CULTURE – A FAIRY TALE UNIVERSE
A new museum in Denmark pays tribute to the country’s most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen
Love fairytales? Then check out the new Hans Christian Andersen museum, which recently opened in Odense, the birthplace of the Danish children’s author renowned for classic children’s stories including The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Pulitzer-prize winning architect Kengo Kuma has taken inspiration from Andersen’s fairytale, The Tinderbox, in his designs with a contemporary, curved, glass-fronted structure. Inside the building, 12 international artists have collaborated to deliver an immersive exhibition of sound, light and images before visitors step into the author’s childhood home and garden, which is filled with plants that feature in his fairy tales. Another part of the museum, Møntergården, delivers background information on the history of Odense and the nearby island of Funen.
Fans can further connect with the great writer’s mind by accessing the museum’s Odense city guide, which takes in 13 buildings and places important to Andersen. hcandersenshus.dk