When picturing ancient Vikings, jewellery does not usually come to mind, most people picture savages with huge swords but these ancient Norse people did make beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewellery out of such precious metals as gold and silver. Early in their history the Vikings jewellery was very simple, but later … Continue reading If you think jewellery is just for women, think again. Viking men wore jewellery!
The study, published in the journal Antiquity, contradicts the ‘People of the British Isles’ project, which used DNA evidence to argue that there was “no clear genetic evidence of the Danish Viking occupation“. Jane Kershaw, a postdoctoral fellow at University College London says, “We are currently living in a time of large-scale migration,” she added. … Continue reading It seems there was a very large Danish Viking presence in England after all!
Have you seen Danish photographer Ingrid Bugge’s work “The Essence of Ballet”? In this video she discusses her fascination with the human body. She herself says: “There they are, the dancers, so fine and gracious, with make-up and dressed in elf clothing and troll fur, beetle wings and rococo wigs. It’s an enchanting sight. I … Continue reading Essence of Ballet
Hundested is a small coastal town north of Copenhagen boasting long traditions of sublime crafts. Some of the world’s most beautiful and elegant ships used to be made here as well as fishing boats robust enough for all kinds of weather. Hundested is located on the entry to two main fjords; Isefjorden and Roskilde Fjord. These two fjords … Continue reading Authentic Viking Ship Glass Sculptures
A world-famous architect will be waiting in the wings to design and build an innovative and enchanting Hans Christian Andersen Museum, once the City of Odense has obtained the funding. Kengo Kuma of Japan has achieved celebrity status as a result of his wide-ranging projects which are simultaneously striking and understated. If everything goes as … Continue reading A New Hans Christian Andersen Museum for Odense
Here we thought we knew everything about Vikings! Did you know that in spite of their raiding and invading reputation, they were in fact very clean people; they bathed once a week – and yes that’s a lot for that time. Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets but instead one like you can see in this … Continue reading Some of the craziest things the world has forgotten about the Vikings
Did you love watching Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the Academy Award winning picture ‘Out of Africa’? If you wanted more you’re in luck! A new TV adaptation is coming out so you can see more of the adventures of Danish born author Karen Blixen. It will be directed by Susanne Bier the Emmy-winning producer of The … Continue reading Karen Blixen’s ‘Out of Africa’ in New TV Series!
The global phenomena of Harbour re-urbanisation has hit Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus, where big things are happening culturally. Dokk1 is the the city’s new “Mediaspace” as they term it – where you can borrow books, watch films, listen to talks, collect your new passport – or simply drink coffee in the café and enjoy the view … Continue reading Magic Mushrooms
Is how world traveller Michael Palin of Monty Python fame describes Hammerhoi – and we think he’s got a point. In an article in The Guardian Michael wrote how his love for Hammershoi developed in to a documentary: It wasn’t exactly love at first sight; more a slow, benign haunting. It began after a visit … Continue reading A HEADY FUSION OF VERMEER AND HOPPER
Last year the Vikingship Museum in Roskilde opened up for an exhibition, “The World of the Vikings” that once again highlighted that we were a far more cosmopolitan bunch than you’d expect a thousand years ago. From Greenland to the Far East the Vikings traded and perhaps also fought. And here’s a little twist on the … Continue reading Why was a 9th century Viking woman buried with a ring that says ‘for Allah’ on it?
The Vikings astonishing entry on to the world stage was in large part due to one of the first millennia’s greatest technological breakthrough – the Viking Long Boat. We still get many requests for a latter day reproduction ships from all around the globe from our friends at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. Here … Continue reading The Viking Tar Brush
Trapholt is one of those off-the-beaten-paths cultural gems one should add to the itinerary, should you ever find yourself lost in the wilds of Jutland. Slick Nordic modernistic architecture hailing back to the iconic design gurus of the fifties. And now they’ve opened an exhibition on fetishism. A great reminder that the preconception about sexually … Continue reading Nudism, Sado-Masochism, Infantilism and all that….
