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Around the Sound

Skissernas Museum, Lund

Humlebæk Skåne


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1 Moderna Museet Malmö. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 9 Dunkers kulturhus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2 Malmö Konsthall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 10 Louisiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

3 Malmö Konstmuseum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 11 Ordrupgaard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

4 Skissernas Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 12 Glyptoteket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

5 Kulturen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 13 Den Hirschsprungske Samling. . . . . . . . 9

6 Historiska Museet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 14 Kunstindustrimuseet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

7 Lunds Konsthall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 15 Statens Museum for Kunst. . . . . . . . . . 10

8 Krognoshuset. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 16 Wanås . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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The Öresund Bridge

Around the Sound is a ticket that, for just SEK 249, allows you to travel around both the
Swedish and the Danish sides of the Öresund Sound. You can travel by train, bus and ferry
– the only requirement is that you cross the Öresund Bridge in one direction and take the
Helsingborg-Helsingør ferry in the other. The ticket is valid for two days. You can find out
more about the Around the Sound ticket at Skånetrafiken’s website,

Here are some suggestions for art lovers who want to take their own art tour
around the Öresund Sound. Over the course of two days, you can visit some of
the finest art museums and institutions in Skåne and Zealand.
You’ll get the most out of your art tour if you plan your journey in advance. Visit
the various websites and find out what exhibitions are running when you are
planning to travel. Malmö artist Jan Hemmel is your guide. Jan is a cultural jour-
nalist who has worked for Sveriges Television as a director, reporter and presenter.

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Art around the Sound
This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience world art in new, exciting
settings, from the renaissance castle in Malmö to the graceful buildings of Den-
mark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, set in undulating grounds, and from
Ordrupgaard’s bold modernist extension to classical statues in the Glyptotek’s
lush winter garden in Copenhagen. Two days. Let’s start in Malmö.

Photo: Åke E.son Lindman

© Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/
BUS, Stockholm/Vaga, NY 2010

Monogram by Robert Rauschenberg

1 Moderna Museet Malmö

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet has gained a worldwide
reputation for its collection of art. The museum now also
has a presence in Malmö, in the form of the Moderna
Museet Malmö. Collaboration between the two museums
ensures that there is always an exciting collection of the
great names in modern art, such as Rauschenberg, Klein,
Moderna Museet Malmö, Architects: Tham & Videgård Hansson
Warhol and Fahlström, to name just a few. Arkitekter (the old part by John Smedberg 1901)

2 Malmö Konsthall
Photo: Jan Uvelius

You can also see modern art at Malmö Konsthall, in one

of Europe’s largest and most beautiful exhibition halls.
Major exhibitions have been shown here since 1975,
featuring artists such as Miró, Peter Greenaway, Keith
Haring, Louise Bourgeois and Tony Cragg, as well as
contemporary experimental art and breathtaking instal-
lations. Many visitors return to the gallery day after day,
thanks to its excellent organic restaurant.
Malmö Konsthall, Architect: Klas Anselm

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Photo: Ulf Celander

3 Malmö Konstmuseum During this period he produced

Out on Slottsholmen, in the same thousands of sketches – sur-
building as Malmö Museums, is Malmö real, obsessive, dreamlike sketches
Konstmuseum, with its outstand- that have fascinated subsequent
ing collection of modern Nordic art. generations. His paintings are on
One of the major Swedish artists, Carl display, although his sketches are
Fredrik Hill, is represented here. Born not always on show. However, the
in 1849, he was a successful painter museum’s bookshop has a book
living in France until he had a nervous of Hill’s sketches – these might
breakdown in 1878 and was brought prove to be the source of the most
home to Sweden. Here, he was cared intense artistic experience of your
for at a mental hospital and at his tour.
home in Lund until his death in 1911.
Sketch by Carl Fredrik Hill

Let’s turn our attention inwards, to-

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wards the plains and coastline of
Skåne. The train journey from Malmö
to the university city of Lund takes
just a quarter of an hour.

Skissernas Museum, Lund

4 Skissernas Museum into its own museum. Its premises have since been
In the sculpture park in front of Skissernas Museum extended five times, and the museum is now home to
stands a battered bronze briefcase on a paving-stone more than 30,000 works. Its galleries house miniature
plinth. This is a study for part of a larger monument versions of sculptures and full-size plaster models, such
dedicated to the memory of diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, as Henry Moore’s Hill Arches, which almost fills an entire
which stands at the corner of First Avenue and 47th room. And not forgetting the paintings, from simple,
Street in Manhattan, New York. The paving stones are tentative pencil sketches to enormous murals by the
from the former Jewish ghetto in Budapest, while the Mexican artists Diego Rivera and José Orozco.
briefcase symbolises the thousands of protective pass-
ports issued by Wallenberg to save Hungarian Jews from The collections are divided up into an international
the Nazis. Wallenberg himself died in a Soviet prisoner- section – covering Mexico, West Africa and Europe, and
of-war camp, but it is not known when or how. including Matisse’s sketches for Vence Chapel in France
– as well as a Nordic section and a Swedish section. The
When the Museum of Sketches was founded in 1934, it works represent a magnificently varied journey through
was called the Archive for Decorative Art. It was set up as the history of modern art. The museum’s collection is
a research project to study the “birth of art” by collecting constantly evolving. It now includes graffiti and street
and analysing studies and sketches for public artworks, art, as well as film and video, but the more traditional
both paintings and sculptures. Thanks to donations from forms of art – painting and sculpture – remain a source
artists and acquisitions the collection quickly grew, of rich variation and real entertainment.
moving from the art institution where it was founded

