lena-artists photo challenge # 117 – a photo walk.

Amy took me on a stunningly beautiful walk along Cibolo Creek and now it’s my turn to take you on a walk.

In those days I don’t walk that much as I use to do, because my suffering from Polyneuropathy has become a lot worst and I don’t want to take “lucky pills” every day. It’s a real problem and I have been saving up my poor feet for all the adventures I had booked for this year, but nothing has happened so far. I love walking, but I can feel it’s getting harder and harder for me … it has slowed me down a lot – but it hasn’t stopped. me.

So I will take you to Denmark .. and one of their fantastic art galleries. It’s a while since I been there … now. Everything has been closed.

Ishøj is a Danish town with a population of around 20.000 in the region of the capital Copenhagen, but it takes about 20 minutes with commuter train from Copenhagen Central Station. From Landskrona, it takes about  60 min by train to Copenhagen.

The first time I visited we walked from Ishøj station to ARKEN Museum for Modern Art, that was a fair walk and it only happened once – after that, it has been the bus that directly goes between the station and museum, 2 times per hour.

ARKEN is located just on the edge of the Baltic Sea with miles of white sand beach, it’s also called the “Island of Art”


I have borrowed this image from inexhibit.com to be able to show you the awesome location.

The first thing we have to do  … is to go for lunch and their cafe/bistro is very adventures with their menus. Only cold food is being served, but served with a stunning view over the Baltic Sea,

Let me put an exhibition together with some of the artists that I have met throughout the year, my first visit was in March 2014.

The two Danish painters Michal Ancher and P.S. Krøyer, friend and rivals. Peder Severin Krøyer (1851 – 1909), known as P. S. Krøyer, was a Danish painter. He is one of the best known and beloved, and undeniably the most colorful of the Skagen Painters, a community of Danish and Nordic artists who lived, gathered or worked in Skagen, Denmark.

“The road to a friend’s house is never long.”
Danish proverb

 Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), a French-American artist that for me was famous for her fragrance and Colored Goddesses (Nanas). In 1965, she created her first Nanas, a slightly derogative French term for a young girl. These were large-scale sculptures inspired by the artist’s close friend, Clarice Rivers, who was pregnant at the time.

“Life … is never the way one imagines it.
It surprises you, it amazes you,
and it makes you laugh or cry when you don’t expect it.”
Niki de Saint Phalle

And of course the Danish girl – Gerda Wegener (1886-1940), that was for me unknown until the movie and ARKEN had an exhibition at the same time as the movie premiered. Must say that the Danish girl and her art took me with a pleasant surprise, her works I think is far better and interesting than her husband, Einar’s. She lived in the shadow of him, but she is a fantastic painter and illustrator.

” We went for coffee, and after… I kissed him.
And it was the strangest thing. It was like kissing myself.”
Gerda Wegener

And to last, I will introduce you to Ugo Rondinone (1963) that is a New York-based, Swiss-born artist …  and his meditating clowns. The room his  45 clowns was on show in is 80 meters long. One of the most joyful and exciting exhibitions I visit.

“You don’t have to understand art, but you have to feel it.”
Ugo Rondinone

A portrait of a day – vocabulary of solitude – is a portrait of a single person’s day represented in 45 acts. Each clown is a stand-in for one of these actions and is named with a verb in the present tense. Together they form an endless 24-hour loop: be. breathe. sleep. dream. wake. rise. sit. hear. look. think. stand. walk. pee. shower. dress. drink. fart. shit. read. laugh. cook. smell. taste. eat. clean. write. daydream. remember. cry. nap. touch. feel. moan. enjoy. float. love. hope. wish. sing. dance. fall. curse. yawn. undress and lie.

We have just walked over a total exhibition space up to 54,000 square feet (5016 m2) My feet are killing me. Time to catch the bus … the train back to Copenhagen Central and there before entering next train we just have to indulge ourselves with a “Kartoffelkage” (Potato cake) … there is always another train back to Sweden. 

Thank you so much for that you took time and join me for a tiring but very pleasant day out. I hope you enjoyed it so much as I did.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
Tim Cahill


23 thoughts on “lena-artists photo challenge # 117 – a photo walk.

