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Ordrupgaard was founded at a time when women artists faced adverse conditions. This is clearly evident in the museum’s French and Danish collections, where the gender ratio reflects the era’s favouring of male artists. Addressing this historical starting point and fuelled by a desire to champion overlooked and underexposed women artists, Ordrupgaard has focused on women artists for a number of years – even before #MeToo. A succession of exhibitions have shed new light on historical artists such as Helene Schjerfbeck, Anna Syberg , Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, as well as on contemporary artists such as Nelli Palomäki.

In addition to the series of solo shows, Ordrupgaard has presented a number of exhibitions on artist couples, offering opportunities to introduce lesser-known women artists to a wider audience and raising their profile in art history. Examples include exhibitions about Carl and Karin Larsson, Johannes and Alhed Larsen, L.A. Ring and Sigrid Ring as well as Fritz and Anna Syberg, giving the museum yet another opportunity to address Anna Syberg’s art.

Ordrupgaard’s latest initiatives in the field include acquisitions of works of art by Klara Kristalova for the park and by artist duo Randi & Katrine for the museum’s newly established children’s room.

Ordrupgaard now introduces a special guided tour of the museum’s collections and park, focusing specifically on the prominent women artists found there – from the Impressionist Berthe Morisot by way of sculptor Sonja Ferlov Mancoba and artist duo Randi & Katrine to architect Zaha Hadid. The tour begins in the museum’s French collection, then takes you through the Danish collection and across to Finn Juhl’s house to finally end in the large park.

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Berthe Morisot,Mademoiselle Isabelle Lambert,  1885. Photo Anders Sune Berg