Fuglsang Kunstmuseum's collections
Jais Nielsen, Afgang! 1918.
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum is one of the only broadly inclusive art museums in the Zealand Region. Although the museum is housed in a newly designed museum building (inaugurated in 2008) planned by the English architect Tony Fretton, the museum has a history that goes far back in time. The Fuglsang Art Museum was originally founded in 1890 as part of the museum of cultural history in Maribo. In 1966, it became an independent art museum and in 1989 it was renamed the Storstrøm Art Museum; a name that was changed again when the museum moved into the new setting at Fuglsang.
The three collections
Since the founding of the museum as part of the local museum of cultural history, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper have all been collected although the focus on the various collections has changed over time. The museum has a total of about 4000 artworks spread over the three collections. Of these, the paper collection is the largest with c. 2800 works. Then comes the painting collection with c. 650 works, while the sculpture collection consists of c. 150 works.
How much of the collections can be seen at the museum?
The museum's collections cover the period from the end of the eighteenth century until today. However, certain periods are more strongly represented than others; this is particularly true of the period 1900-1950, but the museum also owns a small but exclusive collection of Danish Golden Age art, while more contemporary art is represented by the "Young Wild" painting of the 1980s and a selection of recent photography. In the museum's exhibition halls we show a selection of the collections amounting to c. 200 works in all, depending on the space requirements of the changing special exhibitions. Important parts of the col¬lec¬tions are in the museum's stores, and the museum therefore mounts changing hangings of the collections in order to present different parts of the collections to the public. To these we can add the changing special exhibitions.
Acquisitions for the collection
The museum regularly acquires new works for the collection; either at art sales, from private individuals or as donations. Common to all new acquisitions is the fact that through high quality they supplement the existing focuses in the collections, thus supporting, expanding and nuancing the special identity of the collections. Would you like to know more about the museum's collections?
Further information on the museum's collections can be found here on this website, but most of the museum's collections can also be found online at the website Kunstindeks Danmark.