Showing off his artistic prowess as opposed to his legendary musical flair, Denmark’s Museum of National History, situated in the magnificent fairy-tale setting of Frederiksborg Castle to the north of Copenhagen, is currently the proud host of not one but two exhibitions of paintings by American singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan. Only exhibited once before at London’s National Portrait Gallery, ‘Bob Dylan: Face Value’ is a series of 12 pastel portraits inspired by fictional faces from Dylan’s imagination as well as real people he has encountered over the years. ‘The New Orleans Series’ meanwhile brings together 23 oil paintings inspired by the charismatic southern American city, previously on display at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.
Frederiksborg Castle makes for a lovely day trip from Copenhagen, situated some 40 minutes away by train in the town of Hillerød. The largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia set over three islands amidst the palace lake, Frederiksborg dates back to the early 17th century when it was built by King Christian IV. Often referred to as the Nordic Versailles, Frederiksborg has been home to the Museum of National History since 1878 and in this capacity, showcases 500 years of Danish history through historical paintings, portraits and photographs, furniture and decorative art. And what’s more, the castle sits amidst a beautifully landscaped, tiered, baroque gardens replete with fountains, formal avenues, streams and bridges, perfect for a stroll prior to returning to Copenhagen.
Running until August 3rd, the exhibition, museum and castle are open to visitors daily between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Entrance costs 75 DKK (20DKK for children aged 6 – 15 years; senior citizens 60 DKK). From Copenhagen, catch line E of the suburban S-train to Hillerød. Trains leave every ten minutes and the journey takes about 40 minutes from the city centre.
And if it’s Bob Dylan, the musician, you’d rather journey to see, you’ll be pleased to hear that the a European tour kicks off in June, with dates in Cork, Dublin, Istanbul, Athens, Bucharest, Munich and Prague, as well as across Germany and Scandinavia. More information can be found at http://www.bobdylan.com/us/upcoming-dates