Princess Marie attended the launch of GeoPark’s Children Art Project, the biggest children’s art project in Denmark. The princess is the protector of the UNESCO National Commission, which is responsible for the Geokids artproject. The project has been an educational offer for students of popular schools in Odsherred, and in relation to the project, students have been introduced into … Continue reading The largest children’s art project in Denmark launched this month and started by HKH Princess Marie
In the spirit of the Royal Wedding, we thought we’d investigate the rituals behind Viking weddings. Sounds a bit like what Megan and Harry must have had to go through to arrive at the alter tomorrow! Viking wedding traditions were complex. Marriage was the heart of family structure in Viking culture, hence the intricate nature of Viking wedding rituals. Planning a wedding was … Continue reading Highly Symbolic And Kind of Outlandish Viking Wedding Traditions And Rituals
We’ve just learned that Denmark has applied for the art of hygge to be inscribed on the Unesco list of “intangible cultural heritage”. The idea is to protect it for generations as an essential and historic part of global society. There has been a great wave in wellness in general, but hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, hit … Continue reading Will Hygge be protected on the Unesco list of “intangible cultural heritage”?
Don’t ignore a shiny object! If you do you’d have missed this treasure! We’ve just been reading a fascinating story about a 1,000-year-old hoard of silver treasure linked to the legendary King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark. It was uncovered earlier this year by a 13-year-old student named Luca Malaschnichenko was scouring a field on Rügen, … Continue reading Teen unearths treasure linked to Danish King Bluetooth
Food and wine do the trick! We knew it! Here’s the proof we learn from Danish architect and designer Bodil Kjær. She’s got the secret to great design AND longevity! It’s down to good food, moderate amounts of very good wine, little medication and an almost obstinate sense of positivity! That’s what has done it for … Continue reading Bodil Kjær, a grande dame of Danish design on longevity and relaunching Furniture pieces
After a decade of planning one of Seattle’s most beloved cultural institutions will reopen in a new location. Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum, was long housed in a brick schoolhouse on loan from Seattle Schools. It began the effort to locate, finance and construct a permanent home for the city’s—and nation’s—only museum that celebrates all the … Continue reading Grand Opening of ‘The Nordic Museum’ in Seattle promises to dazzle
This will be Canada’s first and only showing of paintings from the wonderful Ordrupgaard collection of Impressionist and Danish art. It opens at the National Gallery of Canada on 18th May 2018. At the exhibition, called Impressionist Treasures, you will see paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Morisot, and Renoir among others. The National … Continue reading The world-renowned Ordrupgaard collection is going to Canada!
Here’s an interesting new combination of art and science for you! You need to book an appointment to see this exhibit. It is at Denmark’s Aquaporin, a water technology purification company. True lots of companies have art collections but according to The New York Times article by Ginanne Brownell, this one is unique. Aquaporin has been working … Continue reading Denmark’s Aquaporin hosts art exhibitions in collaboration with Diakron
Don’t miss it! Experience art and the ball melt together when the SMK invites small ballet performances in collaboration with The Royal Danish Theatre. In the spring, a group of ballet dancers from the Royal Danish Theatre will take on SMK. In the middle of the art they will dance a series of new ballet … Continue reading Royal Danish Theatre dances through the SMK
On February 23rd, The Nivaagaard Collection reveals the big and site-specific installation ‘Nature Morte’ consisting of real flowers created by the young English artist Rebecca Louise Law. Her beautiful and technically demanding installation reinterprets the 200-year-old flower paintings in the current exhibition on the Golden Age painter J.L. Jensen. The flowers from the painting’s surface … Continue reading The Nivaagaard Collection reveals the big and site-specific installation ‘Nature Morte’
Here’s a new way to slim your waist without dieting! It’s the Renaissance wallpaper jacket designed by Geske. The pattern was inspired by Renaissance wallpaper and the shape by a Renaissance corset so it shapes to a point and emphasises your small waist. How perfect for after the holidays! Geske trained at the School of … Continue reading Geske’s Renaissance inspired textile designs
Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit we thought we’d post this montage of images by the famous Bertel Thorvaldsen to get you in the mood. In recent decades the Danish sculptor has regained his rightful place in European art history as an outstanding representative of the Neoclassical period. As a bit of interesting history, Thorvaldsen … Continue reading Sweet Valentine by Bertel Thorvaldsen
If you love the work Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg you will enjoy this video. It shows the exhibition that the @SMK had on showing his perfect miniature worlds in a sterling selection, whose beautiful lies are as striking today as they were 150 years ago. At first glance Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg’s works look like one-to-one representations … Continue reading How Eckersberg constructed, perfect miniature worlds – on the beautiful lie
