Augustiana is an historical and architectural gem on the banks of Augustenborg Fjord with a long and varied history and an exciting future as an international art park and art gallery. The focus of the programme is professional contemporary art. Augustiana presents temporary exhibitions in the Art Gallery and a variety of art projects and events in the Art Park.
Tuesday-Sunday: 12.00 – 16.00. Closed on Mondays.
Open 24/7 all year
06.08.22 – 23.10.22
Sweet to Tongue and Sound to Eye – an outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculptural art in the park adjacent to Augustiana. The exhibition presents an ambitious cross-section of the Danish art scene, featuring both established and very young artists.
Inspired by the romantic park, the title of the exhibition comes from Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘Goblin Market’ (1862). The poem is all about seduction, sexuality, trade, abuse, nature and love. What trade or treaty is at the root of our understanding of nature? What have we gained, and what lock of our hair have we given in return? And to whom? The exhibition enters a magical territory, drawing threads out of the ground, and connecting them and knotting them like nets, garlands and chains.
Sponsored by 15. Juni Fonden.
21.05.22 – 07.08.22
The stately rooms of Augustiana will provide the perfect setting for works by a selection of Danish and French artists. With sensuousness, colour and tactility, they all explore the nature of textile art.
The title, In a Slow Manner pays tribute to the 1941 article Handweaving Today by the weaver Anni Albers. With an experimental approach, the exhibition activates the visitors’ senses with an examination of texture, expressed in a series of material-based, mainly textile works. From wall-hung woven works to two- and three-dimensional sculptures, the artists span a number of generations, intentions and expressions.
Augustiana Art Park & Art Gallery has invited the furniture artist Rasmus Bækkel Fex to create a series of sculptural benches for the park. They will give visitors to the park a chance not only to rest their feet, but also to enjoy an artistic experience.
The work of Rasmus Bækkel Fex (b. 1981) hovers somewhere between art and design, and form and function. The artist regards the furniture as functional sculpture, which you can sit in, look at and contemplate. Fex tends to think out of the box, and loves turning things upside down or inside out. So, the seven benches in the park also reflect new visions of a traditional outdoor bench. Can a bench be a sculpture in the landscape, but usable too? Visitors to Augustiana will discover the answer on 21 May, when the Benchmark project is unveiled in the park.
The shape of the oak benches was inspired by the columned section of the White Mansion.
13.08.22 – 20.11.22
The idiom of the Danish artist Lærke Lauta is ambiguous and enigmatic. Be they figurative or abstract, two-dimensional or three-dimensional, paintings or video installations, her works are meditative and sensuous, and evade our attempts to arrive at a clear-cut definition.
Lærke Lauta consistently expresses herself in several categories of work. The exhibition features not only video installations and figurative paintings, in which dreamlike scenarios create narratives, but also canvases, in which the narrative element is subdued and transformed into vibrating expanses of colour. The exhibition also includes her ‘layers’ series: free-hanging painted textiles that fill the space with colour, thereby creating a physical presence.
The presentation in the stately rooms of Augustiana is a 2nd version of the exhibition that Lærke Lauta presented at Rønnebæksholm in 2021. Back then, it was the global corona crisis that informed the title of the exhibition: Meditations in an Emergency. A year on, the title of the exhibition is no less relevant.
Lærke Lauta (b. 1974) studied painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Cooper Union in New York and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Lærke Lauta’s previous work has featured video installation, sculpture and painting.
The artist duo Claydies have created three, new, ceramic ‘selfie’ objects for the Augustiana Art Park. They were accompanied by the exhibition En Claydies Affære (A Claydies Affair) in the White Mansion. The newl, selfie-inspired, outdoor works are based on the history of Augustiana, particularly the flamboyant princess and dowager duchess, Louisa Augusta, who lived in the White from 1815 to 1843.
These works by Claydies explore the ‘selfie’ concept and the relationship between viewer and work. Thereby, they spotlight the penchant for self-promotion and the Instagram culture of our time.
Come and visit the Art Park and take a selfie with one of the three ceramic sculptures!
The park is open 24 hours a day and worth a visit at any time of the year. The spacious grounds, situated between the palace and the fjord, feature some distinctive works, rare trees and shrubs, and a breathtaking view of Augustenborg Fjord.