Keep up with the French collections world tour

Since autumn 2017, it has been possible to experience Ordrupgaard’s impressive collection of French impressionist works in foreign climes. While the museum is closed, the French masterpieces are being exhibited at a number of prominent museums abroad.


Since December 2017, Ordrupgaard has been closed while the museum’s new extension, Himmelhaven, is being built. However, that doesn’t mean that Ordrupgaard’s extensive collection of Impressionist works is just sitting collecting dust in storage. On the contrary, the works have gone on a world tour, starting with the beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. The museum borrowed a total of 44 works from Ordrupgaard’s collection for the exhibition The Hansens’ Secret Garden, at which the French public could experience some of Ordrupgaard’s most iconic works, by artists such as Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, Renoir and Morisot.

Back in France after 100 years

There was great interest in the Ordrupgaard collection in France, and the exhibition received a lot of attention in the French media. This was partly because several of the works were relatively unknown in France, even though they were painted there. The French collection reflects the great passion of the founder of Ordrupgaard, Wilhelm Hansen, for Impressionist works, which he brought to Denmark from France and placed in his grand villa in Charlottenlund. Most of the works had not visited France since Hansen first purchased them, almost a century ago. Wilhelm Hansen discovered the epoch-making Impressionist movement on his business trips to Paris around the turn of the nineteenth century. Together with his wife Henny, he built Ordrupgaard in 1918 – both as his private home, and as a place to exhibit his large collection of French art to the Danish public.


The French collection in Canada

In spring 2018, the collection journeyed onwards to the National Gallery of Canada, where the exhibition Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection showed no less than 76 works. Here, captivating landscapes by French masters such as Corot, Monet, Sisley and Pissarro were exhibited side by side with Courbet’s naturalism, still lifes by Manet and Matisse, Renoir and Morisot’s intimate portraits, and Gauguin’s more imaginative works. The exhibition also featured a number of works by major Danish artists such as C. W. Eckersberg and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Gauguin and the Impressionists in Italy

After Canada, the journey continued to Palazzo Zabarella in Padua, Italy. The exhibition was given the title Gauguin and the Impressionists and was shown until 29 January 2019.

The collection visits the Alps

Right now, the collection is visiting the spectacular Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny, Switzerland.
The exhibition Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection (Trésors impressionnistes – La Collection Ordrupgaard) is showing 60 works by some of the 19th century’s greatest masters, such as Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse.

Summary of the French collection’s tour

Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France: 14 September 2017 – 22 January 2018
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada: 18 May – 9 September 2018
Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy: 29 September 2018 – 29 January 2019
Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland: 8 February – 16 June 2019

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