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.

52museums – Day 4

Post 1: Jens Lund
Welcome to day four of our takeover. Today we will present to you Jens Lund. He was a Danish draughtsman and painter. Our museum holds a rich collection of his works as his heirs donated his oeuvre to us. Lund studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. While he lived in Paris he met Niels Hansen Jacobsen, and the two formed a close friendship. Here it’s the piece “The Green Flower” from 1899.

Post 2: The Flower of the Day and The Flower of the Night (video)
Jens Lund was a strong part of the art nouveau craze for an organic decorative flow. In 1898 he painted the contrast between good and evil symbolized in “The Flower of the Day” and “The Flower of the Night” – the latter a fin-de-siecle femme fatale. As part of a synthesist entity he also wrote a text about the paintings called ‘Forvandlede Blomster’ (‘The Flowers of Transformation’).

Post 3: The Glory of God
Jens Lund’s best known work is the almost 2 meters tall painting ”Herrens Herlighed” (The Glory of God). In its abstract form – at least a decade before abstract art was “invented” – the spectator is left free to interpret the painting. The artist presents something greater than man – perhaps the connection between heaven and earth? There is a green circular shape, like a science fiction portal. The left side is bright, colourful with soft, wavy lines opposed to the right side with dark tones and sharp, rugged forms – an abstract depiction of the opposites of life, of good and evil.

Post 4: Psychedelic Landscapes
In the late 1890’s Jens Lund drew a series of psychedelic landscapes working in a very personal interpretation of the decorative art nouveau style – a harbinger of the decorative work of the hippie movement. Spectators frequently mistake them to be drawn in the 1960’s. As Paris of the 1890´s had its opium dens, so the 1960’s had other euphoriants – not to say that Jens Lund took opium, literary descriptions of psychedelic experiences were by then available, and the drawings clearly show his joy in contrasting the art nouveau waves with sharp rugged shapes like bolts of lightning.

Post 5: Forvandlede Blomster / The Flowers of Transformation (video)
Jens Lund was of a wealthy family. At his own expense he in 1899 published his first book of drawings “Forvandlede Blomster”, The Flowers of Transformation. These two leather bound versions were exhibited at the Paris World Fair 1900. Jens Lund used the flowers as metaphors in describing aspects of human nature. Starting at a floral gate the spectator meets “Devine Arrogance”, “The Flowers of Anarchy”, “The Flowers of Sorrow” (note lui/elle – the male and female version of Sorrow), “The Flower of Reproduction”, “A Cycling Flower”. The book closes with an expressively wild gate in black and gold.
Music: ‘Til Anne’ by Anders Tærsbøl Feddersen

Post 6: Title pages (video)
Jens Lund’s studies for the title pages of the three volumes of Georg Brandes’ book on Shakespeare are dated 1896-1897. They were published in 1899 as part of Jens Lund’s book “The Flowers of Transformation.” Vol. 1: “Youth”. Vol. 2: “Mature Years”. Vol. 3: “The Final Years.”

Post 7: Livets Skove / The Forrests of Life (video)
In 1901 – once again at his own expense – Jens Lund published his second book of drawings “Livets Skove”, The Forrests of Life. He shaped the trees in different ways in order to “portray” phases of life and different emotions. Here presenting “The Forrest of Despair”, “The Forrest of the Fear of Death”, “The Forrest of the Community”, “The Forrest of Hopelessness” (predating the battlefields of The First World War!) and “The Forrest of the Visions”.
Music: ‘Impressionisme (Impression, soleil levant) – tilegnet David Abramovitz’ by Anders Tærsbøl Feddersen

Post 8: Sakuntala
Towards the end of the year 1900 Jens Lund in October, November and December made three drawings in ink and watercolour based on the Hindu tale of Shakuntala. His focus was solely on the figure of Sakuntala – here in the December-version in full figure, the two earlier versions show only her head surrounded by psychedelic art nouveau ornaments.

Post 9: Oh Darkness… (video)
We leave you today with this seemingly dark piece by Jens Lund from 1904. However, like his many pieces we have shown you, this piece too explores good and evil. If one reads the inscription at the bottom it becomes clear that this is in fact a piece exploring resilience… “OH DARKNESS THAT DEVOUR WORLDS! CEASELESSLY RISES NEW WORLDS FROM YOUR LAP. BECAUSE THE LIGHT, THE ETERNAL, THE SECRETIVE, SHINES THROUGH YOU. OH LONGING! OH HARMONY!”