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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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….
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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!!
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 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
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 ………?
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
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
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!
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
“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
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
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
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!
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
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?