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  • Sergel - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    impression of Sergel s great artistic strength the words that immediately come to mind are vitality dynamism expressiveness empathy a sense of reality and a sure sense of composition all qualities that still speak directly to us today Sergel in Rome and in Thorvaldsens Museum The exhibition in Thorvaldsens Museum is the only one in Denmark that has ever focused on Sergel s sculptures But this is in no way a retrospective exhibition The focus is on the works which between 1767 and 1779 Sergel created in Rome the city where a few years later Thorvaldsen s artistic talent was to come into its own In Rome Sergel made some 70 small sculptures in clay his so called sketch models larger versions of which were later intended to be made in marble Sergel took many of these sketch models with him when he set out for home in Stockholm but for reasons unknown most of them failed to reach their destination something over which Sergel grieved for the rest of his life It is a special selection of the surviving clay sketch models that constitute the essence of the exhibition in Thorvaldsens Museum These are quite unique in that they do not exist in any other versions and not least because we can see Sergel s fingerprints and the marks made by his tools all over them J T Sergel Achilles by the Sea Nationalmuseum Stockholm Sergel and Thorvaldsen For the first time ever the public is now able to experience Sergel s sculptures under the same roof as Thorvaldsen s as a result of which the two sculptors special qualities clearly emerge In his neo classicism Sergel as the older of the two is indebted to the baroque rococo that preceded him This gives his sculpture physical dynamism pathos

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/sergel (2015-09-25)
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  • Models & Measurements - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Games are lost in the mists of the past but it is certain that the Greek city of Olympia was the place where the athletes boxers chariot drivers of Antiquity competed every fourth year in the period 776 393 BC Captain Jespersen and Thorvaldsen s sculptures From Olympia the exhibition moves forward to the bathing and gymnastics culture of the early 19th century Thorvaldsen himself was as it happens a keen swimmer and to Captain Jespersen s lectures at Thorvaldsens Museum on the importance of a healthy mind in a healthy body Thorvaldsen s sculptures functioned as ideals of physical beauty in Jespersen s lectures and books and Thorvaldsen s works were thereby made canonical The legendary Captain Jespersen drew full houses when he held gymnastics demonstrations at Thorvaldsens Museum in the 1930s Antiquity as canon Canon with the stress on the first syllable is Greek and means measuring rod or guiding line Kanon was the title of a bronze statue by Polykleitos c 450 410 BC and of a text in which Polykleitos explained the principles underlying the proportions of the ideal body Thorvaldsen and the human body As a neoclassical sculptor Thorvaldsen himself learnt from the antique ideals for the proportions of the human body The extent to which he did so appears from comparative measurements of Thorvaldsen s Jason and a couple of antique canonical works The measurements were carried out by the Museum in collaboration with the School of Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy and they define Thorvaldsen s system of proportions The exhibition was arranged against the background of the Olympic Committee s meeting in Copenhagen The National Gallery of Denmark the Frederiksborg Museum the National Museum and the Copenhagen City Museum have contributed loans to Models and Measurements Bodyscapes How much should the

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/krop-og-kanon (2015-09-25)
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  • Drawing by Raphael‏ - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    opportunity to acquire some drawings by the older masters from the 16th and 17th centuries Among the works to be seen in this exhibition is a drawing of the Virgin and Child which Thorvaldsen himself was convinced was by Raphael and which was so dear to him that it hung above his bed in his apartment in Rome Unfortunately later research has demonstrated that the drawing was a fake Thorvaldsen s friend the Danish consul general Baron Herman Schubart 1756 1832 often stayed with Thorvaldsen when he was in Rome and in a letter to the sculptor he writes I intend next month again to burden you with my presence and to live in the lovely little room with the bed underneath the drawing by Raphael The Revolutionary Asmus Jakob Carstens Visitors to the exhibition will make the acquaintance of some of the artists who were among the Danish sculptor s friends during his youth and all of whom were considered to be revolutionary and progressive Carstens 1754 1798 was so revolutionary that he was expelled from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen but his numerous drawings were an inspiration both to Thorvaldsen and to the friend they had in common Joseph Anton Koch with whom Thorvaldsen at one time shared an apartment in Rome C F F Stanley an architectural genius It has been said of the architect Carl Ferdinand Stanley 1768 1805 that he could have become for architecture what Thorvaldsen was for sculpture During his own time he was proclaimed as one of the greatest architects of the future However he did not manage to leave any buildings of substance when he died in Rome as early as 1805 a few days after his 36th birthday He was a close friend of Thorvaldsen and

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/underneath-the-drawing-by-raphael (2015-09-25)
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  • Astrid Noack - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    time expressed fundamental humanity and the innermost being of sculpture Her sculptures are timeless and draw their inspiration from contemporary French art as well as that of Egypt Greece and Rome Stronger than Life Astrid Noack s works derive from an intense relationship to life and art and an unwavering belief in the importance of art Her interest is mainly focused on the human figure primarily children and women Her figures often adopt quite simple postures standing sitting or kneeling The immediate impression is static and frontal but a closer examination reveals that the individual parts of the body are imperceptibly turned in such a way as to provide it with an inner tension and a presence that are quite unique If one single work with these qualities is to be pointed out it must be the statue of Anna Ancher which was created for Skagens Museum at the end of the 1930s and is today considered to be Astrid Noack s most important work Another work that deserves special mention is Standing Woman from 1939 45 which was included in the Cultural Canon of the Ministry of Culture as one of the most important Danish works of art over

