“Nature no longer exists. That wild, untamed nature, untouched by human beings, is a thing of the past.” So states the author Josefine Klougart in her essay After Nature.
In After Nature – A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart, Josefine Klougart uses the prism of art to study the relationship of humans with nature in a kind of 3-D essay, in which the author’s texts interacts with the Glyptotek’s landscape paintings.
Nature as we knew it no longer exists. Klougart explores its beauty, and its disappearance from our modern reality. The sensuous design of the exhibition is the work of the set designer duo Vang Stensgaard.
The exhibition and the text go hand in hand; both feature seven ‘chapters’. The artworks paint a picture of the period when industrialisation made an indelible mark on the climate. The exhibition includes masterpieces from the Glyptotek’s collection: by French painters such as Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau; and by Danish painters such as Christen Købke, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg and Johan Thomas Lundbye.
As a natural extension of the exhibition experience, the Glyptotek is publishing a catalogue containing the full-length version of Josefine Klougart’s essay.
“I hope that together the text and the exhibition will kindle an aesthetic, as opposed to intellectual, notion of art: a notion that is swirling rather than linear; a notion whose goal is not to arrive at conclusions, but to pave the way for new, concrete thoughts about, and perspectives on this monstrous theme.” Josefine Klougart.
About the author Josefine Klougart:
The author Josefine Klougart (b. 1985) lives in Copenhagen. She read history of art and literature at Aarhus University, before completing graduate studies at Forfatterskolen (The Danish Academy of Creative Writing) in Copenhagen.
Klougart’s works have been translated into 14 languages. As a teacher of literature she has been employed as a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Since her debut in 2010, Josefine Klougart has published six novels and numerous essays.
Her writing tackles themes such as family, nature and death.
Get your copy of the essay After Nature in the museum shop
As an extension of the exhibition experience, the Glyptotek and Gladiator are publishing a catalogue containing the full-length version of Josefine Klougart’s essay. The catalogue is available in English in the museum webshop.
Shop products from After Nature
The museum shop has a wide selection of products from the special exhibition After Nature. Visit the webshop or drop by the museum shop, when you visit the museum.
Exhibition design: Vang Stensgaard
Light design: Mads Vegas
The exhibition and essay are generously supported by:
Axel Muusfeldts Fond
Arne V. Schleschs Fond
Landsdommer V. Gieses Legat
Nikolai og Felix Fonden
J.J. Henner, Nymph Resting Nude by a Forest Lake (-)
Gustave Courbet, Still-Life with Apples and Pears (1871-1871)
Edgar Degas, Horse Trotting, the Feet Not Touching the Ground, (1879-1881)
Paul Gauguin, Apatarao Landskab fra Tahiti, c. 1893
Vincent van Gogh, Landskab fra Saint-Rémy, 1889
Writer and Curator Josefine Klougart (2023) © Photo Sofie Amalie Klougart
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