A couple of weeks ago I returned from a visit to Helsingør in Denmark together with a sister. We were there to visit Kronborg Castle and the amazing photo exhibition of the kings and queens of Denmark. The exhibition is a collaboration between Jim Lyngvild, Kronborg Castle and the National Museum. Krongborg Castle was chosen as the venue for the exhibition that recreates the line of Danish Kings and Queens. Jim Lyngvild made this possible. He has made the kings and queens come alive through this very special photo exhibition. We don't know what many of them looked like when they were alive, because of the lack of paintings. Lyngvild has an interpretation of his own, though he has based it on what he has managed to find out. He has reconstructed costumes and jewelry, dressed up models he then photographed. When looking at his photographed, I was very impressed. Not details are left to chance.
Vikings & the Midle Ages
This exhibition is inspired by the tapestries that were made on the initiative by King Frederik 2nd. The photo shows the king together with his little son Christian, who later became King Christian the 4th .
Erik of Pomerania and Philippa - The chess dual
« Erik of Pomerania was a strawberry blonde, goodlooking and a bit of a player. On the other hand, we do not know what his wife Philippa looked like. She was, however, a polical genius and proved somewhat smarter than her husband. It was important for me to show that Philippa outshone her husband in the brains department. The game of chess symbolises their strategic abilities, and the queen has just won. By Philippa's side Erik's foster mother, Margrete 1 , is deep in her own thoughts. I also knew that I wanted the scene to take place in snowy weather, to suggest that Margrete and Erik ruled over the coldest part of the Nordic region. That is why there is a sleigh and a horse. The Arabian horse doesn't fit the time, but it's not that important. It just looks really good». Poul Grinder-Hansen:
«At the beginning of the 15th century Margrete 1 ruled over all the Nordic countries on behalf of ther adopted son King Erik of Pomerania. She was also behind Erik's marriage to the 12-year-old English princess Philippa.» (continues, but was not on my photo)
Frederik 2nd . - The Tiger hunt
The Royal lineage.
Margrethe 2nd (1940-) & Henrik, Prince consort of Denmark (1934-2018)
After leaving the last room with photos on my phone of each and everyone of the kings and queens, the way out was through the gift shop. Our eyes immediately fell on this book which contains all the pictures we had just seen. If we had known that, we hadn't needed to take pictures of absolutely all of Lyngvild's photographs! The book contains all. I still bought the book. Now I can look at these beautiful photographs any time. An absolutely impressive exhibition that made me even more curious about the Danish kings and queens. We both decided we have to visit the place where it all started – Jelling – King Gorm the Old is burried here.
Information boards at the exibition and the information told by Lyngvild and Grinder-Hansen in the videos the book by Jim Lyngvild.
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