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Paul Fischer – Copenhagen in the Best Possible Light

  • Foto: Københavns Museum
08 Feb


08.02.2020, 09:00 to 31.07.2020, 18:00
90 kr.
The Museum of Copenhagen, February 8th – July 31th, 2020

After years of being closed you can now look forward to the reopening of the Museum of Copenhagen at a brand-new address. The first special exhibition at 18 Stormgade is an exhibition of works by the Copenhagen painter above them all, Paul Fischer. From around 1900 he was famous for his paintings of elegant women, proud fishwives, straight-backed guardsmen and everyone else populating the streets of the city. The exhibition Paul Fischer – Copenhagen in the Best Possible Light presents rarely seen paintings, Fischer’s poster designs and postcard illustrations, as well as his own photographs of Copenhagen past.

Paul Fischer’s Love Affair with Copenhagen
The artist Paul Fischer (1860-1934) is most famous and loved for the paintings of Copenhagen he made around 1900. During his lifetime Copenhagen went from being enclosed and surrounded by ramparts to open up and become the city we know today. Fischer depicts the buildings and people of the city with a passion and intensity that makes it almost impossible not to share his love affair with Copenhagen. The exhibition shows Fischer’s Copenhagen come rain or shine, snow or sleet, and each and every work is imbued with his love of the city.

 Paintings and Much More

Many know Paul Fischer as a painter, but throughout his long and productive life he was also a prolific illustrator and poster artist. As well as his beautiful oil paintings, the Museum of Copenhagen also presents a large selection of Fischer’s book and magazine illustrations, many of them never exhibited before. Fischer was also not afraid to use the new mass media of his age. He was delighted to see his paintings on postcards and as illustrations, and fully embraced advertising posters as an artistic medium. Through his postcards, posters and pictures in magazines Fischer’s art reached the entire population of Denmark.

Fischer the Photographer

Paul Fischer was one of the first Danish artists to embrace photography and use it in his art. Even though the medium was frowned upon in art circles, it became integral to Paul Fischer’s work as an artist. The exhibition Paul Fischer – Copenhagen in the Best Possible Light zooms in on Fischer’s use of photography as a basis for his paintings. Fischer used his camera as a sketchbook, and by the time he died in 1934 he had taken over 5,000 photographs, a wide selection of which are included in the exhibition.

An Underrated Artist?    

Paul Fischer never really achieved the acclaim he deserved in the Danish art world, and even today his pictures are rarely exhibited. The Museum of Copenhagen is one of the few museums in Denmark to have works by the artist in its collection. Yet Fischer has always had a special place in the hearts of Danes – especially in Copenhagen – and his paintings were sold for sky-high prices at auction. With his romantic depictions of city life, Paul Fischer’s really does show Copenhagen in the best possible light.

Modern Exhibition Design in a Historical Setting

The new Museum of Copenhagen is to open in the old office of the Public trustee behind City Hall, the interior of which is now as resplendent as it was when the building was completed in 1894. In this special exhibition the historical interior of the building and Fischer’s pictures meet in a modern exhibition created by scenographer, designer and architect Anne Schnettler.