At the bottom of a prehistoric sea the Swedish duo Wildbird and Peacedrums wrapped up this years Frost festival in Copenhagen, once again documenting the long coming re-emergence and reunification of the sciences and arts, as integral partners in the human condition. So it was that in amongst the skeletal remains of whales and dinosaurs … Continue reading The rythm of Wildbirds, Dinosaurs and Whales
In the wilds of Jutland the locals in the town of Viborg, in between the bare Oaks and the Castle bank, the icy wind blows – and there behold, a host of molehills hove in to view! Kicking one of the fresh mounds of earth, medieval archaeologist and curator Jesper Hjermind notices a new development: … Continue reading Mr Mole the Archaeologist
We all know the old adage, that the way to a man heart is through his stomach, well apparently it’s also the way to his brain. In fact all our brains. The Medical Museum in Copenhagen have just secured a prestigious exhibition prize, which they will use to create the exhibition “Mind the Gut”. Considering … Continue reading One thousand billion reasons to “Mind the Gut”
At CultureNordic we like to present the very best in Nordic museum gifts and it seems we are following in illustrious footsteps, over 6,000 years old. In an intriguing find, a team of archaeologists working near Stonehenge have unearthed the remnants of a primitive gift shop, suggesting that the site had always served as a … Continue reading A 6000 Year Old Museum Shop
Less than an hour away from Copenhagen, you’ll find a vibrant and living reenactment of life as it was lived before and during the Viking age, around the 6th to 8th century. Lejre Museum is located in what use to be the absolute epicentre of the ancient Scandinavian Kingdom, in the days when Norway, Denmark and … Continue reading Viking Skiing
The Germans love Hammershøi. They love Hammerhøi so much it is now the top selling poster in the country. The story started when the Städel Museum in Frankfurt ran a campaign through a nationwide drugstore chain , where amongst the tampons, dental floss and vitamin pills you could buy color prints of the paintings in the … Continue reading Not Renoir, not Degas, not Vermeer – but Hammerhøi
Wool, pearls, ice and mist How is it that a few words can conjure up a whole universe of smell, sights and experiences? These four words are the intro to a wonderful exhibition, at the National Library in Copenhagen. For the past two years, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer have been travelling the North Atlantic … Continue reading The Weather Diaries
Odin, Thor, Loke and the rest of the Nordic Gods, fought, feasted and fornicated to their hearts content; and as you can imagine were happy role models for our ancestors the Vikings. So you can imagine that they weren’t all too impressed, when the first Missionaries came preaching restraint, abstinence and quiet reflection. We see … Continue reading Why the Vikings hated Christmas
We would like to introduce you to our new partner, FABELAB. FABELAB combines the 2 words FABEL + LABORATORY, storytelling and working with the stories that inspire us. It’s a danish brand made by architect, founder and designer Michaela. The products are made for children, but certainly also for the creative mother. The designs are in … Continue reading Innovative and Danish Design from FABELAB
Ann-Christine Rørvang, the store manager at Design Museum Denmark has in collaboration with Marie-Louise Munter, the lady behind the international design blog missdesignsays.com, picked out their own personal top 10 designer Christmas gifts for both the small and large homes. Expectations to this year’s Christmas gifts are high, because we don’t only want to satisfy the receiver, … Continue reading How about a designer gift this year?
Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame, was fascinated by the origins of the English, their culture and history in the days before their migration to the British Isles. Furthermore some argue that his collection of books are no more than an attempt to rediscover the ancient Britons. How did the English come to forget … Continue reading Aragorn was from Copenhagen
Trolls, trees and girls. That’s Ib Spang Olsen. A much loved and prolific artist, who’s long term partnership with Scandinavia’s king of literary nonsense, Halfdan Rasmussen, was to set the standard for children’s books throughout the last quarter of a century. In his illustrations Letters have small feet, because as the artist says “I have … Continue reading Trolls, trees and girls
Here’s a little light relief in every sense of the word, from the CultureNordic team. In our constant effort to improve the level of merchandise being offered from Nordic Museums, we find ourselves becoming more and more engaged in the development of great gifts, which have a true and relevant authenticity. Developing a Museum’s brand … Continue reading Worlds Best Museum Merchandise Award
There is a line of thought that suggests art is “merely” a tool through which you live your life. Cultural monism is the idea that the digital and real world are indistinguishable. With the advent of google glass and other technological aids, we are essentially cyborgs and the quicker we accept the fact the quicker … Continue reading Cultural Monism
Love is a funny thing. Sometimes it is heartfelt. Sometimes it is heartache. Sometimes it is just heartburn. Which is how New York based artist Nathan Sawaya introduces this stunning example of children play things become playful works of art. Check out his great website Brickmaster where you can see many of his creations, which … Continue reading Heartache
Do you love Danish design as much as we do? Then this wonderful book will definitely get your attention. Yesterday the Danish Design Museum unveiled its new design bible, 101 Danish Design Icons. This 460 page book is the first collection of the most important designs in Denmark, and contains 101 well written articles about … Continue reading 101 Danish Design Icons
Perched as we are on a long peninsular and collection of islands between the North Sea and the Baltic, the sea has always been an integral part Denmark’s cultural identity. This is what the iconic BRANDTS museum in Odense had i mind when they put together the huge The Sea exhibition – which is as … Continue reading The Sea
Why is black and white photography so popular? Could it have something to do with one of our eras great self-deceptions? According to a new exhibition by the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, we Europeans have for centuries repressed and suppressed the truth about the ancient Roman and Greek sculptures. They were not white, but full of … Continue reading The great White deceit
Creaking, squeaking, crackling giant icecubes, strewn across the mainsquare was the scene Copenhageners woke up to the other day. This was no freak weather phenomenen, but rather an artistic reminder to everyone attending the United Nations Climate Panel, currently being held here in Scandinavia. World reknowned artist Olafur Eliasson and equally reknowned scientist Minik Rosing … Continue reading Climate Art
As the nordic nights close in, join us on a historical journey of the sensual and sexy, from the 16th century to today. The National Museum of Denmark has had a good rummage in their archives and put together an interesting perspetive on what I suppose is mankinds oldest interests. The tour takes you back … Continue reading Sex in the Museum
We’ve often heard that the military arms race has driven technological innovation, but does that also influences the arts? Well this certainly seems to be the case in terms of the Dazzle Ships. Look it up in Wikipedia, where they write that Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, it was a family of ship camouflage used … Continue reading Fleet of Dazzle
The BBC just recently chose the Maritime Museum in Helsingør as one of the eight greatest new museums in the world, which we think is pretty good considering the museum is in a hole. World renowned Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group broke all the rules, when bidding to design the new Maritime Museum. Despite the … Continue reading A Museum in a Hole
The headlines in the British Isles feature a sensational find of Viking treasure uncovered in Dumfries, north of the Scottish borders. The haul is said to be worth a six figure sum, but has been described as priceless by academics studying Scotland’s past. Silver and gold ingots, brooches and armbands were found by a retired businessman … Continue reading How To Speak Viking
No, this is not a photoshop’ed image of one of Copenhagens latest urban redevelopments – this is actually the colour which they used, when they decided to create a new high speed cycle highway come recreational area. Home to a sound system from Jamaica, an elephant slide from Chernobyl, outdoor Thai boxing ring, exercise gear from … Continue reading SUPERKILEN
Hope Peter Martensen doesn’t mind the title to this little post, but you can’t help thinking that whilst many argue that photography is post art, that Martensen’s art is post-photography. One of Scandinavia’s leading contemporary artists, Peter has over the years explored the emptiness within the crowded, where by removing colour, replicating endlessly and then … Continue reading Art meets Photo?
The North American Blog NordicDesign have nominated CultureNordic.com as 1 of 5 finalists in the category “Scandinavian Design”. The SHOP AWARDS organised by Nordic Design serves to recognise, reward and honour inspiring shops from the World Wide Web. Hundreds of shops were submitted, the jury panel deliberated, and found the cream of the crop of online shopping destination. 25 finalists … Continue reading CultureNordic is nominated!!
