The nordic norns and Blixen´s bedroom now open to the public
17 May – 29 December 2019
”The Nordic Norns” is staged in Karen Blixen’s old drying loft, built in the 1700s. Scenographer and costume designer Maja Ravn has created a total installation among the old wooden beams and clotheslines, where nature’s erotic forces and the devil surge forth.
Like the Norns, Sigrid Undset arouses sinful sensuality in Kristin Lavransdatter; Selma Lagerlöf bestows a forbidden love, ironworks, and a beggar’s staff upon the mannish majoress of Ekeby, while Karen Blixen archly transforms the prioress who governs Closter Seven.
The fates of these women are conjured amongst mysterious powers and mythological nature, knotted with the erotic, devilry, and sin. In a Blixenian way, reality, narrative, and the forces of nature are intertwined in Maja Ravn’s literary imagination.
At the same time as the exhibition, Karen Blixen’s wood-panelled bedroom will be opened to the public for the first time. Here she woke every morning to a view of the Sound, and here she spent her final days.
The Karen Blixen Museum is celebrating these three authors along with the affiliated writer’s homes — Sigrid Undset’s home Bjerkebæk in Norway and Selma Lagerlöf’s Mårbacka in Sweden — as well as the Norwegian Festival of Literature.
Graphic design: Mette Secher
Photo: Danny Gudnitz
The exhibition has received the generous support of:
15. Juni Fonden * Arne V. Schleschs Fond * Brødrene Hartmanns Fond * Fondation Juchum * Knud Højgaards Fond * Nordisk Kulturfond * Norges ambassade i København * Sveriges Ambassade i København * Rungstedlundfonden