The Fairy Tale Room - a new experience

24. September 2014 | The Johannes Larsen Museum

The Fairy Tale Room at the Johannes Larsen Museum has been a gathering place for children of all ages for many years. Here, you can draw from your imagination or colour in the fine illustrations from Johannes Larsen's watercolour paintings from The Ugly Duckling. The walls of the room have been decorated for many years with his large original paintings from another children's book, The Story of Little Kitty, written by Kresten Kold. The book about Little Kitty is still one of the best sellers at our museum shop. (It is written in both Danish and English.)

During the course of the last year, the Fairy Tale Room has been renovated, or shall we say, changed. The room is still a creative oasis designed for children, and the stories of The  Ugly Duckling and of Little Kitty can still be "read" on the walls. But now the room also has discovery cupboards and shelves. They hold stuffed birds, toys and antiques. There are many strange things, some of which are quickly identified, but others are surprising or make you guess about what they are. Children can inspect a horseshoe crab, an odder foot and a Janss' pipefish - fascinating objects from the animal kingdom that you don't stumble upon every day.

This means that they can hopefully set imaginations going, which is the main goal of the Fairy Tale Room. The museum would like to challenge children of all ages, both in terms of creativity and curiosity, to maybe see the world from unusual or odd angles. Some of the cupboards are closed and others are open, so children can take the objects out and draw them. The many strange objects are from personal collections, and the artists Jens Bohr and Søren Hillerup Vaag, among others, have contributed things to the cupboards.

Chairs and tables have been custom made for the Fairy Tale Room. They are designed by museum manager Alex Christensen and decorated with beautiful images by bird artist Jens Gregersen. The modern look of the bird decor harmonises well with Johannes Larsen's bird paintings in the museum's collections, and Gregersen's featherweight brushstrokes seem to lift from the tabletops and out to all the creative and curious children and adults, including those with a special interest in birds.


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