ECHO ROOM. Thorvaldsen, Willumsen, Jorn and their Collections
10 June – 31 December 2018
The exhibition is about artists’ collections and explores the development of art history as it comes to expression in the private collections of Bertel Thorvaldsen, J.F. Willumsen and Asger Jorn. Their collections include so-called masterpieces as well as items normally considered worthless: works by forgotten artists, folk art, copies and curiosities.
The artists’ collections represent alternative ideas of which artworks are essential and offer other types of picture groupings than those normally enshrined in the history of art. The criteria for including something in the artists’ collections have been more personal and associative than has been the case with museum collections, which have to justify their acquisition policies and base them on acknowledged perceptions of what constitutes artistic and historical value.
The exhibition is curated by the visual artist Christian Vind.
J. F. Willumsen’s Museum wish to thank: Ny Carlsbergfondet, Augustinus Fonden, 15. Juni Fonden, KrogagerFonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Oda og Hans Svenningsens Fond, Ernst og Vibeke Husmans Fond, Beckett-Fonden, Arne V. Schleschs Fond og Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat.
And also our collaborators: MTAB Fine Art Shipping, Country Manager, Jørgen Jul Jensen, Flügger and Niels Poulsen, Proventus Grafisk.
Travelpictures from North and South
3 March – 21 May 2018
Throughout his life Willumsen sought inspiration for his work abroad, and pictures from his travels testify to a fascination with the life of the streets and public places, the strong light of the South, and Alpine landscapes. The exhibition follows Willumsen’s travel itineraries and takes the public to among other destinations Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Tunisia. In the exhibition the public can also see Dark Matter’s virtual-reality work “Qualia”, which forms the setting for a journey into a virtual version of Willumsen’s mountain landscapes.
3 March – 21 May 2018
We collect not only things, but also our thoughts and ourselves through images, experiences, relations and narratives throughout life. For Willumsen collecting is on the one hand literal in the form of his large art collection and archive, but on the other hand also a matter of identity, where his emotional states often come to expression in the form of various ways of playing with identity and self-presentation.
“Collecting yourself” goes beyond Willumsen’s many self-presentations and offers a more nuanced picture of this complex artist. Listen to the women and children, friends and colleagues in his life talking about the artist and see how the press and the cartoonists have presented Willumsen. The exhibition will show material from the museum’s archive that has never before been exhibited.