We love our new Thorvaldsens Museum prints in ourCultureNordic offices. A trendy juxtaposition between the ultimate master of Neoclassicism and Nordic office chic. In the heart of Copenhagen, snuggled between the impressive Christianborg Chapel and the Parliament buildings, you’ll find a peaceful museum celebrating the artistic genius of one man. Simply know to the Danes as Thorvaldsen. Thorvaldsen … Continue reading Thorvaldsens: a juxtaposition between Neoclassicism and Nordic office chic
Talk about turning things on their heads! As Danish™ says, Danish architects are known for their simplistic and minimalistic designs but sometimes they like to take a leap of faith and try something different. By changing perspective and playing with form, they can create unique shapes that make their architectural landmarks stand out. Take a … Continue reading Danish Architects turning it Upside Down
John Bauer: Shaping generations of perceptions of princesses, knights, trolls and fairytale characters
We love the work of John Bauer. It’s is sad to think that he died at the age of only 36. We can only imagine what he would have produced had he lived longer. The illustration you see here is one of several that Bauer produced for author Helena Nyblom’s tale Bortbytingarna (The Changelings). It … Continue reading John Bauer: Shaping generations of perceptions of princesses, knights, trolls and fairytale characters
Fimbul Winter is not a mythHalf of the population in Norway and Sweden allegedly died during the mythical winter Fimbul winters in the year 536. Researchers believe today that it was a real incident.The phenol floor extinguishes the sun. The climate disaster, which began in 536, was certainly the most dramatic chilling people, animals and plants … Continue reading Fimbul Winter is not a myth!
Would you like to walk in the footsteps of the Vikings? Record numbers of people went to Trelleborg to do just that including visiting Harald Blue’s famous 1,000 year old Viking castle. You can see some of the many discoveries that were made during the excavation and learn more about the castle and its function. Film, models, … Continue reading Trelleborg’s Viking Country Village opens with new avenues
For January (26.01.18 – 19.08.18) the HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art will open the doors for the largest retrospective exhibition with the painter Jens Søndergaard under the title “Färkraftkraft Helvede til”. The term borrowed from Søndergaard itself encapsulates his views on the art: here comes the wild temper and the great feelings of man in free … Continue reading JENS SØNDERGAARD – Colours, feelings and dignity for full blowout at HEART Herning Museum
Look carefully…do you recognise these sculptures? Here’s a chance to take a drawing course amongst these fabulous works at the Thorvaldsens Museum You can buy a seat on their popular tegnekurser in Spring 2018 with Henrik Leach Hansen. On the drawing course with the graphic artist, the artist and painter Henrik Leach Hansen you will be introduced … Continue reading Learn about drawing anatomy with painter Henrik Leach Hansen at the Thorvaldsens Museum
The Yule goat’s role has differed throughout the ages but in a Scandinavian custom similar to the English tradition of wassailing, held at either Christmas or Epiphany, young men in costumes would walk between houses singing songs, enacting plays and performing pranks. This tradition is known from the 17th century and still continue in certain areas. The … Continue reading Do you know the history of the Yule goat?
Can you guess who may have influenced the beautiful work of the Danish painter Viggo Johansen? The artist was an active member of the group of Skagen Painters who met every summer in the north of Jutland. He was one of Denmark’s most prominent painters in the 1890s. We were interested to learn that from 1885, Johansen exhibited in Paris; … Continue reading Can you guess who may have influenced the beautiful work of the Danish painter Viggo Johansen?
Would you like a great story to read for the kids this Christmas? Have you heard the fairy tale of “The Fir-Tree“? It is a story by the Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen. The tale is about a fir tree so anxious to grow up and have greater things, that he cannot appreciate living in the moment. In the woods … Continue reading A wonderful tale at Christmas: “The Fir-Tree”by H.C. Andersen
This is a super cool 1 minute 20 second video that sums up that salty old lady of the Baltic, Copenhagen! Sit back and enjoy. Well done Film maker Jonas Høholt! If you his website you can learn a bit more about this Danish artist: Since early 2013, Jonas has spent more than 3.000 hours developing … Continue reading Copenhagen as seen through the eyes of professional Danish timelapse Photographer Jonas Høholt
We came across this old photograph of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) , a minor star during his lifetime, the artist faded from view during the middle years of the 20th century, only to be rediscovered in recent years by a new generation of admirers… us included! Hammershøi’s cool interiors and distinctive grey-themed palette have attracted … Continue reading Vilhelm Hammershoi: empty rooms, full of wonder!
