21.1. – 12.8.2018
J.L. Jensen (1800-1856) – popularly known as Blossom-Jensen – is the leading flower painter of the Danish Golden Age. While flower painting was traditionally a low status genre, Jensen devoted himself to the portrayal of sensuous fruits and bouquets in glowing colours for which he is known and loved today. His oeuvre also includes kitchen pieces, hunting scenes and bird portraits.
Jensen drew inspiration from Dutch baroque art of the 1600s, while reinvigorating the genre by investing floral arrangements with symbolic content and mixing Danish flora with exotic flowers and birds. The work of Blossom-Jensen signifies the dream of everlasting beauty and eternal life, the dream of sustaining the blossoming of youth and seizing the moment. Here and there motifs of mutability and memento mori emerge, reminding us that nothing lasts forever.
The exhibition is accompanied by both Golden Age poetry and contemporary works of poetry which likewise revolve around themes of natural beauty and impermanence.
We look forward to unveiling a major exhibition featuring the cartoonist and illustrator Jens Hage (born 1948), known from the annual satirical Blæksprutten and the Danish newspaper Berlingske. His caricatures are the highlight of the day for many newspaper readers and constitute a piece of Danish history. Hage is related to the museum’s founder, Johannes Hage (1842-1923), and the exhibition focuses on the role of humour and caricature in art and culture.