Just outside the Danish town of Næstved lies Rønnebæksholm, a majestic and distinctive manor in historical natural surroundings.
Rønnebæksholm is now an art museum that presents four exhibitions per year with a primary focus on contemporary art. With origins tracing back to the Middle Ages, the history and environs of Rønnebæksholm inspire our approach to art exhibitions – where contemporary art juxtaposes with this history in a process of mutual scruitinisation – and our full range of activities, from harvest activities in the manor garden to educational tours for school groups.
The white main building, built in Neo-Gothic style, houses the exhibition space, art workshop, cafe and shop. Næstved Art School and Talentskolen (a school for the development of artistic talents) are housed in the old stables by the entrance to the park. The restored carriage port and charming historic stable are used to host lectures, concerts and conferences, while the park and courtyard by the main building serve as a venue for summer events, such as the garden market and midsummer celebration, as well as the celebration of N.F.S. Grundtvig’s birthday with a choir concert in September. The “Friendliness” pavilion, commissioned in the 1850s by Rønnebæksholm’s owner Marie Toft in tribute to her husband, N.F.S. Grundtvig, is located in the south-eastern corner of the park. Adjacent to the park is the 6,000 square metre Manor Garden, a vegetable garden modelled after French archetypes. A large natural playground is located behind the Manor Garden, a musical installation featuring large outdoor musical instruments made of stone and wood can be found next to the manor stables, and picnic areas dot the park area. All outdoor facilities at Rønnebæksholm are open to the public and free of charge.
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