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/stronger-than-life (2015-09-25)
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  • The French Connection - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    surveying the archaeological sites in Greece which Danish architects have carried out on behalf of the French School of Archaeology at Athens over the last 100 years The exhibition The French Connection marked the centenary of the Danish French collaboration established by the architect Gerhardt Poulsen s work at the French excavations on the island of Delos during the period 1908 11 On this sacred island where Greek mythology has it that Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis French architects had excavated sanctuaries monuments and parts of the city But the archaeologists could not themselves carry out the necessary measurements on the excavations and this is where the Danish architects came into the picture Their precise drawings and measurements formed the basis of later reconstructions of the ancient buildings Danish architects at Delos 1910 1911 Since 1908 67 Danish architects and students of architecture have worked on French excavations over most of Greece The main emphasis has been on the excavations on Delos and in Delphi where architects such as Gerhardt Poulsen 1883 1918 Kaj Gottlob 1887 1976 Gregers Algreen Ussing b 1938 and Erik Hansen b 1927 have been the main driving forces Drawings Photos and Drawing Tools The architects original drawings photographs and drawing tools were used to tell the story of this Danish French collaboration and of how the Danish architects sober business like surveys turned out in both a national and an international context to form the pattern for the registration of monuments from Greek Antiquity The exhibition thus also documented the stylistic development undergone by the drawing technique over the past century from a painterly style of drawing in which reproductions of the surfaces under consideration were shown with shadowing to a more sober sterile style of drawing in which only significant observations were

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/the-french-connection (2015-09-25)
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  • Pen & Ink - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen drew on many different kinds of paper clean white sheets sketch books and coloured paper He drew in pencil ink charcoal and chalk He often returned to the same sheets drew new sketches in the margins of the old ones and now and again his lines appear on old bills invitations and ticket Any paper that was within reach could be used when he wanted to preserve an idea for a sculpture Ariadne with a panther 1817 Thorvaldsen s working methods In many of the drawings Thorvaldsen naturally exhibits a spontaneity not found in his sculptures One senses the rapid movements of his hand across the paper And the drawings therefore give a fascinating insight into the sculptor s work on developing the right form and composition in his sculptures Furthermore as opposed to the heavy fragile sculptures the drawings had the advantage of being easy to send over long distances This was practical when his clients were to decide which version they wished to commission Thorvaldsen s motifs In his youthful years at the Royal Academy Thorvaldsen had to copy the drawings of his teachers and to draw after plaster models After his arrival in Rome on 8

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/pen-and-ink (2015-09-25)
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  • Mosaics from Ravenna - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    5th and 6th centuries During this period the town was a political and religious centre of the West Roman Empire and today seven of the town s churches and baptisteries are in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites the most important cultural treasures in the world The Exhibition is a great opportunity The original mosaics are placed high up on the walls and vaults of the churches whereas the copies in the Thorvaldsens Museum exhibition were down at eye level and could be studied at close quarters in all their splendid wealth of colour and detail The mosaics portray animals and plants scenes from the New and Old Testaments and they also include portraits of the famous Emperor Justinian and his wife the Empress Theodora and their court Emperor Justinian in the Basilica of San Vitale A World Wide Success The copies on show derive from the 1950s when against the background of the destruction wrought by the Second World War the Ravenna academy of fine arts made a series of exact copies of the artistically most valuable of the mosaics The copies were made using the same kind of tesserae and precisely the same technique as the late

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/mosaics-from-ravenna (2015-09-25)
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  • Thorvaldsen and the Universal Church - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    chronology of the exhibition A little more than 50 years separates Thorvaldsen s 1770 1844 earliest and last works treating Christian and churchly motifs The exhibition covered the period from an early study of a motif from The Acts of the Apostles for the relief that gained Thorvaldsen the Academy of Fine Arts big Gold Medal in 1793 to the bust of the German theologian and reformer Martin Luther 1483 1546 that Thorvaldsen was still working on the very day of his death 24 March 1844 at the age of 73 The exhibition displayed the whole range of Thorvaldsen s works that had to do with Christianity and the Church This was achieved through a choice selection of drawings and models by Thorvaldsen supplemented with documents old editions of the Bible and paintings from Thorvaldsen s own collections Christ in white marble The most important works in Thorvaldsen s interpretation of Christian motifs are to be found in Copenhagen s cathedral the Church of Our Lady In 1820 Thorvaldsen was commissioned to ornament the church with statues of Christ the twelve apostles and a baptismal angel A little less than 20 years later the sculptural programme was completed and was

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/thorvaldsen-and-the-universal-church (2015-09-25)
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