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
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
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
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.