Hans Christian Andersen Poet with Pen and Scissors   20.10.2018 - 24.02.2019

Hans Christian Andersen. Poet with Pen and Scissors

Fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Princess and the Pea made Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) famous during his lifetime. However, few people know that Hans Christian Andersen was also a prolific artist: His works on paper range from radical, abstract landscape drawings, grotesque paper cut-outs to adventurous ink blot drawings collages for picture books.

Today, these subtle works in paper appear surprisingly modern. During his lifetime the general public was unaware of this aspect of his work. Instead, Andersen gave these works of art to friends and aquaintances. The “other Andersen” is an artistic discovery that also leads to Andy Warhol. The pop art icon captured Andersen and his paper cut-outs in colourful silk-screen prints, making an illustrious contribution to the reception of Andersen’s art which has lasted from the early twentieth century to the present day.
Along with Andersen’s art and its reception, the exhibition also documents the author’s visit to Bremen. Exactly 175 years ago, Hans Christian Andersen came to Bremen for the first time and, among other things, attended the third exhibition held by the Kunstverein in Bremen.

Generous loans from the Odense City Museums, The Royal Library Copenhagen and private owners are making this the most comprehensive presentation in Germany of Hans Christian Andersen as an artist.

The exhibition is held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.


(Fig. above: Hans Christian Andersen, Man with Swan and Buildings on his Hat, 1874 (Detail), Odense City Museums | Fig. exhibition overview: Hans Christian Andersen, The Botanist, 1848, The Royal Library Copenhagen)

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