Fuglsang Art Museum

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Fuglsang Art Museum
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum.jpg
Established 2008
Location Lolland, Denmark
Type Art museum
Website Official web site

Fuglsang Art Museum (Denmark: Fuglsang Kunstmuseum) is an art museum set in rural surroundings in Guldborgsund Municipality on the island of Lolland in Denmark. It is part of the Fuglsang Cultural Centre. The museum features Danish art with an emphasis on artists and motifs of local provenance.

The museum is located in a purpose-built building, designed by Tony Fretton. Noted for its integration with the surrounding architecture and landscape, the museum building won a 2009 RIBA European Award and was shortlisted for the Stirling prize the same year.[1]

History[edit]

An architecture competition for the design of a building was won by Tony Fretton in May 2005 . Construction started in August 2006 and the museum was inaugurated in January 2008.

Building[edit]

The Fuglsang Art Museum is located in a white-washed, modernistic building, designed to fit into the existing architecture of the Fuglsang estate and the surrounding landscape.

The galleries are arranged around a long corridor which in itself serves as a significant exhibition space. At the end of the corridor is a small room with three large windows, one, sloghtly off set from the axis, visible from the corridor. With no artworks displayed, it is entirely dedicated to contemplation and vires of the outside landscape.[2]

On one side of the corridor are fairly small galleries with gold ornaments inspired by the architecture of the adjoining Fuglsang manor house. These are dedicated to smaller scale works. On the other side of the corridor are larger toplit galleries.

Collections[edit]

The museum houses a notable collection of Danish art from the end of the 18th century until today and includes paintings, sculptures and sketches. The collection has an emphasis on artists and motifs of local attachment.

Paintings[edit]

The museum holds app. 500 paintings, with a few dating from the late 18th century and the Danish Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century, while the main emphasis of the collection is in paintings from around 1900. Represented are important Danish artists like the Skagen Painters, the Fynboerne, Theodor Philipsen, L. A. Ring and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Sculpture[edit]

The collection features around 199 sculptures, dating from the late 19th century to 1950. The main emphasis is on the period 1930-50.

Works on paper[edit]

The museum's extensive collection of drawings, watercolours and particularly graphic works are mainly from the 20th century.

Exhibitions & other activities[edit]

Fuglsang Art Museum has variable showings of their own works and arranges several special exhibitions annually. Moreover, the showings and special exhibitions are complemented with a diverse programme of arrangements and presentations. There is also an interdisciplinary school service attached to the museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist 2009". RIBA. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Fuglsang Art Museum, Denmark by Tony Fretton Architects". The Architect's Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 

Coordinates: 54°43′23″N 11°47′59″E / 54.7231°N 11.7997°E / 54.7231; 11.7997