52museums – Day 7

Post 1: Ingrid Vang Nyman
Today we will be focusing on The Vejen Art Museum’s interaction with present day artists and what’s going on in Vejen right now. Did you know that the iconic drawings of Pippi Longstocking – the world’s strongest girl – were made by Danish Ingrid Vang Nyman from Vejen?!

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Post 2: Concrete in modern art (video)
The Vejen Art Museum’s Troll Fountain was modelled in concrete in 1923. In recent years the museum has invited sculptors to present new work exploring concrete as an art medium. Esben Klemann made the paving stones “grow” into a Loch-Ness-like arch in 2013. Karin Lorentzen, in 2014, created a look-out-point by Kongeåen – the Danish-German boarder 1864-1920. And in 2014 Sophus Ejler Jepsen modelled the large plant pots for the town of Vejen.
Music: ‘Øster Alle’ by Anders Tærsbøl Feddersen


Post 3: Museum gates (video)
In 2013-2015 the museum garden was completely remade. Guests now enter through a series of gates modelled by present day Danish sculptors. The project was initiated by Jens Lund’s decorative gate drawings from the 1890’s. To the north are Bjørn Nørgaard’s and Eva Steen Christensen’s gates. To the east Erik Heide has created a full 14 meter long fence with gates at either end, and to the south guests pass through Marianne Jørgensen’s gate – four very different aspects of Danish sculpture. Guests now meet art right out at the curbstone.
Music: ‘Øster Alle’ by Anders Tærsbøl Feddersen

Post 4: Renovation and expansion (video)
The Vejen Art Museum has just received a grant of 28,6 mill. Dkr. from the A.P. Møller Foundation. They will be financing a new building where the long passage presently stands. 167 m2 will be turned into 1000 m2 at four levels – two of them under ground. Work may be starting as early as July 2017… The museum buildings from 1924 will stay open throughout the period of construction.

Post 5: Ingrid Vang Nyman (video)
In 1945 the Danish artist Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916-1959) created the first drawings of Pippi Longstocking and became Astrid Lindgren’s favorite illustrator. Ingrid Vang Nyman came from Vejen and her relatives have donated her artistic life’s work to the Vejen Art Museum. Her uncle was the polar explorer Peter Freuchen. In her 1948-series of lithographs of ‘The Children of the World’ she shared with the children her own dream of exploring the world, something she got to know only through research at the museums and libraries. The detail in her works often misleads visitors to think that she in fact travelled extensively, in fact the level of detail is a result of her insistence on accuracy.

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Post 6: Landscape drawing by Ingrid Vang Nyman
The Danish artist Ingrid Vang Nyman lived in Sweden from about 1943 to 1953 revolutionizing the way Swedish children’s books were illustrated. She was fond of clear, bright colours and used a strong black contour and a perspective much inspired by Japanese woodprints. Our collection holds examples of her studies of masters such as Hokusai, she has meticulously copied his penmanship so as to learn. Her landscape here is from the outskirts of Stockholm but somehow it also seems to relate to Japan.

Post 7: Bye Bye
That’s all from us. It’s been a pleasure introducing The Vejen Art Museum and Danish art to you. We hope you’ve enjoyed it. We will let Ingrid Vang Nyman and Pippi Longstocking say GOOD BYE!!!
We hope you might come visit us some day.

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