October 6th 2018 - January 13th 2019

Down to Earth. Danish painting 1780-1920 and landscapes of the "anthropocene”

Landscapes have changed dramatically in the last 200 years. Mankind’s influence on nature can be read geologically, and almost two thirds of Denmark’s land surface is under cultivation for agriculture. It is this theme with which the exhibition Down to Earth is concerned. Through history, art and geography the exhibition offers new perspectives for the debate on “man-made” nature – and with it, also, changes in climate.

Danish painting 1780-1920

Around the year 1800 development began to gather momentum – we gained new knowledge of the countryside and its history and we began to map the whole country as well as increasing the effectiveness of agriculture. By looking at Danish landscape paintings it is possible to trace the development of man-made nature.

The exhibition Down to Earth brings together a brilliant selection of landscape paintings featuring motifs drawn from the whole of Denmark and painted by the country’s best-known artists, such as C.W. Eckersberg, J.Th. Lundbye, L.A. Ring and Vilhelm Hammershøi. These artists interpreted the great changes in the landscape in an intimate dialogue with science. The works in the exhibition therefore constitute a historical narrative of the human being’s impact on the Danish countryside.
At the same time the exhibition also contains present-day interpretations of the landscape’s development through the work of two striking present-day artists, Camilla Berner and Rune Bosse, who have created works specially for the exhibition, in which nature, climate and environment are once more in focus.

Children are also welcome

Children will be given an activities folder with a paper chase around the works in the exhibition. We have also made a space for creative play, in which children can construct their own landscape.

The exhibition is a joint venture between Faaborg Museum, Fuglsang Art Museum, Ribe Art Museum and The Hirschsprung Collection, who will take it in turn to host it.