Musée Bourdelle: an invitation made to Niels Hansen Jacobsen
In Paris, the Bourdelle Museum has invited the works of Danish sculptor Niels Hansen Jacobsen to unravel their strange tales coming out of the cold.
A Nordic and Danish wind is blowing on Paris this Winter and until 31 May 2020, it's through the first exhibition dedicated to Niels Hansen Jacobsen. This sculptor and ceramicist, contemporary of Antoine Bourdelle, invites visitors to explore the fanciful universe of his French years, between 1892 and 1902, when he nourished himself with exchanges and friendships formed in the capital.
Niels Hansen Jacobsen, special guest of the Musée Bourdelle
Enriched by his contacts with European writers, musicians and artists, his work is forcibly marked by a pronounced taste for the bizarre, the ambiguous, the macabre, even a « worrisome folklore » coming in from the cold and the fanciful image of Andersen's fairy tales.
An atypical artist
A far cry from academical traditions and the conventions of realism, he is inseparable from the most daring plastic researches of his time. In the wake of Gustave Moreau and Paul Gauguin, the one who has decided to partake in the ornamental modernity of Art Nouveau, while highlighting the school of Symbolism, invites you to his « artistic » Parisian convent.