in the studio on weekdays from 10:00 to 15:30 until February 28.

The painting that is currently under the scalpel is The Royal Table of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, painted by Johann Salomon Wahl in 1741. For the last fifteen years the painting has been kept in storage, as it was no longer able to withstand daylight. The restoration, which requires more than 2,200 hours of work, will bring the large-scale painting out from its covers, once again adorning our Queen’s private quarters.

In 2013, the Government of Greenland repealed the country’s zero tolerance of uranium mining. This political decision has ignited a fire in the Greenlandic-Latvian artist Bolatta Silis-Høegh, a fire that spurs on her desire to paint. In a new exhibition at North Atlantic House, she explores mankind’s relationship to — and exploitation of — nature.

Bolatta’s bleak paintings exist in a field of tension between the tangible, Greenlandic landscape and the abstract landscape of the human mind, ultimately creating a space in which we can openly confront the fear and anger that is innate in all of us.

The Winter City
During summer, Copenhagen is celebrated for making phenomenal use of its urban spaces. But every year, as soon as winter comes along, the spirit of the entire city changes dramatically, as we prefer to stay indoors and hibernate. The Winter City exhibition at Danish Architecture Centre explores how we can utilise the Copenhagen’s urban spaces in new ways during the cold months of the year. By rethinking materials, light and heat, new communities and venues can be created, enabling us to enjoy a set of new characteristics of urban winter.

Johannes and Alhed Larsen
The Funen artist couple Johannes and Alhed Larsen built their house in Kerteminde in 1901-02. The living rooms, garden, and the flowers in the windowsill proved to be an endless source of inspiration for both Johannes and Alhed, and the home became a cultural gathering place for many artists of the time.

Johannes Larsen has made a distinct contribution to Danish art history with his bird and landscape paintings. However, few people know that his outgoing wife Alhed was also a painter. In an attempt to rectify that, Ordrupgaard dedicates a part of this exhibition to her personal artworks.


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Denise Rose Hansen