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The Holy Spirit speaks many languages; among them the languages of art in all its forms. Frank Tracy Griswold

Christianity and Art

Denmark

DENMARK

 
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology, Centre for the Study of the Bible in Theology and Culture. The Centre for the Study of the Bible in Theology and Culture conducts research into the communication and reception history of biblical texts. The main focus is on two areas: 1) popular cultural interpretations of biblical narratives and themes within the frameworks of both old and new media, including literature, visual art, theatre, film and music; and 2) elite, professional interpretation of the Bible's history and its foundations, as seen in the broader context of the history of ideas. www.teol.ku.dk/english/dept/csbb (Dan, E)
 
Universtity of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Christianity and the Arts. The Centre was established in 1991 with the purpose to study the relationship between the history of the arts and the history of Christianity. In 1995 a particular study program in Christianity and the Arts was established. Presently, the research is mainly carried out at the Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals and through the research project In-visibilis; in addition there is a collaboration with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo through the project Sensibility and Transcendence. www.teol.ku.dk/english/dept/christianity_and_the_arts (E)
 
 
JOURNALS

Transfiguration: Nordic Journal of Religion and the Arts (Danish), a collaboration of the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen and the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. Transfiguration is a forum for discussions about the relationship between art forms and Christianity in the European tradition from the early Church until today. Church art is an important field of study for Transfiguration, but the aim is broader than that and also includes artistic expressions that do not contain explicit Christian religious matter. www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/tidsskrift.asp (Dan, E)
 
 
GALLERIES
 
Ringsted:
- Gallerie Emmaus with a list of Christian artists. Biblical subjects but also landscapes, abstract and figurative. Advises and deals also with churches. Address: Ll. Svenstrup, Gods Holbækvej 117, 4100 Ringsted. www.galleri-emmaus.dk (Dan)
 
 
MUSEUMS
 
Christiansfeld:
- Moravian Brethren Museum, Nørregade 16, Christiansfeld. With exhibitions about missions in Greenland, Africa, Suriname and Labrador. Also temporary exhibitions and the Jeppe-room in memory of the famous painter Jeppe Madsen Ohlsen, who was born in Christiansfeld in 1891.
 
Lemvig:
- The Museum for religious art. The roots for a Museum of Religious Art in Lemvig were planted when Bodil Kaalund made her decoration of Lemvig Church in 1976-81. The artist's cooperation with the local population led to many conversations about the being of art and about art's relation to the church and to religion. Many people are interested in the major existential questions of life and death, and in existence as part of a greater whole. The new generation seeks knowledge about our cultural roots. Furthermore, globalisation has opened the world to everybody, and intercommunal understanding has become more significant than ever. Art has always interpreted topical issues. Therefore art must be exhibited. The Museum in Lemvig sees it as its object to show how the religious dimension finds expression in today's art. Thus the conversations and debates that started when Bodil Kaalund decorated Lemvig Church continue. www.lemvigmuseum.dk (Dan, E, D)
 
Holsterbro:
- Jens Nielsen og Olivia Holm-Møller Museet Holsterbro: museum with works by Jens Nielsen (1891-1978) and Olivia Holm-Møller. With changing exhibitions.