David Collection 3, Copenhagen 2014

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This is one of my personal favorites in the Islamic collection at the David Collection. I’ll tell you why tomorrow 🙂

Mr. David was a lawyer who left behind a substancial amount of money. Until his deathhe had mostly collected odds and ends from Europe. You will find a couple of beautiful paintings by Hammerhøj, but when the trust fund had a new man in charge he recognized the niche of an Islamic Collection. Since the 70’ies the fund has been buying up Islamic art and now have an amazing collection – all free of charge.

David Collection 2, Copenhagen 2014

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This image as well as the one yesterday are of the huge – whatever – that greets the visitor at the top of the stairs in the residential house that has been converted into the museum.

A disclaimer: This once I’ll be sharing images I know quite well are not as sharp as they could be. The lighting was difficult and I don’t like tripods. But I do want to share some of the beauty with you so please bear with me 🙂

David Collection 1, Copenhagen 2014

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We are very lucky in Copenhagen in having several fine museums that are absolutely free. Right now I’m in San Francisco and I keep searching for free museums but they are not here. Only once a month or so where the crowds ruins it for me.

My favorite museum in Copenhagen is The David Collection and my favorite part is the collection of Islamic Art. The next series will be images from that collection.

With These Hands – A Story of Creation

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I’d like to share another story with you. Above is a picture of the art work ‘Floating Island of Pearls’. The official opening was yesterday. below is why I’m showing you this.

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The 1.8 * 1.8 meter square of images in the foreground is created by me. Isabel Berglund knitted her amazing work of art with the help of 47 women. I saw her poster asking for volunteers right when the project was starting. “What a wonderful photo opportunity,” I thought and contacted Isabel.

You see the result here. In the end I was invited by Isabel to exhibit along with her. My goal was to create a kind of baby book to show the island how it had come to be created. With mainly close-ups of hands knitting and working with shallow depth of field I tell the story of creation to complement the viewing of the actual art work. Here are a few more images from yesterday.

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