The Fairy Tale Room - Looking Out and Looking In
26. September 2017 | The Johannes Larsen Museum
You can think big thoughts in the Fairy Tale Room about looking outward and inward.
Three works of art have been chosen as inspiration for this new, exciting challenge in the Fairy Tale Room. The first is a painting by Fritz Syberg, “An Artist Family”, from 1899, where Alhed Larsen is seen painting the view outside the window. The second is by Johannes Larsen, “A Corner of the Merchant’s Yard”, 1889, from Faaborg Museum, showing a view out the window from the merchant’s office. The last painting is Alhed Larsen’s “Beech Leaves in the Window” from 1927. All three are works in which the artist looked outwards in order to see inwards - and the common theme is here: Views that give insight, and the other way around.
The challenge is this: Borrow a window or a door, take some paper, a pencil and a drawing board with you around the museum. Look outward and inward - maybe you’ll find one of the same motifs as Johannes, Alhed, Fritz or one of the other artists whose work you’ll see here at the museum. Remember that your picture can’t include everything you see. Choose the most important things and leave the less important things out of your picture. Zoom in, or crop the image, like you do with photos. If you move the main subject into the foreground and make it big, you will tell your story more convincingly to us who look at your picture. Maybe looking through a window or a glass door will help you to choose.
“The idea is that this activity will give people a chance to be creative, to contribute to a group painting at the museum and maybe to think about how artists use glimpses and views to achieve different insights and different artistic effects. It can also lead to thoughts about how children pick their own motifs,” said Birgitte Kjøller. “First and foremost, though, I just hope that families and children will have fun by going exploring around the museum and then making great pictures that they can either hang up in the Fairy Tale Room or take home with them.”
In the photo, Birgitte is putting the final touches on the walls so the room will be ready for the weekend. Come and take part!