KAREN BLIXEN´S HOME
Karen Blixen´s private home is open to the public. The rooms are almost exactly as Karen Blixen decorated and arranged them, giving a vivid impression of the writer’s day-to-day surroundings. Some of the furniture came from the farm in Africa, including Denys Finch Hatton’s favourite chair and the chest that Karen Blixen’s steward, Farah, gave her. A number of the old stoves in the rooms came from Danish manor houses once owned by Karen Blixen’s relatives.
A short visit guided by the director of the Museum, Catherine Lefebvre, is shown below:
A small room has been converted into a gallery showing Karen Blixen’s African portrait paintings , charcoal drawings from her time as a student at the Academy of Art and some pastels. In the large drawing room Karen Blixen used to sit with her guests in front of the marble chimney-piece and it was here that she made her popular radio broadcasts during the 1950s and gave some of her television interviews. There are fresh flower arrangements in all the rooms, in the same style as those with which Karen Blixen decorated the house.
THE STUDY “EWALD´S ROOM”
During the last years of her life, Karen Blixen arranged her study, “Ewald’s Room”, as a kind of memorial room. Thomas Dinesen’s collection of African weapons was hung on the wall behind the desk; Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish National Gallery) lent her the bust of Johannes Ewald that still stands on top of Wilhelm Dinesen’s gun cabinet. Karen Blixen’s painting of a stuffed toucan bird hangs on the wall; she painted it in Africa and gave it to Denys Finch Hatton.
In May, 2004, the new rooms at The Karen Blixen Museum were opened. Caroline Carlsen, who came to Rungstedlund in 1949 as the housekeeper, and who died in 2003, had these rooms as her private apartment. They have now been modernized and the two new rooms are:
1. The bird room has at the moment a special exhibition about Rungstedlund´s long, rich history – not only the buildings own history but the comings and goings of a whole array of people who have passed through. Exhibitions in this room are mainly related to themes about birds.
2. The film room shows a Karen Blixen-film (12 minutes.) The film, made in 2004, by Laurits Munch-Petersen is called: Imagine – Karen Blixen´s Stories.
This film is in dialogue with existing documentation, and it gives a refreshing new and different angle towards the works of Blixen.