VIGGO JOHANSEN’S WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS
27.6. – 1.9.2019
This summer, the Nivaagaard Collection is putting on an exhibition with the Skagen painter Viggo Johansen’s (1851-1935) watercolour works on loan from the Art Museums of Skagen. Johansen captures the essence of the scenery around Skagen and other places in these lovely small studies, which number just over 50 in total. The artist employs the power of light on the glossy paper, creating figures and a sense of motion with simple strokes and fluid range of colours. A drawing workshop has been set up in connection with the exhibition, giving you the opportunity to create your own artistic works with pencils and watercolour.
Viggo Johansen was married to Martha Johansen (maiden name Møller), cousin of Anna Ancher (maiden name Brøndum). The couple had six children together. Johansen has been somewhat overshadowed by other famous Skagen painters, but he was part of the artistic circle as well as a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he also spent many years teaching at the academy’s college for women.
BROTHERS IN ART.
L.A. RING & H.A. BRENDEKILDE
22.9.19 – 26.1.20
The Nivaagaard Collection is thrilled to announce the exhibition Brothers in Art, coming this autumn. The focus of the exhibition is on the unusual artistic partnership between the artists L.A. Ring (1854-1933) and H.A. Brendekilde (1857-1942), which took place in the period 1880-1920. Both men came from a poor background, and there were periods where they shared a room as well as a studio together in Copenhagen.
Ring and Brendekilde lived in a time of major political and social upheaval. This exhibition delves into the untold story of the close friendship of these two brothers in art and their shared artistic ideal. They shared a number of subjects and existential themes which they explored in their realistic breakthrough works of the 1880s as well as through their more 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 Brendekilde’s best paintings as well as several ceramic and glass works.
– 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.