The National Gallery of Denmark recently held a Jewellery Competition and we were very taken by the runner-up winner Ai Kennedy and her creation inspired by the wonderful Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK’s Art Print Collection – The designer Ai Kennedy comments: “The room seems clean and quiet, and comfortable with … Continue reading Jewellery Competition Runner-up Ai Kennedy and her creation inspired by Vilhelm Hammershøi painting
Design Museum Danmark has been named as one of the top 8 in the world by Galerie Magazine. The former Royal Frederik’s Hospital in Copenhagen now serves as the home of Design Museum Danmark. Scandinavia has a legendary reputation for design, so it comes as little surprise that Copenhagen, one of its design capitals, is home to … Continue reading How many of the 8 Best Design Museums have you been to?
Would you rather be called Sigrid or Harald? Well if you were a Viking that would mean the difference between a “victorious horsewoman” or a “lord and ruler”! The National Museum of Denmark has some interesting information on the origin of Viking names. On the Jelling Stone are the names Harald, Gorm and Thyra. “King Harald ordered these kumbls … Continue reading What’s in a Viking name?
Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture in VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the ROM in Toronto, Canada. It’s a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, VIKINGS is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisans, and craftspeople. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling … Continue reading VIKINGS The Toronto Exhibition offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age
Just when you thought the Danish designers knew everything there was to know about chairs, here’s something new…it should make you smile! Apparently people feel much happier if they call Happiness “Lykke” rather than Happiness according to ‘Happy Meik’ who wrote about how everyone should try and be a bit more Hygge last year. And … Continue reading Danish Design and the Search for the World’s Happiest People
We see horizontal panoramas frequently but here is an example of a vertical one. This is an amazing photograph of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona taken by the super talented Jacob Surland. It is a vertical panorama of two stitched together photographs. How cool! For those of you photography enthusiasts, Jacob … Continue reading Jacob Surland on creating a vertical panorama of two stitched together photographs
This instantaneous character of the pictures was often the result of a long working process. This picture belongs to one of the extensive series on which Monet started at the beginning of the 20th century. From a hotel room in London he painted the view of Waterloo Bridge, the Thames and the factories on the opposite … Continue reading Have you ever wondered how Monet achieved such flickering atmosphere?
…Whip on a tree horse or a dungeon trip!?! Yikes! Discover how disobedient peasants were punished in this short theatre show. In the midst of the green idyll at Frilandsmuseet, Morten Eisner plays a passionate researcher who will conduct a fair lecture on punishment, kicking, wood horse and justice. But nothing goes as planned … The … Continue reading Can you guess how we used to punish serfs in the 1700s?…
Where is the world’s most remote museum? You can see it pictured here.Hint: The puppy dogs are a clue! Make a guess, tag us, and share it on your Facebook timeline if you dare. If you guess right, we will pick out three people to win a FREE arctic print of The Race by Carsten Egevang. … Continue reading Enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win a FREE copy of The Race
What a great way to preserve these impressive runestones! At the Experience Centre Kongernes Jelling you can learn about the Viking kings Gorm and Harald, their rune-stones, the huge ship-setting and the gigantic palisade which was built over a thousand years ago. In the tenth century, at the highest point in the landscape west of … Continue reading Get up close to see these impressive runestones at Kongernes Jelling
Did you know that the pinecone has been used as a decorative element in architecture and is considered a symbol of enlightenment and knowledge? This takes it a step further! The Danish artist duo Randi and Katrine’s addition to Art Park Ordrupgaard is a four meters tall pinecone called Pinecone Pavilion – created especially for the park. Pinecone … Continue reading New artwork at Art Park Ordrupgaard by Danish artist duo Randi and Katrine
SMK The National Gallery of Denmark is presenting another wonderful blending of arts. You can experience an art talk, a guided tour of the Christian II exhibition and watch ballet and art melt together in their collaboration with The Royal Danish Theatre, where you have the opportunity to watch small performances inspired by the works … Continue reading SMK blends art and dance
The Old Norse mythology very much confirms the idea that Norsemen treated alcohol as a sacred beverage. The tale of the theft of the sacred mead is one of the most well-known Norse tales. Óðinn, in the form on an eagle steals the mead of poetry from the giant Suttungr. The drinking culture of the Norsemen … Continue reading Tales of mead-drinking from Old Norse mythology
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