– INTO THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Visitors of all ages are cordially invited to a first encounter (or a long-overdue reunion) with the wonderful and enigmatic world of Hans Scherfig (1905 – 1979).
The renowned Danish painter and author never actually saw the jungle or savannah with his own eyes. Even so, throughout his life he dreamt of elephants, giraffes, rhinos and primates in their natural habitats. His wanderlust is clearly evident in his most famous novels such as The Stolen Spring and The Missing Bureaucrat, and his yearning to travel to exotic destinations also shines through in his vivid jungle paintings. Scherfig’s paintings focus on friendly and easy-going herbivores, living in a world without predators and killer instinct.
Scherfig’s imagination was fuelled by visits to the Botanical Garden and Copenhagen Zoo. Africa, Asia and South America were distant lands when he was a schoolboy. Today, we worry that nature’s biggest creatures will soon be a distant memory; Scherfig’s animals are currently highly endangered, and we ought to treasure and respect them for as long as we can.
STORIES ABOUT MOTHERS
Everyone has a mother. Some people eventually become mothers themselves. The mother’s role is an integral part of human existence and changes gradually through the various stages of life. Motherhood is routinely romanticised, discussed, idealised and critiqued. The exhibition Stories About Mothers features religious and secular mother and child portraits and discusses the role of motherhood from a historical perspective up to modern times through a number of different themes. The Painting Collection’s exhibition will focus mainly on older works from before 1900. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art will be running an exhibition on motherhood with a focus on the subject in modern art during the same period. The two museums’ exhibitions will accordingly complement one another, and the museums are working together on different levels. The Nivaagaard exhibition will feature key works from other Danish and international museums, private collectors and the museum’s own collection.