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5 Kulturen
Lund is a compact city, and it’s only a short walk to the
next museum, Kulturen. Kulturen was founded in 1892
with the aim of collecting cultural artefacts that were at
risk of being lost, originally only from Sweden but subse-
quently also from around the world. The interpretation of
what constitutes a cultural artefact is extremely broad.
Here you will find doll’s houses and Japanese samurai
armour, masks from Asia and Africa, harvesting tools and
ceramics, glass and Egyptian mummies, rocking-chairs and
modernist paintings from the early 20th century – to men-
tion but a few of the museum’s 2.5 million objects. Many
of these are arranged in settings according to their histori-
cal origins.

Kulturen is also an open-air museum, and many buildings

have been brought here and re-erected in the museum’s
large grounds: a 14th century mediaeval house and a 16th
Kulturen, Lund
century peasants’ house, a 17th century church and an
18th century parsonage, and a tenement soldier’s cottage
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and a middle-class house dating from the 19th century.

There are exhibitions about the history of glass and the

art of printing, as well as fascinating special exhibitions,
such as one consisting of unique objects made by women
in the Ravensbrück concentration camp during the Second
World War. An exhibition on “the Design of Death” takes
Kulturen’s collection of weapons as its starting point. Kul-
turen is a museum that provides visitors with a wealth of
impressions – surprise, confusion and enlightenment – just
as every good museum should.
Silver tableware by Wiven Nilsson Photo: © Bengt Almgren, LUHM

6 Historiska Museet
Just one block away from Kulturen is Historiska
Museet. Founded in 1805, this is Sweden’s sec-
ond largest archaeological museum. For those
with an interest in art there’s a section that’s
well worth a visit: the department of mediaeval
church art. The numerous sculptors’ interpreta-
tions of Christ on the cross, the grieving Mary
and the figures around them make for a power-
ful experience.

Historiska Museet, Lund

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7 Lunds Konsthall

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A few blocks further south is Mårtenstorget
Square with its market. Here you can see the
current art exhibitions at Lunds Konsthall
which first opened its doors in 1957, and at...

8 Krognoshuset next door, a small

14th century brick building – such
historical juxtapositions are not unusual
in Lund. The square is also home to the
Saluhallen food hall, with its restaurants
and shops.
Konsthallen, Lund. Architect: Klas Anselm Krognoshuset, Lund

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Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg. Architect: Kim Utzon

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On to Helsingborg. On the edge of the Sound in the heart of Helsingborg is Dunkers Kulturhus – a meeting
place for culture in the Öresund region. This cultural centre includes an art gallery with varying exhibitions.
From Dunkers Kulturhus you can see across to Helsingør on the Danish side. Kronborg Castle, a renaissance
castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet is often staged in the summer months, rises up above the town.

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10 Louisiana

Photo: ©Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Heading towards Copenhagen, get off the train at Hum-
lebæk station and walk to the Louisiana. The museum
buildings enjoy a beautiful setting in a labyrinthine and
varied park full of sculptures by artists such as Henry
Moore, Jean Arp and Alexander Calder, with a steep slope
down towards the Öresund Sound. The Louisiana Mu-
seum has a unique open and welcoming atmosphere and
a superb restaurant. The collection includes over 3,000
works, many of which are masterpieces by artists such as
Picasso, Giacometti, Kiefer, Baselitz, Hockney, Kirkeby and
many others. This is a vibrant museum with five or six
major exhibitions each year and generous opening hours.

