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The Færch Wing 2011

Holstebro Kunstmuseum’s new exhibition wing, the Færch Wing, was inaugurated on 26 February 2011. This will be the setting for future exhibitions at the museum. Building the Færch Wing was made possible by a donation of DKK 21 million from the Færch Foundation. In September 2009, the building was begun, the roof timbers were raised in May 2010, and on 26 February the building was then inaugurated.

The architect Hanne Kjærholm (1930-2009) has designed the Færch Wing. She also designed the extension to Holstebro Kunstmuseum built in 1981 as well as the wing dating from 1991 housing Holstebro Museum.

The Færch Wing gives on to an open yard. A series of varying exhibition rooms with a mounting height of three metres are grouped around a high-ceilinged exhibition hall with a five-metre mounting height.

The Færch Wing is an architectural and material continuation of the museum building from 1981. It has been built according to the same basic module of 5x5 metres as the 1981-building. Again, the same materials have been used in the two buildings: the flooring consists of natural stone tiles from Öland, thinly rendered, white-washed brick walls, and window frames made of aluminium. Here too, the white-glazed tile forming the transition between floor and wall is common to the two buildings. The Færch Wing totals 1,200 square metres – the lower floor comprising 527 square metres.

The central exhibition hall, however, differs from the remainder of the buildings with regard to both architecture and material choice. The hall has a ceiling height of five metres, the walls and ceiling are clad with plasterboard and the floor is made of oak planks.
There are not many windows in the Færch Wing. Natural light from windows is difficult to manage when setting up an exhibition, so the primary light source in the Færch Wing is artificial light. Also, the museum has decided to dedicate as much wall area as possible to displaying art.

There are windows only in the part of the building facing the inner yard and in the extreme north-eastern corner of the museum. Here is a room where you can enjoy the view to the Museum Wood seated in furniture designed by Poul Kjærholm. The room is called the 'Glass Corner’. Here, too, there is wooden flooring and the concrete cupolas in the ceiling have been lined with mahogany panels. A mahogany wall with sliding doors separates the room from a catering kitchen, to which there is access on special occasions only. The kitchen, too, has been designed by Hanne Kjærholm.

On the lower floor of the Færch Wing, there is an exhibition room together with store rooms and technical installations. Allso, there is a connecting passage to the lower floor of the 1981-building. Extending from this passage, there is a small exhibition room containing, among other things, the ’Cabinet of Wonder’.

Holstebro Kunstmuseum is one of Hanne Kjærholm’s principal design projects. With the Færch Wing, she has added a series of new architectural elements and motifs to the museum and she has thus created a beautiful and functional framework for the museum’s future special exhibitions.