January 28Marie is opening he exhibition "Les Contes Étranges de N.H. Jacobsen, un Danois à Paris" at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris, France
The first exhibition in France devoted to Niels Hansen Jacobsen (1861-1941) will take the visitor into the strange and dreamlike world of the Danish sculptor and ceramist, contemporary of Bourdelle.
From 1892 to 1902, the Dane settled in Paris; his workshop at the Cité Fleurie, 65 boulevard Arago, is the meeting place for a group of Scandinavian and Francophile symbolists such as the painter Jens Lund (1871-1924) or the engraver Henriette Hahn (1862-1934). Hansen Jacobsen also has studio neighbors the sculptor and ceramist Jean Carriès, the collector Paul Jeanneney, the illustrator Eugène Grasset.
The sculptures that Niels Hansen Jacobsen then designed - The Little Mermaid , The Mask of Autumn , The Troll , The Shadow , Death and the Mother ... - give a carnal presence to the thickness of time, to the founding myths, to the Andersen's tales, to the immemorial orality of Nordic folklore. Freed from the canons of academism as conventions of realism, these fabulous figures combine, in their disturbing strangeness, the poetry of symbolism and the formal prospecting of Art Nouveau.
It is also in Paris that in an alchemist playing with earth, enamels and the hazards of fire, Jacobsen becomes a master ceramist. An exceptional collection of ceramics from the Kunstmuseum in Vejen, partner of the exhibition, is accompanied by major loans from the Petit Palais, the Musée d'Orsay, and French public and private collections.
Highlighting the decisive place that Jacobsen occupies in the formal laboratory of symbolism, the exhibition thus offers a small but spectacular anthology of the first French symbolism.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Vejen Kunstmuseum, Denmark