Royal Couple to display their artistic creations in joint exhibition

ARoS art museum in Aarhus will host the first ever joint exhibition of works from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik are preparing their first joint art exhibition at ARoS art museum in Aarhus.  The exhibition, 'Pas de deux royal – an Artistic Meeting', is set to open October 12 and will continue through 23 February 2014.

“We have been working on this exhibition for more than a year,” ARoS's curator, Pernille Taagaard Dinesen, said.  “The exhibition is an artistic dialogue between the Royal Couple and it’s a rare look into how they are analysing the world.”

According to Dinesen, the two royals each bring their own artistic style.

“The queen is more interested in landscapes, while the prince consort focuses more on human figures," she said. "But somehow their works are complimentary and that is where they meet in this dialogue.”

The exhibition will include 150 works staged in ten rooms.  The museum is also working with an architect to help in the staging.  An exhibition book will also be available with seven writers giving commentaries on the works in 240 pages, including illustrations of each piece.   

“It is an honour for us to have the Royal Couple put their works on display here in our museum,” ARoS's museum director, Jens Erik Sørensen, said. “The queen and the prince consort have been personally involved in every aspect of the planning and they are both very excited about this exhibition.”

Queen Margrethe’s works include paintings, découpage, and costumes designed for the theatre.  There will also be garments that the queen designed for churches throughout Denmark.  

Prince Henrik will have sculptures and works of poetry, which visitors can hear him read in a recorded recitation in French, his native language.

“I think people will be surprised to have the Royal Couple open themselves in this way,” Dinesen said.  “They are both definite artists and you will see how they change and come together through their works and through this exhibit.”