The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Models, Modules etc. - The Redesign of the Museum Basement 2001-2007

  • Margrethe Floryan, arkivet.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk, 2008
  • This is a re-publication of the article:

    Margrethe Floryan: ‘Models, Modules etc. – The Redesign of the Museum Basement 2001-2007’, in: Meddelelser fra Thorvaldsens Museum (Communications from the Thorvaldsens Museum) p. 2008, p. 233-246.

    For a presentation of the article in its original appearance in Danish, please see this facsimile scan.

Summary
Models, Modules etc.
The Redesign of the Museum Basement 2001-2007

The following considerations were crucial to the project: The need to solve a series of unfortunate climatic conditions, including a high degree of humidity in the air; the ambition to replace the exhibitions – now over 30 years old – with new ones; the desire for a greater degree of authenticity in the appearance of the historical building. The concept of authenticity was understood both in relation to the architect Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll’s interpretation and the changes which the building has undergone since the Museum was opened in 1848 (including the alterations of 1923-26 and 1966-73). The architects Alexander H. Damsbo and Henrik Ingemann Nielsen have designed a new range of exhibition furniture in addition to the copper elements in the now exposed window shafts. The new exhibition area is intended to introduce Thorvaldsen through some of his personal belongings and documents, to present a selection of works from his time at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and his early years in Rome, to show a series of his plaster models for the major commissioned works, and to exemplify Thorvaldsen’s copying methods, his restorative tasks and his loans and inspirations from a series of works in the canon of the antiquity. The idea is to retain the new exhibitions for 8-10 years. The newly designed museum equipment will, it is to be hoped, have more years to look forward to.

References

Thorvaldsens Museums arkiver, herunder fotoarkivet med optagelser fra 1913 og ‘Vedligeholdelsesoversigt af bygning 1848 til i dag’, udarbejdet i 2005 af mag.art. Laila Skjøtthaug.

Balslev Jørgensen, Lisbeth, ‘Jørgen Bo som museumsarkitekt’, i: Museumsmagasinet, nr. 17, september 1981, ss. 3-6.

Balslev Jørgensen, Lisbeth, ‘Thorvaldsen’s Museum: A Display of Life and Art, 1848-1984’, i: The International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, nr. 3, 1984, ss. 237-250.

Helsted, Dyveke, ‘Vedligeholdelse og fornyelse’, i: Meddelelser fra Thorvaldsens Museum 1970, ss. 138-139.

Helsted, Dyveke, ‘Vedligeholdelse og fornyelse’, i: Meddelelser fra Thorvaldsens Museum 1973, ss. 140-141.

Kappel, Thomas, ‘Arkitekt Jørgen Bo og kælderens indretning 1966-73’, i: Meddelelser fra Thorvaldsens Museum 1998, ss. 186-194.

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