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Vilhelm Hammershøi: White Doors. Strandgade 30. 1899. Vilhelm Hammershøi: White Doors. Strandgade 30. 1899.

20. January – 21. May 2018 Golden Age and Green Forests.

On the occasion of the centenary of the foundation of Ordrupgaard, a selection of works will be shown from the distinguished collections of the North Zealand art museum, encompassing Danish and French art from the Danish Golden Age up to the beginning of the 20th century. 
 
You can see some works from the exhibition here. 
 
In 1918, insurance broker Wilhelm Hansen and his wife Henny opened up their home, Ordrupgaard, to the art-loving public. Here, visitors could personally view the couple's collection of paintings, from the French impressionists and the Danish Golden Age painters up until the modern breakthrough. 
 
2018 thus marks the centenary of Ordrupgaard's inauguration, but imminent expansions and extensions mean that Ordrupgaard cannot mark the anniversary in its own building. Instead, the event is being celebrated as a kind of reverse birthday party, in which the museum’s primary Danish collection will be brought out to the guests. 
 
The celebrations begin at Holstebro Kunstmuseum, which this spring is hosting an exciting selection of Ordrupgaard’s masterpieces. Famous works by C.W. Eckersberg, L.A. Ring, Theodor Philipsen and Peter Hansen are just some of the many treasures that will be on view at the museum. This is the first time the collection has been shown outside Copenhagen. 
 
The exhibition will also include a selection of works from Ordrupgaard's exquisite collection of one of the absolute stars of Danish art, Vilhelm Hammershøi, who is represented by a total of nine paintings, with the museum's much talked-about new acquisition, White Doors. Strandgade 30 (1899), as a highlight. 
 
The exhibition ‘Golden Age and Green Forests. 100 years of Ordrupgaard' will show a selection of the works that Wilhelm Hansen collected, starting from the very beginning, in 1892, up until his first purchase of French art in 1916. The very first painting that Wilhelm Hansen bought, which will also be on display at the exhibition, is a small study in oils by Johan Thomas Lundbye. Together with other works by the great names of the Danish Golden Age, this marked the starting-point of the collection, demonstrating that Wilhelm Hansen took his point of departure on safe art historical ground. 
 
But it was contemporary art that really caught his attention: works by Danish painters such as his friend Peter Hansen, as well as L.A. Ring, Theodor Philipsen and Vilhelm Hammershøi. These were bold choices, as these young and then relatively unknown artists represented a new departure in Danish visual art. 
 
The exhibition also shows some of the first works by French artists that Wilhelm Hansen acquired around 1916; purchases that marked a new beginning and the inauguration of Ordrupgaard as a publicly-accessible collection. There are works by Armand Guillaumin, Charles-François Daubigny and Narcisse Diaz de la Peña. 
 
During the First World War Wilhelm Hansen’s collection of the French impressionists expanded as his purchasing power grew, both because the economy was flourishing in neutral Denmark, and because large private collections had come onto the market in France, due to the war. 
 
So when Wilhelm and Henny Hansen opened up their home in 1918, they were able to present the city’s art-loving public with a unique collection of Danish and international art. Wilhelm Hansen died in 1936, while Henny lived at Ordrupgaard until her death in 1951. The house then passed to the State. In 1953 Ordrupgaard opened as a museum, and remains a living museum today, entirely in the spirit of the founding family. 
 
'Golden age and green forests. 100 years of Ordrupgaard' has been organised in close collaboration with Ordrupgaard. The exhibition will subsequently be shown at Ribe Kunstmuseum, Sorø Kunstmuseum and the Skovgaard Museum in Viborg. 
 
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated book on Ordrupgaard’s Danish collection, with texts by Ordrupgaard's director, Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark. 

'Golden age and green forests. 100 years of Ordrupgaard' is part of a series of tours - held in Denmark and abroad - during the year of Ordrupgaard's 100th anniversary and temporary closure due to its new extension.
 
The exhibition is supported by the Færch Foundation. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Selected works from The Collection of Poul Holm Olsen