Loading

The Lobby Frieze

Rasmus Larsen1921

The Danish Parliament

The Danish Parliament

A 268 metre long frieze in 'skønvirkestil', which was a Danish version of art nouveau or Jugendstil, runs throughout the Lobby between the Chamber and the former Landsting Hall. The frieze was painted by artist Rasmus Larsen using a fresco technique during the period 1918-1921, i.e. immediately after the Rigsdag had moved into the recently-built third Christiansborg Palace. The previous Christiansborg Palace burned down in 1884. The recurring theme is an intertwined flower motif, but the element that attracts particular attention is the artist's many, often very unflattering and caustic comments and references to political life in the Danish Parliament – comments that could be called political scenography. Some of the comments are popular adages and maxims, while others were purpose-written for the frieze. By all accounts, the artist was given a completely free hand to paint the frieze. Initially, some politicians probably took exception to the comments, but today they delight everybody who visits the Lobby.
© Folketinget
Photographer: Torben Eskerod

Show lessRead more

Details

  • Title: The Lobby Frieze
  • Creator: Rasmus Larsen
  • Date: 1921
  • Physical Dimensions: w268 metre
  • Original Title: Frisen i Vandrehallen
  • Danish Description: I hele den store vandrehal mellem Folketingssalen og den tidligere Landstingssal løber en 268 m lang frise i skønvirkestil, som er en særlig dansk udgave af art noveau/jugendstilen. Frisen blev udført i fresco teknik af maleren Rasmus Larsen i perioden 1918-1921, altså lige efter Rigsdagen var flyttet ind på det nybyggede tredje Christiansborg Slot. Det tidligere Christiansborg slot var brændt i 1884. Det gennemgående tema er et blomsterrankemotiv, men dét der skaber opmærksomheden er de mange små vignetter med malerens ofte meget direkte og ramsaltede kommentarer og referencer til det politiske liv i det danske parlament. Frisen kommenterer det politiske liv - man kan tale om en politisk scenografi. Nogle af vignetterne illustrerer folkelige mundheld og fyndord, mens andre er fremstillet direkte til frisen. Maleren havde efter sigende fuldstændig frie hænder til at udføre opgaven. I starten er kommentarerne nok faldet nogen politikere for brystet, men i dag er de elsket af alle, som besøger Vandrehallen.
  • Provenance: © Rasmus Larsen/billedkunst.dk
  • Type: Frieze

Recommended

Home
Explore
Nearby
Profile