Forthcoming exhibition: 12.9.2020 - 3.1.2021

Hans Scherfig

Danish artist and author Hans Scherfig is known for his colourful paintings and exotic animals.

Hans Scherfig: "Urskov", 1946. Ribe Kunstmuseum.
Hans Scherfig: "Urskov", 1946. Ribe Kunstmuseum.

This autumn Ribe Kunstmuseum invite everyone of all ages to get to know or revisit Scherfig’s wonderful universe. The exhibition is a tribute to the painter and author – and also to nature and the biodiversity that are currently under threat.

The painter and author Hans Scherfig (1905 – 1979) had never seen an actual jungle or savanna in his life. Throughout his life, however, he dreamed of elephants, giraffes, rhinos and monkeys in their natural habitats. His yearning to become a globe-trotter shines throughout his best-known novels such as Stolen Spring and The Missing Bureaucrat – and manifests freely in his brightly coloured paints of primeval forests. Scherfig’s paintings are devoted to friendly and peaceful herbivores – in a world devoid of predators and killing instinct.

Scherfig’s imagination was nourished at the Botanical Garden and Copenhagen Zoo. Africa, Asia and South America were very far away when he went to school, but today, we fear that nature’s greatest creatures will also soon be far away in time. Scherfig’s animals are currently highly endangered, and we must seek to appreciate their existence with love and respect for as long as we can.