The Larsen Heritage

Tid: July 1 til September 3, 2017
Sted: The Johannes Larsen Museum

Works by Kamilla Talbot and Michael Herstand

Opening on June 30 at 2 PM.

Throughout 2017, the Johannes Larsen Museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Johannes Larsen’s birth with an impressive string of exhibitions, each of which gives insight into Larsen’s wonderful world. They also put his artistic heritage into perspective, showing how it lives on today.

The artistic heritage

A special perspective on Johannes Larsen’s universe is his artistic heritage, which also lives on in the Larsen family. In the exhibition “Larsen’s Legacy” and in the accompanying catalog, we’ll meet Johannes Larsen’s great-granddaughter, Kamilla Talbot, and her husband, Michael Herstand, who live and work both in Upstate New York and in Brooklyn, New York. Kamilla’s mother, Ane Talbot (née Larsen), grew up at Møllebakken in Kerteminde with her parents, Andreas, who was the son of Johannes and Alhed Larsen, her mother Else, and two younger siblings, Jeppe and Thora. Ane married the American doctor, Bernard Talbot, and settled down in the US, where the couple had two children. The younger daughter, Kamilla, chose to pursue an artistic career. Throughout her childhood, Kamilla spent all her summers at Møllebakken; she and Michael still visit here almost every summer.

Kamilla describes herself as “an American with Danish roots”, while one of the couple’s friends has described their artists’ home in Upstate New York as “Little Denmark”.

But it’s not only the Danish language and culture that has been inherited down through the family - there is also a certain Larsen spirit and tradition that live on through the two artists, and is actively used. It’s a fascinating thought, especially since Johannes Larsen died seven years before Kamilla was born. She has, therefore, never met her great-grandfather, but nonetheless, Johannes Larsen is an institution for the two artists. He was such a dynamo, and unshakeable, which calls up the oft-used comparison between Johannes Larsen and a big oak tree, in the mind’s eye. This comparison is perhaps not far off the mark.

About the exhibition

The project “Larsen’s Legacy” is the contemporary artist generation’s meeting with and use of Larsen’s world, just as it is a meeting between the Danish/Nordic and the American in nature and art. In terms of motifs, the exhibition has the following themes:

  • Kamilla Talbot’s and Michael Herstand’s home in Upstate New York, in the southeastern part of the state of New York, where they bought an old farm 8 years ago
  • The couple visiting Johannes Larsen’s home here at Mill Hill (Møllebakken)
  • Sailing on Johannes Larsen’s and Achton Friis’ old fishing boat, Rylen

The artists’ travels in other Nordic/northern countries, where they come close to nature and to the Larsen heritage.


Family workshop: Big city life - what does your town look like?
Sunday, October 29 from 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

What does your town look like?

Art night
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The four art museums on Funen invite you to come to Art Night.

Family Workshop: Christmas at Møllebakken
Sunday, November 26 from 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Come and be part of a cozy Christmas workshop.

A Wonderful World
December 1, 2017 - late February, 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We reveal the joy of Johannes Larsen’s world on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth.


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.

New artwork by Syberg in the museum’s collection
26. September 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

The museum has just received a group of paintings on unlimited loan.

Unique opportunity: Syberg’s studio is open
26. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

In connection with the anniversary exhibition “Garden by the Sea”, you now can experience something unique: Fritz Syberg’s studio.

Lots of activities for families at the Larsen Museum during this summer
26. June 2017
The Johannes Larsen Museum

We always have activities for kids. But this summer, we’re shifting into higher gear. Our program is filled with activities the whole summer.