Despite the usual polemic around whether photo is art or killed art, there is no doubt that the popularity of high quality photo prints continues to grow. A popularity which has manifested itself in a new art fair being launched just recently here in Copenhagen. Photo Collect Copenhagen’ is a curated fair for Danish and … Continue reading Photo Collect Copenhagen
At CultureNordic we are happy to present our new partner: RosenbergCph! The collection is designed by Anne Rosenberg and her ambition is to create products that unite beauty, quality, and respect for the environment. See the Rosenberg CPH collection here at CultureNordic. Contrary to the general trend, Rosenberg have kept their entire production in Europe, most of it … Continue reading Rosenberg CPH now on Culture Nordic
“If only you could design just one good chair in your life,” famed Danish designer Hans Wegner was quoted as saying in 1952. “But you simply cannot.” He was not joking. Wegner, one of Denmark’s most prolific and iconic designers, ended up creating over 500 chairs and 1,000 other pieces of furniture in his lifetime, working with … Continue reading Hans Wegner Chair Memory Game
Museums are experiencing a global popular revival and this has just, as much to do with the fact that museums are often housed in spectacular building situated in the very best locations throughout the city. This realisation has resulted in more and more museums opening up their doors to more than just exhibitions. Which got … Continue reading The sexual attraction of Museums
The years were rolled back as the great Sea Stallion of Glendalough, the world’s largest Viking Ship today, sailed up the river Spree and took Berlin by storm. The great exhibition The World of the Vikings which started in Copenhagen, then took central stage in the British Museum has now arrived in Berlin. Measuring 37 metres in … Continue reading Vikings attack Berlin
The harvest is in and the autumn equinox is approaching. But before we mentally brace ourselves for the long dark Nordic winter, let’s us celebrate the Sun in an artistic context. The Guardian Newspaper recently voted the Top Ten artistic interpretations of the Sun and at #1 we find our very own Olafur Eliasson and his famous … Continue reading The Best Sun Ever!
Right now, september 2nd, Burning Man 2014 Art Festival is going down in the desserts of Nevada. This is not your typical party. This is a week-long annual event of insanity where every desire, idea and feeling evolves into a collective bonfire making the earth itself respond. So why would CultureNordic care about this event? Does it relate to the Nordics? … Continue reading A Burning Man
Eske Villadsen is a bit of scientific rock-star. He’s not just an internationally acclaimed Scientist but his speciality is paleobiology. A what? I hear you say. Eske is a global leader in tracking DNA many thousands of years old, and this is exciting stuff, as his latest research shows. It has long been assumed that … Continue reading The First Steps
Visiting the Design Museum Denmark for the launch of that great Nordic style magazine Oak – The Nordic Journal we came across this ultimate build yourself nest. Behind this innovative sculptural piece of furniture we find Danish designer Jacob Jorgensen has designed this elegant curved chair called Barca which is shaped like a boat. The design is a result of … Continue reading Sleep Sailing
He puts his ear to the ground. He can hear the generations sigh from deep below. He can hear the armies tramp the grounds of Europe He hears whispers about magnificent kings and burned fields. In the wilds of Jutland, the peat bogs ptreserve their dark secrets. Here the bodies of transgressors, strangled and throats … Continue reading Dead Man Dancing
In an era where crowd generated hysteria is usually associated with new releases of Hollywood Blockbusters or new iPhones, we were yesterday witness to an extraordinary mass hysteria concerning…. wait for it…. a new vase. Kähler.com announced a re-release of one of their classics, which led to 17,000 customers blocking an on-line sales shop for up to 7 … Continue reading Pottery goes potty – The Kähler Vase
Sensational find at the Danish National History Museum Yes, up there in the top three of all time scientists, is where the head of Communications at the Natural History Museum Hanne Strager, places Darwin. And it’s a re-discovery of hand written notes and specimens of the Darwin’s Barnacle, that’s making a big splash within Scientific … Continue reading Einstein, Newton and ………?
