Frozen ground and windy days made me want to explore the beautiful Kolding even more. Coming from sunny Florida, I didn’t mind the cold wind cutting through my coat. It was a gloomy wintery day that I decided walk the streets of old quarters, where I checked out the medieval castles and a modern art museum before I went on a shopping haul. Kolding has a lot to offer.
When you are in a different country, you want to see as much as possible so my first choice was the Trapholt museum of art and design. It is located in the southern part of Denmark and is one of the the most popular museums outside of Copenhagen.
Tapholt contains a large collection of sculptures, modern arts, product designs, and special expos. What I like about this museum is that it’s constantly changing. This gives other new and well established artists to demonstrate their art and shows us how they see the society through their eyes.
I was lucky enough to catch an awesome exhibit called "EAT ME". The focal point of this exhibit is to focus on our lives and the world of food. See, taste, listen, smell and fell is the core of "EAT ME" exhibit. It's a great way for artists to challenge our views about how we look at society through food. Also it's a great way to raise awareness on the impact of overuse on the environment. I loved this museum and I think you will too!
History of Trapholt
The original property of Trapholt was a simple summer home of a well known dentist Gustav Lind. He was a Kolding native but had a well established career in Amsterdam with celebrities as his clients. However, during WWII he moved back to Denmark and made the summer villa into a full time residence. He built a house on the property with a large apple plantation that had approximately 12,000 fruited trees. Today, some of the apple trees are still standing by the entrance to Trapholt. The house was completed in 1945.
When Gustav grew older and his apple production was stopped, questions started to rise about who is going to manage the property since he and his wife didn't have any children. The questions were answered quickly when Gustav donated the property to the city of Kolding in exchange for a museum where he could showcase his art.
In the year of 1982, city of Kolding held a competition to find appropriate architects to design the new museum. The winners of the competition were Boje Lundgaard, Bente Aude, Sophus Frandsen and Svend Kirkegaard.
They did an amazing job making the museum an attraction itself. Focal point of Trapholt is known as the “Long Wall” that divides the museum in half (east and west side). The wall is used as a walkway for customers to get to various rooms. Each room is different sized and shapes to give you the unique feel to each artist.
The museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden full of sculptures overlooking the Kolding Fjord. Gustav Lind died in 1984 and was unable to see the opening of his museum. It’s a extraordinary place and a must see!!
"Eat Me" Exhibit!
The exhibit ends sometime in May 2018. You still have a chance to experience the "EAT ME" exhibit. My favorite room was where the artists show what kind of relationships we create with each other at the dining room table. They show how over the years our food and the cooking styles have evolved. Each year was defined by a specific decor, food and the way people survived. It was an eye opening exhibit.
Trapholt challenged over 60 artists to touch the issues of society, culture, identity, nature, boundaries, sense and future. The"Eat Me" exhibit is full of expressions where we see meat, dough and vegetables used as artistic material.
We use food for fuel, cultural & eating habits, boundaries, social media, etc. At this exhibit you get the experience of how all the designs affects your taste.
Cohesion - designer Hette Löwén- everything is covered in sprinkles. I was tempted to eat a piece which is the focal idea of this piece, human behavior.
Waste Time - designed by Anja Franke- inspired by our “throw away culture”. The plates are the statement of wasting time.
Eat Me - designed by Japanese artist group Three inspired by “increasingly inorganic” society- candies hung from the ceiling that allow visitors to eat them.
Stroke - designer Anya Gallaccio- chocolate space room that awakens visitors with its aroma and desire to eat chocolate.
Chair Apollinaire- is a large uninviting chair or raw meat.
Boundary - of the body between interior and exterior body, is the skin that covers our muscles and skeleton.
If you are planning a trip to Denmark, this museum should be on your to-do list. Since they are constantly rotating exhibits, you might discover something that suits you better. You can also visit their gift shop where you can buy a souvenir or if you get hungry, you can always grab a snack at their cafe and enjoy the view of the garden. I know you will love this place as much as I did!