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 at all. It was a gloomy wintery day, my favorite, I decided to walk the streets of old quarters. There was a beautiful medieval castle right beside the busy shopping street. Kolding is an interesting, cozy city.
I love art so when I visit different parts of Europe, I love to check out their art museums. Every country is unique. Traphold museum was the first thing that came up on my search so I went to check it out. It is located in the southern part of Denmark and is one of the the most popular museums outside of Copenhagen. I am so glad I went and experienced this rare museum.
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.
"EAT ME" EXHIBIT
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 feel is the whole meaning of the "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. 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, style and design. I honestly loved this museum and I think you will too!
A little bit about Trapholt Museum
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. He built a house on an apple plantation that had approximately had 12,000 fruited trees and made the summer villa into a full time residence. He started his apple production business. Today, some of the apple trees are still standing by the entrance of the Trapholt museum.
When Gustav grew older and his business came to an end, questions started to rise about who was going to manage the property - he had no 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 of the artist. Lind died in 1984 and was unable to see the opening of his museum
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 awesome and new. 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.