The BBC have just run an article, featuring the top 5 iconic chairs of the 20th century…. which everyone should naturally have! It probably comes as no suprise for our followers, that amongst them you’ll find Scandinavian designer Hans Wegner and his Round Chair, which gained global notoriety, when it was featured in the famous televised … Continue reading The Hot Seats – Style Icons
A giant Duck could theoretically provide environmentally conscious Copenhagen with solar energy and hydropower Ducks seem to be a denigrated fowl, as both the English and Nordic speaking world use the expression a “lame duck”, but I think we’ve found the exception. This year Copenhagen hosts the Land Generator Initiative competition, whose goal is to … Continue reading A Big Duck
In an era of festivals, why not gain the upper hand and visit the hottest festival in the North Atlantic? The clouds sit very low atop rugged mountains, each rising in a dramatic curve directly from the sea. Birds circle overhead while music seems to infuse with the mysticism of the landscape and oscillates over … Continue reading G! Festival
Cloud as roof, ocean as floor The Nordics have always had a proud modern architectural history, and this mind-blowing award winning building – if you can call it that – is no exception! The HOPE (House of Peace) foundation wants to support world peace, and their particular solution to achieving this noble aim, is through an … Continue reading House of Peace – Art and Architecture in the name of Peace
It’s generally a little known fact that the term Viking was predominantly used as a verb. The practise of second sons, who had no prospects at home, to go abroad and find one’s fortune. What is generally also not well known is how international our ancient predecessors were, and how global the world was a … Continue reading To Go A Viking
Here’s a classic little excerpt, where what’s being written and the subject matter is completely at odds! The Model – A Model for a Qualitative Society transformed the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, into an adventure playground. Over the course of three weeks in October 1968 The Model saw more than 20,000 children make use of the jungle gyms, climbing ropes, water … Continue reading Childrens Entertainment – Museum Style
Eco-concious bicycling Copenhagen urbanites finally get one of their wishes granted, as a new floating orange bicycle path is opened in the mundane South Harbour area. Winding its way snake-like through the modern offices and harbour front appartments, this is a great architectural addition to the rapidly changing capital city of the North. You can’t … Continue reading The Great Orange Midgaard Serpent hits Copenhagen
Once we heard that a toilet exhibition featuring a giant slide and singing toilet seats had opened at the Miraikan science museum in Tokyo, we immediately sent our own roving reporter. Wearing an appropriately quipped toilet cap, she slides gracefully from view. We haven’t heard from her since. Not museum toilets but Toilet Museum!
As you drive along the highway, through the ancient Viking Capital City of Roskilde, the speed signs tell you to slow down to a stately 80 km. Why? Because once a year, the town plays host to Northern Europe’s largest festival. 180 performing bands, around 130,000 festival goers, 21,000 volunteers, 5,000 media people and 3,000 … Continue reading Roskilde Festival – Northern Europe’s Largest Festival
Danish Artist HuskMitNavn worked hard at Roskilde Festival when we visited Tuesday the 2nd of July 2014. He is decorating the back wall of “Orange Scene” (The Orange Canopy Stage) with a beautiful montage of his classic figures. This is a picture of the process, visit the Festival for the full and finished work. Check out a selection of HuskMitNavn’s work here… … Continue reading Roskilde Festival and HuskMitNavn at “Orange Scene”
Wildlife Photography grows ever more popular, both as an artform and an interior design statement – as our very own Carsten Egevang and collection from the Danish Ornithological Society document. But this example takes the biscuit. The photographer Audun Rikardsen has just been announced as this years Nordic Wildlife Photographer, and I’m assuming he’s a … Continue reading Nordic Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Crazy
A fantastic and evocative photographer exhibits at one of our favourit museums. Astrid Kruse Jensen invited in 2013 to create works for Jægerhuset at Henne Kirkeby Kro – a lovely location on the wild west coast of Jutland. Following in the footsteps of artist and hunter John Larsen’s 100th anniversary of his first visit to the … Continue reading Astrid Kruse Jensen at the Johannes Larsen Museum
As we rapidly head in to the high season for weddings, wedding traditions, wedding gifts and wedding preparations, we thought we would once again remind ourselves of how different cultures go about the exciting and tricky task of find your lifelong partner. In Greenland the Inuit tradition was to kidnap your bride to be, and … Continue reading Courting Arctic Style – A wedding in Greenland
We were all very excited, when we were given the opportunity to represent the famous Vikings Ship Museum located in the ancient Nordic capital of Roskilde – which can be reached in a short half hours drive from central Copenhagen. This is a museum that has taken the concept of museum to a whole another … Continue reading Buy a custom made Viking Ship
In conjunction with a great retrospective on the rebel artist Asger Jorn at the , the staff at the National Gallery of Denmark have organised a game of triolectic football. “A game of what?!” I hear you say? In triolectic football the playing field is hexagonal, and three teams are playing rather than two. The game … Continue reading Fancy a game of triolectic Football?
