Monday, January 30, 2012

Record Crowds View Daisy's Art Exhibition at Arken

The exhibition at Arken museum of Queen Margrethe's paintings and découpage opened this weekend past to many visitors, most of whom were very impressed with the queen's works as well as the ability to get closer to the artist as a person, whether people find her intriguing or an enigma.

Politiken article on the exhibition at Arken by Queen Margrethe.

There is still a morning quiet outside this Sunday, as the snow that fell during the night has put a damper on the landscape.

The parking lot in front of Arken was turned out with strollers and wheelchairs, and people in fur coats running up to the entrance.

Well a couple thousand people in this weekend's run bought access to the museum in Ishøj to study 'The Essence of Colour' in the 135 watercolours, découpage and paintings that make up Queen Margrethe's largest ever exhibition.

In orderly regiments, the museum's first guests file past Queen's artistic portfolio of the past 35 years.

Her interpretation of the view from Fredensborg, which is decorated with découpage, and the latest creations, bone paintings on a yellow background bearing names like 'Hip Twist' and 'Large Hulls'.

And actually, most people think that it's pretty well done by the Queen. Especially when it comes to watercolours and découpage. While the bone paintings don't really speak to anyone but the museum director.

"It's damn nice to have a queen who has the courage to prove this out. I am proud that we have a head of state with such amazing abilities," said schoolteacher Kurt Roest from Greve.

Although he put it mildly, are not frivolous with the bone paintings. The Queen's latest works are a series of fantasies about animal bones, which she calls 'toil'.

"I think she should stick with découpage. But it's bold, she is proving so provocative is because it is a little unusual to be so interested in the bones. "

According to his wife, dentist Birgit Roest, it is actually the best show they've seen for long. And although it has only just opened, it is already the second time they are here.

"We went to the opening on Friday, but there were so many people that we sat in a hall and saw the Queen's speech on a screen. Then we came out again today, where there is peace and quiet to see the exhibition."

According to museum director Christian Gether there has actually never been so many visitors to an exhibition opening at Arken. There tends to be around 700, but on Friday there were twice as many.

"Over the weekend a few more thousand people have been through the exhibition. It's great - also for the restaurant and museum shop," he says.

In fact, he calculates that he can manage to get the most of a normal year's visitors through the museum during the five months that the queen's art hangs on the walls.

"We expect at least 150,000 visitors, and all of last year we had 182,000 visitors," says Christian Gether, who himself especially likes the new bone paintings, which he calls 'dramatic fantasies of bones'.

"It is unique, by means of an exhibition that one may come into mental dialogue with the Queen and the reflection she makes about existence."

Lars Peter and Taimi Jensen Snekkersten are halfway through the exhibition and are now among the découpage.

"I'm actually a little surprised at how good it is," said Lars Peter Jensen.

"And you can see that she has access to the right materials for découpage," adds his wife, Taimi Jensen.

"She is good at putting them together in terms of colour, I have not actually seen anything like it. And she has also caught the light well in watercolours. It is as they themselves see it between rocks and sunsets," she says.

Niels Just Petersen and Aasta Petersen are from Funen and came out for their granddaughter's 7th birthday in High Taastrup.

"It's really a big production. I'm impressed, I certainly think she has some skills," says Niels Just Petersen.

In return, the couple wonder a little bit about how the Queen just "fell upon those bones."

Lene Daubjerg from Skanderborg had been to a birthday party in Zealand on Saturday night and took the opportunity to also see the Queen's show.

"I've seen some of the green and blue images in Viborg and could immediately recognize them and remember which of them impressed me then."

In return, she could not immediately connect with the Queen's bone paintings and actually thought she had reached a different artist, when she saw them.

"I'm not so crazy about them, but I think otherwise, she is very versatile and talented. And I am glad that she, despite her position also has had time to do something she really likes."

Social worker Anne Bjerregaard from Amager has daughters Kamma and Alma with the ark. They have parked themselves in front of the movie 'Snow Queen', which has the queen's decoupage as scenic backdrops.

"One has such a hate/love relationship with the monarchy - on the one hand, you think it's too much. And on the other hand, you are still a little intrigued by what they actually are for anyone, and why the queen paints animal bones, "she says.

Dorit and Jørgen Lodberg drove in from Peterborough. They have previously seen her exhibitions in Viborg, Lemvig, Odense and Herning and think she is "immensely talented and very creative." They have also been to Cahors and gone for walk in the park and ate lunch by the river.

"But when the Queen wasn't there," says Dorit Lodberg.

It is however the first time they see the Queen's bone paintings, and as she says: "They actually look like oxtails."

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