Carl-Henning Pedersen og Else Alfelts Museum

Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelt’s Museum

Vivid colours and mystical figures


Inaugurated in 1976 and extended in 1993, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum is a fantastically colourful, eye-catching feature of the Herning cityscape and boasts an incredible collection of Carl-Henning Pedersen’s and Else Alfelt’s art. The museum holds more than 6,000 works by the two artists, presented in the original, circular main building and in the prism-shaped extension. The entire building is confidently conspicuous, its exterior covered with ceramic tiles hand-painted by Carl-Henning Pedersen. The prism-like building is also adorned with Carl-Henning Pedersen’s paintings, with two sides covered in colourful tiles and one wall made of glass.

Outwardly, the museum interacts directly with the other spectacular buildings in its immediate vicinity, and in the inner courtyard of the circular building all surfaces are covered by a single, continuous work of art: The Play of Imagination around the Wheel of Life, painted by Carl-Henning Pedersen in 1966–68 on hundreds of ceramic tiles. Very popular with visitors, the courtyard has other qualities besides the fantastic frieze: its acoustics cause every sound there to echo with incredible clarity, a trait which only serves to enhance the sense of magic and liminal wonder evoked by Carl-Henning Pedersen’s work.

As part of Socle du Monde’s Prologue, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum presents a historical exhibition focusing on Herning’s deep ties to the textile industry and the unique artistic endeavours undertaken in Herning and Birk when Sven Dalsgaard, Robert Jacobsen, Paul Gadegaard and not least Piero Manzoni created their amazing works there. The exhibition will span the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, the Angli Factory, and the Angli Courtyard, offering tribute to the artists and works that first put Herning on the map as a thriving centre of art. While giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy unique works that reflect the textile industry Herning was known for in the 1980s, the Prologue tells the fantastic story of how these artists and their artistic experiments prompted two different realms – the textile industry and art – to enter into the state of harmony so strongly evoked by their works.


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