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Opening of “Skagen – An Artists’ Colony in Denmark” at the National Museum of Western Art

09.02.2017  09:38

Today, the National Museum of Western Art opened its doors for its exhibition of the famous Danish Skagen-paintings, which are being exhibited on occasion of the current 150 years anniversary between Denmark and Japan.

Attending the exhibition was H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito in his capacity of honorary president of the anniversary and the Danish Minister for Culture, Mette Bock. The crown prince and the minister toured the exhibition in accompanied by Denmark’s Ambassador to Japan, Freddy Svane, and Japan’s Ambassador to Denmark, Toshiro Suzuki.

The exhibition includes paintings by the famous Danish painters P.S. Krøyer, Anna Ancher and Michael Ancher. “Skagensmalerne” (the Skagen painters) is the name commonly used to refer to the artists’ colony that gathered in the northernmost town of Denmark, Skagen, to paint from the late 1870s to 1900. Their paintings are especially known for their light composition and their depictions of every-day life in Denmark.

This is only the second time ever the paintings have been showcased outside Denmark and it is the first time they can be enjoyed in Japan. Art-lovers and other people interested in seeing the paintings should take this opportunity as it most likely is the last time the paintings will be exhibited outside of Denmark. Due to the certain delicate white pigment used, the paintings are very fragile and are easily damaged.

The exhibition runs from February 10th to February 28th at the National Museum of Western Art, hereafter the paintings will be exhibited at Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art in Hekinan, Aichi-prefecture.