It is Made Up


Ceramic sculptures on Ikea furniture

Enlarged copies of Danish porcelain figurines first created between 1900 and 1960, each with an original maximum height of 31cm.


In the 1800s, and continuing to some degree into the 1900s, people in the cities had become particularly interested in the people of the countryside. They considered the Farmer the most “real” of all Danish and farmers became symbols of the true, hardworking Dane.

Danish national/folk costumes, which at the time were considered to be used by people in the countryside, were presented in a book for the first time in 1864 as a result of travels done by the artist F. C. Lund. Later, other artist relied on his lithographs for their own continuation of the tradition of representing the people of the countryside. However, as was discovered in the 1960s, the images were mainly a construction: the sought-after costumes were close to nonexistent and instead the represented clothes had belonged primarily to individuals and could not be said to be linked to neither an area nor a country.


Individual titles:

Why so sturdy? – Potato woman

Oh, such long time you have you been around – Girl from Amager knitting

Is it the inside or outside? – Fisherman

When you pretend to be something else – Girl from Aalborg


Original titles of porcelaine figurines: Kartoffelkvinde, Amagerpige der Strikker, Fisker, Pige fra Aalborg.