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Women visualising the modern. Danish art 1880-1910

28 August 2024 - 12 January 2025

Bertha Wegmann: Arrangement with Field Bouquet and the Artist’s Palette, (1880s). The Hirschsprung Collection.
Bertha Wegmann: Arrangement with Field Bouquet and the Artist’s Palette, (1880s). The Hirschsprung Collection.
The Modern Breakthrough is a firmly established part of the story of the birth of modern Denmark. It is a time shaped by Georg Brandes’s epoch-defining demands for new narratives and a rejection of old hierarchies, and authors such as Henrik Pontoppidan and Herman Bang came up with their takes on new, up-to-date narratives. Visual artists also entered the fray, exploring new subject matter that put contemporary problems up for discussion.

But were men the only ones who had something to say? And what happens when you replace names like Peder Severin Krøyer, Erik Henningsen and L.A. Ring with those of Anna Ancher, Augusta Dohlmann, Anna Sophie Petersen, Johanne Krebs and Sofie Holten? A major exhibition at The Hirschsprung Collection unveils another kind of Modern Breakthrough. Here we show a selection, unprecedented in scope, of women artists who had their breakthrough on the art scene during this pivotal period in Denmark when the world opened up and women got greater opportunities for self-expression.

Using the Modern Breakthrough as a lens, The Hirschsprung Collection homes in on the women’s contribution to the visual arts of the period, mapping out their production, the themes they addressed and the questions and problems they put up for discussion. The exhibition unpacks how they processed and renegotiated subjects, themes and strategies they encountered in established art. In so doing, we expand, nuance and challenge the established perception of this landmark period, presenting a selection of works previously unknown to the public from a crucial turning point in Denmark’s history.
Agnes Rambusch og Harald Slott-Møller: Kammerater, 1886, Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj
Agnes Rambusch og Harald Slott-Møller: Kammerater, 1886, Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj

Anna Sophie Petersen: An Evening with a Friend. By Lamplight. 1891. The Hirschsprung Collection
Anna Sophie Petersen: An Evening with a Friend. By Lamplight. 1891. The Hirschsprung Collection
Nicoline Tuxen: Opstilling med blomster og fluesvamp i en vindueskarm, udateret. Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj
Nicoline Tuxen: Opstilling med blomster og fluesvamp i en vindueskarm, udateret. Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj

Edma Frølich Stage: Portræt af kunstneren Sophie Holten, udateret. Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj
Edma Frølich Stage: Portræt af kunstneren Sophie Holten, udateret. Privateje. Foto: Ole Akhøj

Augusta Dohlmann: Portrait of a Woman with her Hair Up, 1886, The Hirschsprung Collection.
Augusta Dohlmann: Portrait of a Woman with her Hair Up, 1886, The Hirschsprung Collection.

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Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Ny Carlsbergfondet og Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond