Exhibition: Portraits of the Danish Royal Family

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The Amalienborg Museum in Copenhagen presents three generations of Danish Royalty in a large historical family portrait. See Thomas Kluge's exhibition this autumn at the museum.

The artist Thomas Kluge’s many years of work with the royal family culminate this autumn with the completion of a large group portrait of the royal family. The painting is both the story of a modern family and a piece of royal history. It will be exhibited together with other royal portraits by the artist in the Gala Hall at Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg.

The exhibition gives the public a chance to see the family portrait before it takes its permanent place in the residence of the royal couple at Fredensborg Palace. The other exhibited portraits are not normally on public display either as they are owned by various private institutions.

The group portrait is an art historical reference to a renowned painting of the 1880s which depicts the Danish royal couple and their international family. Christian IX and Queen Louise were called "the in-laws of Europe" in their time, and the painting by Laurits Tuxen has become a historic icon.

It has taken four years to create the family portrait and the completion this year adds an extra, historical dimension to the painting as 2013 is the 150th anniversary of The House Glücksburg. The work forms part of the anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition also presents individual royal portraits and shows the variation in Kluge’s art, from official portraits to a painting of H.M. The Queen which renders her as a private person, without make-up and wearing a knitted sweater.

The artist

Stylistically, Kluge’s art can be characterized as a kind of magic realism, and while making obvious art historical references he is also a significant postmodern innovator. In his works the precise depiction of humans and objects known from reality forms part of a universe which challenges the interpretations of the spectator, as they encompass something other and deeper than immediate, accurate likeness. 

Event date/time
16/11/2013 - 21/12/2013 KøbenhavnTuesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
27/12/2013 - 30/12/2013 KøbenhavnMonday, Friday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
01/01/2014 - 02/03/2014 KøbenhavnTuesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
10/02/2014 - 10/02/2014 KøbenhavnMonday11:00 - 16:00

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