Viking Exhibition Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark

Vikings Exhibition, National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen, Danish Architecture Design

Viking Exhibition Copenhagen

National Museum of Denmark : Danish Interior – design by ATELIER BRÜCKNER

24 Jun 2013

VIKING in the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen

Design: ATELIER BRÜCKNER

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

World´s largest Viking ship

ATELIER BRÜCKNER creates the setting for the world´s largest Viking ship

VIKING, a large-scale special exhibition about the cultural history of the Vikings, is being shown by the National Museum of Denmark from 22 June to 17 November. Superb exhibits, including items on loan from twelve different countries, bear witness to the Vikings’ importance from a European point of view. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a shipwreck found in 1997 in Roskilde, not far from Copenhagen. With a length of 37 metres, it is the largest currently known Viking ship and is presented within a media installation created by ATELIER BRÜCKNER.

VIKING. Setting for the world´s largest Viking ship, inaugurated by the Queen of Denmark:
Vikings Exhibition National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen
photo : National Museum of Denmark

The Stuttgart exhibition designers developed a “liquid screen concept” that makes it possible to experience the exhibit anew in a unique and unprecedented way. Integrated in a metal skeleton that reveals their former position in the ship and the surprising size of the wreck, the original parts that were salvaged are “embedded” in an animation. Film sequences appear between a semi-transparent foreground area and a wide background panorama.

Visitors are able to directly experience how the former warship, which could carry up to 100 people, sails slowly through a majestic fjord. They can immerse themselves in a story that portrays the ship being exposed to the elemental forces of a storm on the high seas, how the crew attacks and plunders a seaport and, finally, how the warriors fare on their return journey home.

The film deliberately does without photo-realistic, computer-generated 3D animations. Instead, the animation was completely produced “by hand”, using traditional animatic techniques. The resulting ductus lends a poetic dimension to the work.

VIKING. Setting for the world´s largest Viking ship:
Vikings Exhibition National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen
photo : ATELIER BRÜCKNER

The VIKING exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Denmark in collaboration with the British Museum in London and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History), which belongs to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In spring 2014, it will travel to London, after which it will be on show in the Martin-Gropius building in Berlin from 10 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.

Vikings Exhibition National Museum of Denmark Copenhagen images / information from ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH

Vikings Exhibition Copenhagen design : ATELIER BRÜCKNER


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