The Calder Terrace, Louisiana. Architects: Jørgen Bo & Vilhelm Wohlert

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Ordrupgaard. Architect: Zaha Hadid

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Ordrupgaard, near Klampenborg, is the next stop on humidity. In 2005, the acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid
your train journey. Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Monet, therefore created a large, wave-like extension to
Renoir, Corot... yes, all the big names are represented Ordrupgaard in glass and black concrete, which has
in the collection. As you explore the beautiful Danish attracted international attention. Furniture designer
collection, stop to take in Hammershøi’s mysterious and architect Finn Juhl’s house is now also part of
interiors, which vibrate with silence. Ordrupgaard. The building is an unparalleled example
of Danish modernism in terms of architecture, furniture
In today’s museum world, there are strict requirements design and art.
in terms of factors such as security and atmospheric

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Photo: ©Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Next stop: Copenhagen Central Station. From here it’s
just a short walk to Glyptoteket, with its delightful
palm garden, Palmehave, where you can sit beneath the
glass roof, surrounded by plants and sculptures, and en-
joy a cup of tea or an excellent lunch. “Glyptotek” is the
Greek word for sculpture collection, and this is Northern
Europe’s largest collection of antique art from Egypt,
the Middle East, Greece and Italy. You’ll also find more
recent works here by sculptors such as Auguste Rodin
and painters such as Paul Gauguin.
Just like Louisiana and Ordrupgaard, the Glyptotek was
originally a private collection, in this case owned by
brewer Carl Jacobsen, who donated his house and col-
lection to the state at the end of the 19th century. The
same is true of some other well-known Copenhagen
museums, such as the David Collection and the Hirsch-
sprung Collection. Both of these have a main focus based
on the interests of the collectors. Glyptoteket, Laurent-Honoré Marqueste, Perseus Slaying Medusa

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Den Hirschsprungske Samling showcases 19th century

Danish art from what is often referred to as “the Danish
Golden Age” through to the Skagen Painters, with P.S.
Krøyer at the forefront. The paintings are hung in beau-
tiful rooms where some of the furniture comes from
the artists’ homes. This seductive journey through more
than a century of history is a firm favourite among
those with a love of nostalgia.
P.S. Krøyer, Summer Evening on the Beach at Skagen:
the Artist and his Wife. 1899
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Are you interested in chairs? The café of Kunstindustrimuseet
is decorated with furniture created by Danish icons such as
Hans J. Wegner and Poul Kjærholm. Interested in 19th cen-
tury Japanese craftsmanship? International textile art from
the renaissance through to the modern day? 18th century
porcelain? International poster art? You’ll find all this and
much more besides at the Danish Museum of Art & Design.
The museum is housed in a beautiful large building, set in
idyllic grounds where the Grønnegård Theatre performs classic
comedies in the summer. Kunstindustrimuseet

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As is fitting for a large museum, Statens Museum for
Kunst embraces both the classical and the modern,
everyday realism, eccentric symbolism, the mysterious
and the challenging aspects of art, from both Denmark Statens Museum for Kunst, Nicolai Abildgaard,
and the rest of the world, spanning seven centuries. The Wounded Philoctetes, 1775

Here are a few a few examples. It’s unlikely that even the most diligent of visitors
would be able to discover all the artistic treasures that
Charming idyll: the Dutch artist Frans van Mieris’ eagerly await them in just two days. Should you spend
17th century inn interior Sending the Boy for Beer an extra day in Copenhagen or head back to Malmö? If
(Room 263). Dramatic torment: Danish artist Nikolai you’ve made wise choices from the travel opportunities
Abildgaard’s 1775 work The Wounded Philoctetes available and are looking for more artistic experiences,
(Room 217). Surprising intensity: Matisse’s 1905 port- there are a number of alternatives with an Around the
rait of his wife, with a wide streak of green across her Sound ticket.
forehead and nose (Room 203).

16 Wanås
One day left on your ticket? An obvious suggestion is Since then, the park has continued to grow apace.
Wanås in northern Skåne. Take the train to Hässleholm There are now 40 works by Nordic and international
and then the bus to Wanås. We leave the plains of artists such as Per Kirkeby, Roxy Paine, Maya Lin, Robert
Skåne behind us and venture into the forests of Göinge. Willson, Dan Graham, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Jenny Holzer and
This is where the 15th century stronghold of Wanås Antony Gormley. The park is open daily, all year round,
can be found, with its organic from 08:00 until 19:00.
Photo: ©Anders Norrsell

agriculture and grounds that

have been transformed over the At Wanås, it’s not just the grounds
course of the last 20 years into that have been given over to art.
a sculpture park with the feel of The cowshed and warehouse dating
a dense and enchanted forest, from the 18th and 19th centuries
where twisting paths lead to the have been converted into new ex-
works of art. hibition spaces, and over the years
Wanås has become an important
Work on the sculpture park institution both for the Swedish
began in the mid-1980s. This arts and internationally. For those
was the idea of the lady of the who take the time to explore the
manor, Marika Wachtmeister. paths in the grounds and the barns
She had identified a trend for and stables, it soon becomes quite
large works of art, requiring a evident that a voyage through the
great deal of space. She began world of art can be an exciting ad-
by inviting 25 artists to exhibit venture. And don’t forget to show
in the grounds of Wanås. Ten your bus ticket at the entrance to
years later, the work of more Wanås – you’ll get a 25% discount
than 100 artists had been shown on the admission charge.
at the sculpture park, which
Wanås, Antony Gormley, Together and Apart, 2001.
included ten permanent works.

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