THE MUSEUM BUILDING
The main entrance to the Museum is situated in the west wing, which was previously the coach house, stable and hayloft. Following renovation, supervised by the architect Professor Vilhelm Wohlert, the building now houses a documentary exhibition, Karen Blixen’s personal library, the museum bookshop and café with outdoor terrace.
In the exhibition room, at the top of the building, a series of large-scale prints illustrates Karen Blixen’s life story; a selection of her childhood poems and youthful writings, manuscripts, drawings, letters, first editions of her books and much more is on display; one can listen on headphones to recordings of Karen Blixen telling her stories.
Two adjacent rooms contain a large selection of books from Karen Blixen’s library, both her own works and those of other authors.
A bronze cast of a bust of Karen Blixen made by the German-Danish sculptor Harald Isenstein in 1935 is also on display. The original bust is in the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, where Kay Christensen’s drawing of Karen Blixen (1947) and portrait in oils (1955) are also exhibited.
A bust of Karen Blixen made by Lis Hooge Hansen in 1956 is housed here for Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
The Boganis Room
The Boganis Room is used for public events: professional actors reading from Karen Blixen’s works, concerts, films, Sunday lectures, literary evenings etc. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
Read more about recent exhibitions:
“Beaton and Blixen” (1996), the British photographer Cecil Beaton’s portraits of Karen Blixen and other international personalities; “Writers’ Houses” (1997), documented by the American photographer Erica Lennard; “Secretive Africa” (1998); “Karen Blixen’s Flowers” (2001); “Karen Blixen – Drawings and Paintings”; “Queen Margrethe II at The Karen Blixen Museum. A book and its pictures” (2002); “Labyrint” (2003), Karen Blixen illustrated (2006), “Inspireret samvær” (2007) drawings by Steen Eiler Rasmussen (2007), ”En fantastisk fortælling/ A fantastic Tale” – an interactive installation inspirered by ”The Dreamers” from Seven Gothic Tales.
The Karen Blixen Print Exhibition is much in demand around the world; since 1994 it has been exhibited in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spanien, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, USA. In connection with the exhibition, the Museum can assist with information, ideas for events and seminars, and relevant contacts.