25 April – 30 December 2018

In the story of “Babette’s Feast”, Karen Blixen’s mysterious French female chef Babette flees France and the revolutionary Paris of 1871. She was a Communard, and this special exhibition evokes the time of the Paris Commune, which Karen Blixen’s father, Wilhelm Dinesen, experienced first-hand. Both Dinesen and Victor Hugo were strongly influenced by the bloody ending of the Paris Commune and inspired Blixen to create her iconic female figure, a woman who took to the barricades.

Poster design: Mette Secher (illustration © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet)

Opens 25 April 2018

For the first time, Karen Blixen’s kitchen will be open to the public. Visiting guests can see the original crystal glasses and porcelain used by Karen Blixen along with her cookbook, the menu of “Babette’s Feast”, and a wonderful array of the dishes that Babette served during her feast. The kitchen will be filled with ingredients and curiosities, evoking Babette’s culinary and artistic savvy  and the inspired creations of Blixen herself.

Exhibition photo: Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987), Photo: Peter Gabriel

The exhibitions are produced in collaboration with:
Aalborg Forsvars- og Garnisonsmuseum
Air France
Den danske ambassade i Frankrig
Den franske ambassade
Institut Français
Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint–Denis
Victor Hugo Museet

The exhibitions have been generously supported by:
Dronning Margrethe og Prins Henriks Fond
Knud Højgaards Fond
Oticon Fonden
Ernst B. Sund Fonden
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat