Let beauty rule!
13.2. – 16.6.19
William Morris (1834-1896) revolutionised British design, and many Danes know his nature-inspired, patterned fabrics and colourful wallpapers that have retained their popularity to this day all around the world. A less-known fact about Morris is that everything he did was motivated by his revolutionary spark, and that Morris was one of England’s first socialists. The artist aspired to make life and the world in general better with his designs by putting beauty front and centre. This exhibition shows off Morris’ beautiful and evocative universe of wallpapers, fabrics, furniture, stained glass, texts, books and more. Morris’ own works are also accompanied by those of his closest partners, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb. The exhibition is the product of a collaboration with Millesgården in Stockholm, Sweden, where the exhibition will initially be shown before arriving in Nivå in early 2019.
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Running almost concurrently with the Morris exhibition, the narrow passage in the museum’s northern end will be converted by the artist Julie Boserup into a collage installation that promises to be both engulfing and varied. Using historical archive photos, landscape paintings and coloured surfaces, Boserup will create an illusory space in which the borders between the inside and outside and the spatial and infinite meet. Boserup has drawn inspiration from the museum’s history, its original facade and the beautiful art and scenic nature around us. Boserup is particularly interested in the wealth of visual material we are surrounded by, and she devotes her work to breathing new life into often forgotten and overlooked pictures.
L.A. RING & H.A. BRENDEKILDE
20.9.19 – 26.1.20
The exhibition Artist Brothers is coming to the Nivaagaard Collection this autumn. The focus of the exhibition is on artists L.A. Ring (1854-1933) and H.A. Brendekilde (1857-1942) and their unusual artistic journey together from 1880-1920. Both of them came from poor backgrounds, sharing a room and studio in Copenhagen in certain periods.
Ring and Brendekilde lived in a time marked by great political and social upheaval. The exhibition shares the hitherto untold story of the close friendship between these brothers-in-art and their shared artistic ideal. They shared a number of subjects and existential themes, which they worked on in the realistic breakthrough works of the 1880s and, later, in their symbolic life-interpreting works in the 1890s.
The exhibition, which has come about thanks to a collaboration with Randers Art Museum and Brandts in Odense, features a large selection of Ring’s and Bredekilde’s best paintings as well as several ceramic and glass works.