THE GALLERY ~ The sculptor Rudolph Tegner inaugurated his museum building north of Copenhagen in 1938 to house his giant plaster sculptures, having sought the architetural expertise of Mogens Lassen’s close collaborator, the engineer Ernst Ishøy. As many times before, Ishøy and Lassen collaborated on this project. Indeed, an old architectural drawing of the museum building dating back to 1937 shows Lassen’s characteristic cursive signature, as a mark of the latter’s support of Tegner’s original concept for the eight-sided main building, which the principals were of the functionalist modernist architecture, where Lassen already pioneered within. Originally the walls were cast in the raw cement, as was characteristic of Ishøy and Lassen’s collaboration; 80 years later, the walls have been restored and stained in ochre, turquoise and terracotta. At once pompous, yet unpretentious and overwhelmingly inviting, the museum is treasure trove to discover. So it’s fitting that, to show its SS18 collection, by Lassen has staged a number of its pieces in the building, side by side with Tegner’s sculptures – and in doing so, the brand shines a light on the story of a colla1boration that, 80 years later, still remains powerful.
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