Enung kvinde foran et maleri

November 4th, 2022 – February 19th, 2023


In collaboration with CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark

An exhibition presenting the ceramic works of J.F. Willumsen (1863-1958) and Jean Gauguin (1881-1961) in challenging dialogue with the young artist Klara Lilja (b. 1989), who has made detailed studies of Willumsen’s glazes.

An exhibition connecting three artists across time: Willumsen and Gauguin representing ceramic art of the last decades of the 19th century and mid-20th century respectively, and Lilje representing the present. All three artists are connected by sculptural ceramic works that combine a figurative narrative and expressive style with glazes in intense colours. They also share an unorthodox approach to ceramic techniques, in which none of them trained formally. Largely self-taught, they bring alternative artisanal and artistic approaches to the medium of clay based on inspiration from other artists and practitioners of the craft. What they have in common is their experimental and exploratory approach to ceramics, investigating the innate potential of the medium. The ceramic works of Willumsen, Gauguin and Lilja create powerful, sculptural stories based on the intricate relationship between mass, form and glaze. Their imaginative works possess elements of the distorted and grotesque, as well as the courage to depart from contemporary norms and pursue new paths.

Trilogien billede 3 Himmelgåden J.F. Willumsen

January 16th-June 12th, 2022


Willumsens’s World

Exhibition of the collection

For once J.F. Willumsen takes over the entire museum in an exhibition shedding light on multiple aspects of his wide-ranging oeuvre.

Highlights include Willumsen’s ceramics, 1890-1900, the relationship between Willumsen’s photography and painting, ‘The Old Collection’ – Willumsen’s own art collection as well as the creative process behind the making of two of Willumsen’s most famous works, Children Bathing on Skaw Beach and A Mountaineer.



The exhibition will present works by El Greco and Nordic artists in order to explore the Nordic reception and construction of El Greco in the decades 1885-1945, a period during which the artist becomes a cult figure before fading from view then being recently rediscovered. The exhibition will also address issues such as the image of the modern artist, translocality, and the migration of expressive form and imagery over time.

El Greco, Edvard Munch, Helene Schjerfbeck, J.F. Willumsen, Jens Adolf Jerichau, Vilhelm Lundstrøm, Ballet Suédois, Henrik Sørensen, Johannes Bjerg, Franciska Clausen, Nils Dardel, Harald Giersing, Isaac Grünewald, Frøydis Haavardsholm, Olivia Holm-Møller, Georg Jacobsen, Gerda Knudsen, Per Krohg, Karl Larsen, Kai Nielsen, Vera Nilsson, Johan Rohde, Olof Sager-Nelson, P.A. Schou, Vilhelm Wanscher and others.

El Greco. Bebudelsen, ca. 1600. Olie på lærred, 91 ×66,5 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

March 4th – June 4th, 2023

Skitse af en foroverbøjet overkrop.

Mama Mia

June 17th – October 23rd, 2021

Munchs fotografier: Edvard Munch. Selvportrett på Ekely. 1930. Foto: Munchmuseet

The Experimental Selv. Edvard Munch’s Photographs 

– 9 Jan 2022

Alchemist’s Laboratory

13 February – 31 August 2021

WTF Willumsen

24 Marts – 31 October 2021

Feel the Soul?

12 February – 31 May 2021

Maleri af en kvinde i orange og gule farver. Af Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Staging Nature and Life

10 October – 31 January 2021

Think, Dream, Imagine, Colours

12 June – 27 September 2020

Tiden møder tiden Jørgen Haugen Sørensen møder J.F. Willumsen på WillumsensMuseum

Time meets Time

21 June – 30 December 2019

Fra Klassisk til Queer fra gang mod Orlando Lærke Posselt Lea Guldditte Hestelund

From Classical to Queer

26 January – 9 June 2019

Installationsview fra udstillingen Ekkorum

Echo Room. Thorvaldsen, Willumsen, Jorn, and Their Collections

10 June – 30 December 2018

Brask Collection meets Willumsen

Brask Collection meets Willumsen

9 September 2017 – 18 Februar 2018