Statues moving in

 

after a life  

 

outside

 

 

After decades – and even centuries  – outside in all sorts of weather and during dramatic historic events some of Denmark’s most iconic statues are moving into a brand new museum.

  

It is the wear and tear of the ancient statues from parks and public places that have led to the creation of the museum that will open in 2014 and so, give the sculptures a second life.

 

The museum will be situated in the former premises of Christian IV’s Brewhouse which is one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen and situated by the sea.  

 

The first two inhabitants are two equestrian statues that are also national treasures.

 

One is Scandinavia’s oldest equestrian statue from 1688 that depicts King Christian V and which was created by the French sculptor, Abraham César Lamoureux and cast in lead.

A copy from the 1940s has taken its initial place on the Kings Square in Copenhagen while the original statue will be restored and exhibited in the Brewhouse. 

 

The second is a plaster cast of Jacques-Francois Joseph Saly’s master piece of King Frederik V from 1771 which is situated on Amalienborg Palace Square – a statue which is regarded as one of Europe’s finest. 

The classic pose of the horse was first seen on the oldest existing equestrian statue which shows “the philosophic Emperour”, Marcus Aurelius, from Ancient Rome, 176 AD.

 

The sheer size of the art work was so enormous that it had to be dismantled and then put together again. With the King’s head back on his shoulders it almost touches the ceiling with only one and a half centimeter of extra space, tells architect, Charlotte Lauridsen adding that there will be altogether hundreds of various sculptures under the same roof when the museum opens in the spring in 2014.

 

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