Autumn holiday at the Glyptotek. Patterns and Monsters

/ 15. October 2022
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This Autumn holiday children and their adults can find their inner artist and spark their creativity in the Glyptotek’s clay workshop.

Draw inspiration from the museum’s huge array of patterns, monsters, ornaments and mythical creatures and create your own works for a major joint exhibition.

The workshop’s participants can print in clay, inspired by the imaginative, rich details of the museum’s building, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary. The clay prints will be displayed on a huge exhibition wall, together forming an impressive, constantly-evolving joint work of art.

The workshop has been planned to make plenty of room for everyone, and its design was inspired by the architecture and colours of the Glyptotek.

Make sure you also explore the entrancing architecture of the museum, closely perusing the endless quirky patterns, grotesque monsters, flowers, animals, seashells, fruits and angel wings that adorn the walls, floors and ceilings.

Mønstre og Monstre – Glyptotekets lerværksted

Practical information
Patterns and Monsters is for children of all ages and their adults.

Admission to the Glyptotek and participation in the workshop are both free of charge for children and young people under the age of 18.

Opening hours
Autumn Holiday (week 42): Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 am. – 3.00 pm.
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am. – 3.00 pm. from October up to and including February

Plan your visit to start no later than 2.30 pm, so you have time to create your own clay work. The workshop closes at 3 pm.

At any one time, there is space for 40 people in the workshop. In the lobby and at the ticket office, you can pick up a leaflet that will tell you where to find it.

Please note that the workshop may be crowded and busy on – especially on Tuesday where admission to the museum is free. Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee access to the workshop right away on Tuesdays. If you have the opportunity, we recommend you visit the clay studio another day.

At the museum’s information desk or at the entrance/exit of the workshop, you can also grab a ‘Glypto Game’, specially devised for children and their adults, and set off together in search of all the patterns and monsters that decorate the museum’s architecture.

In the workshop, the hosts, either trained artists or museum teachers/interpreters, will help you get started.

A caring workshop
The workshop’s aprons are made from old exhibition banners from the museum’s façade, and all the furniture in the workshop was constructed using recycled materials from a previous exhibition. The clay for the workshop will also be recycled when the workshop closes.

The workshop is the result of collaboration with Kurtzweil Exhibition Design, and the custom-made plaster stamps were devised together with the artist Ida Retz Wessberg.

Thank you for the generous support
The workshop, Patterns and Monsters is part of the Glyptotek’s 125th anniversary celebration of Vilhelm Dahlerup’s building and the project Living Buildings – Exploring the Architecture of the Glyptotek, which is generously funded by the following foundations:


Projektet er en del af Kickstart Kulturturismen, som er støttet af, Dansk Storbyturisme og Wonderful Copenhagens Kulturtestlab.

Leret til værkstedet er sponseret af Cerama. Forklæderne er lavet af gamle udstillingsbannere og produceret af den socialøkonomiske virksomhed I Tråd Med Verden.


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