The BUSTER Film Festival is a showcase for new, exciting, innovative, challenging, and entertaining films for children and youth from all over the world, and offers a wide variety of opportunities with over 130 movies such as animations, comedies and topics from the real world. To celebrate this explosion of creativity, we wanted to give young and the young at heart, the opportunity to make … Continue reading BUSTER Film Festival Art Competition!
Thirsty? The National Museum of Denmark has been experimenting with a 3300-year-old Danish recipe for beer and the result is a fruity summer hit. The National Museum of Denmark and Skands Brewery have in partnership made a beer based on a 3300-year-old recipe. The Egtved Girl’s Brew is named after a young woman who was … Continue reading 3300-year-old Danish beer described as summer hit
Sixteen internationally renowned Danish artists will exhibit ceramics at a private home in Brighton. The place, known as The Ceramic House, will be open for the public during the exhibition. The show ‘The Fantastic Tales: Danish Contemporary Ceramics’ will be the first themed exhibition at The Ceramic House and will feature a cross-spectrum of art … Continue reading Danish ceramics overtake The Ceramic House in Brighton
“Can you name a female artist who has been published in the Taschen Basic Art-series? Is your answer Frida Kahlo? You are right; she is one out of five women who have been published in the series consisting of about 100 books.” This is how Malmö Konsthall presents their new exhibition About: The Blank Pages, … Continue reading About: The Blank Pages – feminist history in the making at Malmö Konsthall
Theodor Christensen was a central figure in the rise of the Danish documentary. He was inspired by English film making and believed in proactive editing. This April he would have been 100 years old and the Danish Cinematheque celebrates this by film screenings of selected Theodor Christensen films and an exhibition about his oeuvre. Christensen … Continue reading Theodor Christensen – The father of Danish documentary
The kitchen tells the story of the hopes, dreams and ideology of Swedish citizens. Nordiska museet, Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history, is putting the spotlight on the Swedish kitchen with their new photo exhibition simply called The Kitchen. Many of us would consider the kitchen to be the heart of a home, and it … Continue reading The Swedish kitchen revolution
This year’s receiver of the title Artist of the Year is a man who is concerned with natural processes. He uses materials such as animal skeletons and wax shaped by bees and his name is Emil Westman Hertz. Every year the Danish art museum Horsens kunstmuseum rewards one young and promising artist with the title Artist … Continue reading Artist of the Year selected by the Danish art museum Horsens kunstmuseum
The documentary genre is growing worldwide and is probably the most interesting area within filmmaking at the moment. This is no different in the Nordic countries, where Denmark is becoming a documentary-Mecca. The Danish love of documentaries is not new, but was put in the shade for several years by the so-called dogma films in … Continue reading What to Watch – Danish Documentaries
One could detect a longing for traditional media at this years annual Spring Exhibition in Copenhagen. This did, however, not hinder our favourite artwork from being an unconventional installation lit by moonlight, made by a young artist pair from Sweden. Spring in Copenhagen is not quite spring without the annual Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. … Continue reading Moonlit deliverance at the Spring Exhibition in Copenhagen
Danish photographer Carsten Egevang, who is known to explore the remote nooks and crannies of Greenland, just published a new photo online. It goes under the name ”The Ptarmigan” and the pictures is according to himself “one of the best images I have shot in a long time”. A ptarmigan is a bird in the grouse … Continue reading New photo online from Carsten Egevang
“If only you could design just one good chair in your life . . . But you simply cannot.” Hans J. Wegner, 1952. The Danish designer Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) was one of history’s most prolific designers and today he would have been 100 years old. To celebrate a long and successful career as “The … Continue reading Opening of the Wegner chair exhibition in Copenhagen
