The Wild Swans

Special exhibition
05. September 2009 - 30. December 2009
Her Majesty The Queen´s decoupages & costumes

- at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum


It is a pleasure for the Hans Christian Andersen Museum to exhibit HM Queen Margrethe II’s decoupages and costumes, which were made for the animation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Wild Swans”.

For several years, HM The Queen has devoted herself to Andersen’s literary works, and dramatized, animated and created illustrations to his fairy tales. HM The Queen has designed a whole series of decoupages as well as a number of costumes for the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale ‘The Wild Swans’. The idea is for these to be included in the film version of the fairytale using ‘green screen technology’, with the actors acting in a scenic space represented by the decoupages.

The exhibition at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum consists of 43 decoupages which include cutouts of many types of imagery and move from the tangible to the abstract, which HM The Queen has created out of cutouts from different sources. The exhibition also showcases a selection of costumes designed by HM The Queen. The green-screen technology used in the film can also be experienced together with props and backstage photos from the production.


The exhibition is arranged due to HM The Queen’s interpretation of “The Wild Swans”. Via topics such as Nature, Faith and Culture, Christianity reveals itself in the depth of nature and becomes a guideline in adult life. The art of HM The Queen not only illustrates Andersen’s fairy tale; the artistic expressions are also in consonance with the poet’s – as manifested in the author’s cut outs and collages.

The deeper we sought to delve into the fairytale, the richer it turned out to be. Its imagery, which had fascinated me already as a child, unfolded in all its diversity and reinforced my admiration and fondness for the art of Hans Christian Andersen". QUEEN MARGRETHE II


H.C. Andersens Hus
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Bangs Boder 29
DK-5000 Odense C

Open Tues – Sun, 10–16.
Admission: Adults DKK 60, children and young people under 18, free admission.

Tel. +45 6551 4601

For further information, please contact the head of Odense City Museums, Torben Grøngaard Jeppesen on tel. +45 6551 4600.



Odense City Museums
Overgade 48
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel +45 6551 4601
CVR: 39156040
EAN: 5790002433825


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