  1. It wouldn’t be you without the food, Vivi 🙂 🙂 You do have interesting taste in art and I always enjoy looking over your shoulder. Shame about those feet though 😦

    • Jo, my feet have really become a problem … but I have “lucky pills” to take. They don’t take the pain away, they mess with my head so I accept the pain .. and I really like to talk when I take them. So I twit like a budgerigar. I hope that one day .. I can look over your shoulder. BedTimeHug!

  2. Thank you for taking us on this splendid journey. I’ll get to see you next year. I mean, I’m already going to be in Ireland and Northern Ireland. And I can thank you in person, hopefully!

    • Belfast is far better than Dublin … so give yourselves a couple of days in Belfast. My heart is still there. This is first year I haven’t been back for a visit in 11 years. Are you going with tour??? Otherwise I can give you tips about a nice basic and friendly hotel in the city center. Fantastic beds … great breakfast.

      • I have so many friends who live in Belfast, but have never been! I decided, next year will be the year. I was almost there three yrs ago, but then I got an urgent call from the Philippines. I was already in London. Instead, I had to fly to Manila (stress!) That’s why, I don’t want to wait anymore. Would welcome any recommendations for friendly hotels and I will look up your posts on Belfast restaurants!

  3. Ah… these paintings… Thank you for introducing these masterworks to us. Beautiful Ugo Rondinone’s clowns art exhibit, an endless 24-hour loop, incredible. What a fabulous walk through this Island of Art. Up to 54,000 square feet, Wow!
    So sorry to hear about your pain, Vive. Sending hugs. ❤

    • Amy, thank you so much … for joining me and taking part in something very special, at least to me. It’s a beautiful museum and worth the travelling and sore feet. Thank you so much … for the comforting words about my medical hiccups.Very kind of you. As Mr President said – it’s what it’s, has two choices: carry on the to my best ability or roll over on my back. *laughing – and life it too short for the last option.

  4. Vivi – I was very lucky to have been born into a family which appreciated not just the arts but art. Thus I was virtually brought up in galleries and still cannot keep away given an opportunity. I have collected Australian modern and Pacific Islands art since my twenties, tho’ these days of diminished funds I usually am but able to look ! I had never heard of this gallery . . . am so glad you took us for a visit. The tenor of what is shown, going both back and forwards, is culturally European and different to what I am used to . . . which will make further homework very rewarding and enjoyable. Thanks. Oh, I have suffered from peripheral neuropathy in my legs for over a decade . . .not so much pain but weakness . . . it HAS unfortunately also made a difference . . .

    • Eha, sorry to read that you’re suffering from peripheral neuropathy in your legs … it starts to affect my strength too. I feel safe when I walk even if it’s like I’m walking on fire .. but when I go down on my knees I have a problem to raise up again – and need something secured to hold on to.
      My grandpa did woodcarving and quite famous here in Sweden. Otherwise, there wasn’t much art in my childhood. It’s my handsome Greek partner that lived in Monte Carlo … that taught me about most art forms. He taught me about beauty in more one way. He became my adult life mentor. He died far too young, 42. I owe him so much.

  5. Wow. Outstanding walk. Notable to me that Wegener’s subjects’ eyes all look to the side, mostly to the left, but not always. LOVE the clowns. What about getting 35 clown mimes together that sit motionless and then shift positions every five minutes? Hmmm.

    • John, thanks so much for joining. The clowns are my favourite… I don’t think they changed all clowns every 5 minutes (I didn’t see any staff change them while we were in the room). … because there was quite a few of them. I think it was an awesome experience to walk among them, they looked so real. You were nearly afraid that they would come to life. You have a great eye for details, I never thought about Greta’s eyes … but maybe it had to do with her own insecurity???

  6. Oh my Vivi, what a walk!! I find museums as interesting, I think, as you do and I loved the art you featured. I also, however, find them to be exhausting for some reason. My shoulders ache, my feet hurt and my neck gets stiff. I can do a 3 mile run or a 20 mile bike ride and not feel a thing. I cannot figure out why museums so tire me. So how lovely to enjoy the beautiful art from my favorite seat with my feet up!! Wishing you a beautiful day!

    • So glad you join me … with your feet up, the best way to travel. I think it’s the air inside the museums that makes us tired, I’m always exhausted been inside a museum .. and then the travel on top. But there is something special about Danish art museums … their locations and layout and of course their exciting exhibitions. So a couple of times per year … I’m willing to go through it. *smile

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