VICIOUS WIT. Marstrand’s caricatures
23 February - 29 May 2022
Where does one draw the line in terms of what you are allowed to make fun of?
The Hirschsprung Collection owns a large number of satirical drawings and caricatures by Wilhelm Marstrand. Often exploring problematic matters, these images play games with identities, political issues and power relations. Satire today is markedly different from that of the nineteenth century – and created under very different conditions. Even so, the question of what is and isn’t permissible in the name of humour is a recurring issue that cuts across time.
With this exhibition, we take a closer look at a selection of Marstrand’s caricatures, the historical preconditions underpinning their creation, and the discussions to which they contributed.
Corner Displays are small, intimate exhibitions presented in a corner of the museum. Each Display focuses on a particular corner of the collection, highlighting masterpieces from the collection, hidden gems and oddities.