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14/09/2021

Denmark orders 16 tapestries from Mobilier national

For the ornament of a Danish castle, The New Carlsberg Foundation has entrusted the Mobilier National with the realization of 16 exceptional tapestries. This Monday, July 5, the boxes were finally unveiled!

As the layout of Koldighus Castle required window tapestries, La Nouvelle Fondation Carlsberg turned to France for their design. The organization with one of the largest collections of French art beyond the borders, the Foundation, directed by Christine Buhr Andersen, naturally went to a French institution, the Mobilier national, for the excellence of its know how.

For this exceptional order, the hangings will therefore be woven within the Manufacture des Gobelins. In a beautiful period transversality, ancestral techniques will highlight the very contemporary graphic choices of the four Danish artists who designed the boxes: Bjørn Nørgaard, Tal R, Alexander Tovborg and Kirstin Roepstorff. “This relationship between a tradition that is centuries old and contemporary artists is essential to make it last,” explains Hervé Lemoine, director of Mobilier national.

Kirstine Roepstorff devant la tapisserie ''Les Frontières''
Alexander Tovborg auprès de l'œuvre ''Reine-Mère-Patrie''

The tapestries will be made at the Manufactures des Gobelins and de Beauvais by weavers working for the Mobilier national. But also at the private workshops of Aubusson whose know-how has been classified since 2009 as an intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

L'artiste danois Tal R devant ''Les Ruines''
Bjørn Nørgaard à coté de la tapisserie ''L’Origine du futur''

Begun in July 2020, the largest of the tapestries – almost 8 meters long! – should take another three years of work. But this Monday July 5 “is really a great day because we finally meet the artists who designed the project! »Emphasizes one of the lissières.

For Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, this project is also “a great breath at a time when culture is taking off again”. And it would seem that each thread is so many “symbols of the relations and links which unite France and Denmark”.

Tom dufreix

Le métier à tisser face au carton ''L’Origine du futur'' du Bjørn Nørgaard