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Vilhelm Hammershøi, Portrait of Ida Ilsted, later the Artist’s Wife. (1890). SMK

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Portrait of Ida Ilsted, later the Artist’s Wife. (1890). SMK

Hammershøi | 7.jul.2011

Can we borrow exactly the works we want to show?

When you choose a theme like Hammershøi and Europe for an exhibition you do not simply face the task of finding the best works by a single given artist. The objective is to find works that can enter into interplay with each other and shed new light on the exhibition theme. The potential range of choice is virtually unlimited, and of course we will always strive to borrow the best, most suitable works imaginable. However, practical concerns must also be considered when selecting works: Will we be allowed to borrow exactly those works we wish to show? The paintings may be in poor condition or be on loan to other exhibitions. Or perhaps the owners do not wish to go without their works for several months.

We believe that we have been allowed to borrow some absolutely fantastic works of art. In addition to a range of Hammershøi’s major works we have obtained permission to borrow several outstanding paintings by artists such as Gauguin, Seurat, and Khnopff. Most importantly, we have gotten permission to show the US artist Whistler’s famous painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother, better known as "Whistler’s Mother", which is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. This was one of those paintings that Hammershøi admired the most.

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