Vilhelm Hammershøi, A Wing of Christiansborg Palace, 1907. SMK, National Gallery of Denmark
IN DIALOGUE WITH SMK is the second part of Fuglsang Kunstmuseum’s 10th anniversary exhibition. The first part can still be viewed in the other galleries of the museum. In the second part the museum focuses on selected works from its own collection, placed in dialogue with art treasures on loan from the National Gallery Denmark, SMK. The works represent highlights of the Fuglsang Kunstmuseum collection, just as several of the loans from SMK are so-called ENB-artworks, i.e. of ’unique national importance’.
The dialogues draw on Fuglsang Kunstmuseum’s popular highlights and other, more overlooked works of exceptional artistic quality. There are works that inscribe themselves in the Danish art historical canon as well as works to be found nearer its periphery. Letting a selection of both enter into dialogue with related paintings and sculptures from SMK allows us to step up the diversity and broaden the vision of the collection. The dialogues emphasise the distinctiveness of the works in various ways, but follow these basic tracks: 1. Landscape art, 2. Key points in history, 3. Soloists in the collection and 4. New narratives.
- Landscape art takes up a central position in the museum collection and the natural setting of the museum building has lent new meaning to this genre. This applies to P.C. Skovgaard’s national romantic motifs, for example.
- Even though the museum embraces more than 200 years of Danish art, there are several weighty sections related to specific periods in the collection. A case in point is early modernism c. 1905-25, just as the period 1940-60 is very strongly represented.
- There are artists, moreover, who are somewhat isolated within the collection. Some represented only by a single, significant work, like Vilhelm Hammershøi and Valdemar Schønheyder Møller, and others, like Niels Nedergaard, by only a few works. Hence the dialogue with central works from SMK, showing the the wider scope of the ‘soloists’, is particularly welcome here.
- There are also artists who have not yet won the recognition that their oeuvre merits. Helge Holmskov and Astrid Holm belong to this category. By means of the dialogues with SMK the museum wishes to contribute new narratives about and added knowledge of these neglected artists.
Vilhelm Hammershøi, From the British Museum. Winter, 1906. Fuglsang Kunstmuseum. Photo Ole Akhøj