Today is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. A lot of people fondly remember the images we created in our mind when we read his stories about The Little Mermaid or The Emperor’s New Clothes, but many also remember the illustrations that came with the stories. One of the most famous illustrators of Andersen’s stories was the … Continue reading Illustrating Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale universe
A lot of new festivals have been popping up in Copenhagen lately and we love it. A welcomed newcomer is the Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film which opens for the first time tomorrow. The program is filled with hidden gems putting the spotlight on some of the best architecture in Scandinavia and the rest of … Continue reading A scandophiliac’s guide to the Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film
Performance art might feel like strange territory for most of us, but in Denmark the performance art scene is rapidly growing bigger. The latest trend is to visit stranger’s private homes to get an intimate and unusual experience. This month five different flats in Copenhagen is being put to use in this manner under the … Continue reading Five Apartments
Ib Spang Olsen has mostly found his way into people hearts through his imaginative illustrations, but his drawing did not always just stay on paper. Sometimes Spang Olsen would carve images into pottery that had not yet been hardened and later on he would become even more involved in the ceramic process. A lot of … Continue reading The ceramist Ib Spang Olsen
There are several interesting things to discover when looking at the amazing painting St John’s eve Bonfire on Skagen Beach by Skagen painter P.S Krøyer, completed in 1906. One thing the curious eye might spot are the different kinds of light; the light from the moon, the fire and the lighthouse. What a lot of … Continue reading P.S Krøyer and the love that went up in flames
INTERVIEW. The Danish author Karen Blixen was a woman with many personas. Her storytelling was not limited to pure fiction, but also contained more autobiographical elements about herself and her personal life. Sometimes fiction and truth would be hard to tell apart. Like the story of how she made a pact with the devil. I, … Continue reading That time Karen Blixen made a pact with the devil
Christine Bukkehave, the Danish jeweller, has been selected to exhibit at the big Schmuck-fair in Munich in this month. We are proud to tell you that the jewellery artist Christine Bukkehave, who is the creative mind behind the brand Bukkehave, has been singled out as the only Danish competitor in the prestigious Talente ‘14 competition … Continue reading Bukkehave represents Denmark in big jewellery competition
When the printing press was implemented in Europe in the 15th century information began to spread quickly. It was not only text spreading, but also images, the same way things spread on the Internet today – and some of them were naughty, or even subversive. One historically popular genre of images that keeps causing commotion … Continue reading Rebellious satire at The Storm P. Museum
The air was where the author Karen Blixen felt truly at home. Her imagination was free and it would soar with the birds as if it had wings. The bird’s eye view that Karen Blixen acquired at drawing school as a young woman has influenced her story telling and birds frequently appear in her narratives. The … Continue reading What a little bird told us about Karen Blixen
Have you ever tried drawing doodles on post-its when you are on the phone? Danish artist John Kenn Mortensen most definitely has, and is now exhibiting as a part of a new exhibition at the Storm P. Museum called Smæk! (eng: Smack!). Inspired by artists such as the British illustrator Edward Gorey, Kenn Mortensen has … Continue reading Monsters that stick at the Storm P. Museum
About 52 percent of all Copenhageners commute by bike on a daily basis. Copenhagen has become world famous for its biking culture and today many cities are trying to copy the Danish biking heaven concept. In Denmark, as in other countries, there is a desire to improve public health and combat climate change. In the … Continue reading The Danish love affair with the bicycle
The largest Viking ship ever found is coming to London, as part of a major exhibition that aims to expand the popular image of the Scandinavian plunderers, whose voyages took them as far as Asia and North America. The Viking ships have been compared to the F16 of the Dark Ages – a technically advanced … Continue reading The largest Viking ship ever found sets its sight for the British Museum
