Special Exhibition

C.W. Eckersberg, Møns Klint. Udsigt til Sommerspiret, 1809. Fuglsang Kunstmuseum. Foto: Ole Akhøj



Down to Earth. 
Danish painting 1780-1920 and landscapes of the Anthropocene
June 8 – September 23


Down to Earth is a visionary exhibition that offers a new take on one of the most urgent questions of our times. Here, historical art meets the geographical outskirts of Denmark, bringing the climate issue down to earth in ways that may qualify our reflections, discussions and actions.

Landscapes, nature and our surroundings have changed dramatically in the last 200 years. We live in the Anthropocene – a new epoch in which humanity has affected nature to such an extent that we see it in the landscapes and in our planet’s geology. This process began to pick up pace in the nineteenth century, and artists and scientists documented the changes – even as they also obtained new insights into the history of landscapes, mapped every inch of the country and made the agricultural sector more efficient than ever.

The exhibition presents a range of highlights within the landscape genre. Loans from Danish museums and private collections enable us to show works by eminent Danish artists such as C.W. Eckersberg, Johan Th. Lundbye, L.A. Ring and Vilhelm Hammershøi. Engaging in a close dialogue with natural science, these artists interpreted the great changes taking place in nature. Presented here alongside objects associated with geography, geology and agriculture, the paintings relate the story of mankind’s impact on the landscape.

A present-day perspective is introduced by two prominent Danish contemporary artists, Camilla Berner and Rune Bosse. Both artists have produced works especially for this exhibition.

Children will receive a booklet with fun tasks that take them on a hunt for clues and traces throughout the exhibition. Young visitors also have the opportunity to build their own landscape.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Faaborg Museum, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Ribe Kunstmuseum and The Hirschsprung Collection. It is presented at each museum in turn.