DANISH QUEEN AND PRINCE CONSOLT EXHIBIT PERSONAL ART
PAS DE DEUX ROYALÂ AROS, MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTÂ AARHUS, DENMARKÂ 12 OCT. 2013
PRODUCER: ANDERS GARDE KONGSHAUGÂ +45 23103058
LANGUAGE: UK AND DK (NATURAL)Â SOURCE: DKVNRÂ ACCESS: ALL ACCESS
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At ARoS, the Museum of Modern Art in Aarhus, the Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik exhibit together. Their exhibition is called Pas De Deux RoyalÂ â€“ an artistic meeting â€“ and can be seen as a personal and artistic meeting between the two partners of the royal couple. At the beginning of their artistic career the Queen and the Prince Consort both worked under pseudonym.
The exhibition includes 150 works, early as well as very recent, divided into 10 galleries. The Prince Consortâ€™s work is characterized by an inclination towards physical forms and poetry,Â whereas the Queen likes to use motives inspired by nature in her art; thus most of her paintings are impressions of landscapes. The Queen loves to design textiles for ecclesiastical use, such as chasubles to be worn by bishops. She also loves to design theatrical costumes and large theatre stage sets.
As for the Prince Consort, his favourite modes of artistic expressions are sculpture and poetry. He creates imaginative bronze and marble figures and his written work is characterized by a flow of poetic diction.
Another art form favoured by the Queen is to make meticulous decoupage in which colored paper cutouts are glued together into imaginative new pictures and sealed with layers of varnish.
The Queenâ€™s first artistic pseudonym was Ingahild Grathmerâ€”an anagram for her name. She used this pseudonym when she made the illustrations for Danish edition ofÂ The Lord of the Rings, which she was invited to illustrate in the early 1970s. The Prince Consort Henrik used the pseudonym H.M. Vejerbjergâ€”a â€˜translationâ€™ of his French name Montpezatâ€” when he and the Queen translated Simone de Beauvoirâ€™sÂ Tous les hommes sont mortelsÂ in 1981.
In 2000, Queen Margrethe II illustrated a poetry collection namedÂ CantabileÂ written by the Prince Consort.
The Queen is fascinated by painting nature in its glorious magnificence, never leaving room for dominating figures in her art, while the Prince Consort always focuses on animal and human bodies in his sculptures, and his frequent use of the words â€˜youâ€™’ and â€˜Iâ€™ in his poems serve to underline human relations.
The Prince Consort once said: â€œI see poetry as an opportunity for immersion in a superficial time dominated by news and entertainment that makes us rootless and restless. Poetry takes us closer to the true nature of the world, in poetry we can approach the eternal questions such as love, loneliness and death.â€
Queen Margrethe and the Prince Consort Henrik are today even more dedicated artists and art lovers than in their younger days, and until the end of February visitors to the exhibition are invited to enter a universe far removed from the royal coupleâ€™s traditional and representative activities.
The royal couple accepted the invitation from curator Jens Erik SÃ¸rensen, director of the Museum of Modern Art of Aros in Aarhusâ€”a town which has recently been elected European Cultural Capital 2017.
It is the first time that the royal couple present their works in an exhibition at an international art museum like Aros.
1. ARoS HELICOPTER SHOT
2. BIG POSTER PAS DE DEUX WITH PICTURE OF THE ROYAL COUPLE
3. EXHIBITION ROOM. ART SCULPTURE SEEN CALLED THE HAND OF THE CREATOR 2013Â BY H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK AND CHASUBLE (CHURCH TEXTILES) BY H.M. THE QUEEN.
4. CLOSE UP ART – THE HAND OF THE CREATOR 2013 BY H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK
5. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II CHASUBLE
6. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE IIÂ BISHOP’S COPE FOR HADERSLEV CATHEDRAL 1999
7. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II and H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK ARRIVE
8. SYNC HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II
“I take it extremely seriously. I work with allÂ genres …as far as my ability goes, that may not go far enough, but I certainly put a real effort and a lot of thought into what I do. And lot of pleasure, I don’t suppose it would work at all if I didn’t love to paint and to express myself.”
9. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II and H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK IN EXHIBITION ROOM
10. SYNC HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II and H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK
H.M.Q.:” Vi blev – jeg tror, vi blev bÃ¥de overraskede og lidt benovede, og da vi forstod, at han mente det alvorligt, ikke sÃ¥ lidt stolte.”
Translation to UK: “We were – I think we were both surprised and a little awed and when we realized that heÂ (ref. Aros Director and Curator JÃ¸rgen Erik SÃ¸rensen) was serious, not a little proud.”
Translation to UK: “And happy”
“Ja glade i det hele taget”
Translation to UK: “Yes happy indeed”
“For pÃ¥ en mÃ¥de, pÃ¥ en mÃ¥de at vise, at vi, at vi kunne; vi kunne dele med andre, hvad vi synes, er en ting, som er tÃ¦t pÃ¥ os.”
Translation to UK: “For in a way to show that we could share with others what we think is something that is close to us.”
11. FABULOUS ANIMAL 1-8 1990-2013 BY H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK (VARIOUS ANGLES)
12. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE IIÂ SELECTED DÃ‰COUPAGES 1993-2009 ON WATESBASKET, CASES SCREENS, AND BOXES.
13. H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIKTORSO 2013
14. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE IIÂ LANDSCAPES TO LOST LEGENDS 1976-78 Â WATERCOLOUR AND PEN ON PAPER (VARIOUSÂ ANGLES)
15. SYNC H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK
“Selvom der er forskellige former for kunst. Det er kunst, der er et fÃ¦lles sprog mellem os.”
Translation to UK: “Although there are various forms of art. Is it art that is a common language between us.”
16. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II and H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIK IN EXHIBTION ROOM
17. SYNC HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II
“Du kan lide nogle ting, som jeg ikke … siger mig sÃ¥ meget, og jeg kan lide nogle ting, som ikke siger dig noget videre. SÃ¥ vi er absolut meget forskellige – ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ det punkt.”
Translation to UK: “You like something, that I do not .. or which does not convey much to me, and I like something that does not really mean anything to you. So weÂ are definitely very different – alsoÂ in that respect.”
18. INTRO JENS ERIK SÃ˜RENSEN, DIRECTOR OF AROS
19. SYNC JENS ERIK SÃ˜RENSEN, DIRECTOR OF AROS
“I think it is brave, it is courageous of the Royal couple to exhibit their work like this,Â in an museum . It is a big international art museum and of course, they will be criticised.”
20. HM. QUEEN MARGRETHE II
FROM THE FARTHEST MOUNTAINS 1999-2002
21. SYNC JENS ERIK SÃ˜RENSEN, DIRECTOR OF AROS
“It is not just a dull sculpture and I think that is the reason for exhibitingÂ it in an art museumÂ – it it wasn’t, it wouldn’t work.”
22. H.R.H PRINCE CONSORT HENRIKÂ THE HAND OF THE CREATOR 1996
Moderne Museum of Art
Margrethe, Queen of Denmark:
Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark