From Buddha to the Baroque

The exhibition “From Buddha to the Baroque” gives a rare glimpse into Carl Jacobsen’s unknown collections. The brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914) lived for collecting. Today he is best known for his ancient sculptures from the lands around the Mediterranean, and the French and Danish sculpture from the 19th century.

With the exhibition “From Buddha to the Baroque – Carl Jacobsen’s Unknown Collections” Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has brought some of the collections home which reveal that his taste for art was much broader than most people realise.

“From Buddha to the Baroque” will show over 100 works including old paintings, Baroque and Renaissance sculpture as well as East Asian Art. One of the treasures is a gilded statue of Buddha, over two metres tall from Japan.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has also assembled a number of paintings and drawings which Jacobsen believed to have been the work of such artists as Rembrandt, Rubens and Michelangelo.

After the brewing magnate’s death in 1914, most of the works were placed in other museums, such as the National Museum of Denmark, the National Gallery of Denmark and the Thorvaldsen Museum, who have kindly lent them for the exhibition. The remainder of the works have been brought out of the museums own storerooms. Many of them have not been shown to the public for almost a hundred years.

The exhibition celebrates Carl Jacobsen’s 170th birthday at the opening on Friday 2nd March 2012 where admission will be free of charge.

The exhibition has been realised with support from Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and the S.C. Van Foundation.