As the spectacular Viking exhibition at Denmark’s National Museum draws to a close and they begin to pack it off on a European tour – first stop the British Museum in London – I particularly liked this image of a true 21st century Viking being tattooed on the floor of the central hall! Museums in London, it’s great … Continue reading Tattoos Viking Style
Wildlife photography has over the years become a more and more recognised artform, with which the general public has related to. So it was no small thing when Carsten won the equivalent of the world wildlife photographers Oscars in 2009. Enjoy and see his prints avialble on our site, from his recently features “Life at … Continue reading Big Fjord, Little Auks
Frida Kahlo is politically and culturally engaged. She makes her art during a period of cultural blossoming in Mexico. Incorporating pre-Colombian sculpture, jewellery and symbolism into her visual vocabulary, she contributes to the renewal of Mexico’s national identity. Kahlo’s interest in native Mexican art and culture is closely tied to the creative explosion that happened … Continue reading Frida Kahlo at ARKEN
Margaret Atwood on the show-stopping Isak Dinesen We came across this great article from leading literary light Margaret Atwood, in the equally ubiquitous Guardian newspaper. So many years after her death and Karen Blixen is still making an impression. We can thoroughly recommend this great read about our Karen Blixen. In 1934, Seven Gothic Tales … Continue reading New Exhibition at Karen Blixen Museum
Silent films had a respectable showing, as it were, on Sight & Sound magazine’s last big critics poll. The votes, cast to determine the greatest motion pictures of all time, placed three silents among the top ten overall: F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. These, of course, also … Continue reading Danish film classic voted 3rd best Silent Film ever!
In a recent interview the quote was once again used, and as usual Storm P. as in other contexts was credited with the famous words – for instance in John Møllehave column collection “Before and after thoughts ” from 2008.which got a journalist thinking. However the Storm P museum could not confirm kwhether it was … Continue reading It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future!
Taking place at the end of October, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to the city to experience York in a new light. Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York’s unique heritage, from spectacular sites to hidden gems. Photo: Triquetra, Clifford’s Tower by Kippa Mathews In 2013, Illuminating York will spread right … Continue reading Vikings still lighting up the Night in York!
The Christmas brew arrives on the first Friday in November and its arrival is celebrated all over the country. They say the first snowflake has fallen over Denmark when the Christmas brew is launched. The streets are filled with joy and Christmas spirit. This particular day is also known as J-Day (J stand for jul … Continue reading The Best of Nordic Beer
Our very own Carsten Egevang wins most prestigous world wildlife photography competition. World Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner: Wild Places “Big Fjord, Little Auks”A flock of little auks give a sense of scale to the glacial landscape of northeast Greenland, where freshly calved icebergs loom from the mist.Danish biologist Carsten Egevang captured the Arctic scene … Continue reading World Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The following article was posted on the Wonderful Copenhagen site Monday, April 15, 2013 Connie Westergaard Functional. Elegant. Timeless simplicity. Danish Design is all those things and more. Danish design is known all over the world for its clean lines and focus on materials. Originally, Danish design was a product of its time in the 1950s: … Continue reading What’s Danish Design?
Everyone carries some familiar stereotypes of Scandinavia and its peoples – the beautiful blonde inhabitants, the wide open landscapes, the long dark winters, the bicycles, the fairytale capitals. The Scandinavian countries are consistently ranked as having the happiest peoples, with the best quality of life, the most liveable cities, some of the highest education standards, the hippest … Continue reading Lights in the Dark – Scandinavian “Hygge”
Even in Denmarks National Museum they celebrate Halloween – with their very own Day of the Dead! The ancient Viking belief was that a warrior killed in Battle could loook forward to an eternity of battle all day and rinking all night in the halls of Valhalla. Despite this cultural heritage Death is rarely seen … Continue reading Post about the National Museum of Denmark