• Gauguin’s coming to Copenhagen

    by  • April 11, 2016 • Art, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Exhibitions

    A new exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin, opens later this week at the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

    Paul Gauguin, Reclining Tahitian Women 1894. ©Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

    Paul Gauguin, Reclining Tahitian Women 1894.
    ©Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

    Fresh from its success in Milan last year, Copenhagen’s NY Carlsberg Glyptotek is preparing to unveil its latest exhibition devoted to the French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin. Entitled ‘Gauguin’s Worlds’, the Copenhagen exhibition is based on its Milanese predecessor, entitled ‘Tales from Paradise’, which was in fact curated by the Glyptoteket. Featuring over 70 works spanning every creative media employed by the artist, Gauguin’s Worlds presents an overview of his entire artistic portfolio, concentrating in particular on his experimental explorations of the ‘primitive’.

    An artistic vision and concept that cut across different cultures, ages, religions and indeed geographical locations, Gauguin’s pursuit of the primitive saw him travel to various destinations including Denmark, Brittany and Arles in France, Martinique and Polynesia, inventing and reinventing the primitive in imaginary worlds. With the majority of works originating from the Glyptoteket’s collection of French art, the exhibition is complemented further by loans from other museums and private collections and spans Gauguin’s early creative output to his final artistic offerings. As well as paintings, drawings and prints the collection brings together ceramics, woodcarvings and seldom-seen examples of Gauguin’s furniture and jewellery design.

    Paul Gauguin, Portrait-Head in unglazed Stoneware of Martinique Woman with Kerchief 1887-88. ©Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

    Paul Gauguin, Portrait-Head in unglazed Stoneware of Martinique Woman with Kerchief 1887-88.
    ©Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

    Beyond the Gauguin exhibition, the Glyptoteket plays host to over 10,000 works of art divided into three principal collections. As well as French and Danish art of the 19th century, the third theme, its antiquities collection, centres itself around the Mediterranean cradle of Western culture, consisting of works of art and artefacts from the beginning of history in Mesopotamia, Egypt, of the pharaohs, ancient Greece, Etruria and the Roman Empire.

    Occupying a prime position next to Tivoli in the centre of the Danish capital, the Glyptoteket is a natural complement to a Copenhagen city break and is well worth exploring. It is open from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, entrance is DKK 95 and children under the age of 18 are free. Visit on a Tuesday and you’ll get free admission regardless of age!

    Gauguin’s Worlds opens on Friday, 15th April and runs until the 28th of August, 2016.


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