The Amanda Fund - the gift from Carsten Reissmann

01. July 2014 | Johannes Larsen Museum

A new fund has seen the light of day. The Amanda Fund, subtitled Carsten Reissmann's Fund, was created by physician Carsten Reissmann, who came from Kerteminde. He was a passionate art collector, and the Funen painters held a special place in his heart. He also collected old maps and sea charts; they were donated to the museum along with his art collection at the time of his death in 2012. The map collection, one of the largest in Denmark, and the paintings by the Funen painters are an outright gift to the museum. In addition, the museum will receive approximately one million kroner in the form of a fund - the Amanda Fund - to support art and culture in the Kerteminde area, with special emphasis on the Syberg family (Fritz and Anna Syberg and their children). The fund's art collection will be placed and registered by a separate department of the Johannes Larsen Museum.

The board of directors

The board of directors has been appointed, with university lecturer and PhD Per Grau Møller from the Cartographic Documentation Centre of the Institute for History at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense as its chairman.

The other members of the board are museum director Erland Porsmose, the former and current chairmen of the museum association in Kerteminde, Hugo Madsen and Jørn Tvedskov, as well as Annelise Hansen, a friend of Carsten Reissmann. When the estate is settled, the fund will be officially registered, and an amount in the vicinity of one million kroner will be its capital, the interest of which shall be used to continue making acquisitions to the collection. "To a major degree, artwork, studies and publications with relation to the Syberg family are to be favoured," according to the instrument of foundation. To a "lesser degree," support can be given to other artwork and cultural objectives in the Kerteminde area.

A permanent Reissmann exhibition

It is a condition of the fund's instrument of foundation that at least one room at the Johannes Larsen Museum be dedicated to works of art from the Reissman Collection. In this way, Reissmann's collection is put on the same footing as the commemorative room for Tulle and Nan Due Nielsen's Pax-collection, which formed a significant part of the basis for the museum soon after its inception.

In 2014, the gift from Carsten Reissmann will be especially accentuated by a summer exhibition: "A Collector Spreads Delight" at Toldboden (The Customs House) on Strandgade. The exhibition opened June 20 and ends on August 31.

In addition, a special spotlight is aimed at Carsten Reissmann's favourite artist, Fritz Syberg - in fact, on his whole family - at the Johannes Larsen Museum. The exhibition "The Syberg Dynasty" opened on June 6 and will remain open until October 5.

The many valuable maps from the Reissmann Collection are at present being registered, and then some of them will spend time at the conservation workshop. There is a plan to make the maps available on the internet in scanned form.

Picture: Jakob Jørgensen: Hyrdevej Street facing North Beach, 1915. This is one of the works Carsten Reissmann has donated to the museum.

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