Since most of our adventures happen on the weekend, it’s looks like I’m going to have reoccuring posts titled “the weekend.” Lets just make that a thing, shall we? From now on, I shall post on Monday about the adventures we had over the weekend.
This past weekend was filled to bursting with fun activities. I finally got out on my bike, and on Saturday Brian and I rode up north to Risskov along a bike and pedestrian path that runs right on the edge of the shore between Risskov forest and the sea. It’s a beautiful ride and quite flat since you’re riding along the shore the whole way.
It seemed like we were the only ones in Aarhus wearing helmets, apart from the people out long distance riding on their road bikes. But none of the people just biking into the city center for the day or running errands seem to wear helmets.
Then yesterday we went to the ARoS art museum.
Well, first we made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and took it to a coffee shop:
Since it can be quite expensive to eat out, even for lunch, we thought this was a good compromise.
Then we went to the art museum. Brian gets free tickets from work, so we’ve waited to go until he could arrange those. The building is one of the most distinctive features of the Aarhus skyline due to the permanent art installation, “Your Rainbow Panorama” by Olafur Eliassons, on top of the building.
It’s a rainbow colored walkway that guests can walk through to experience a panoramic view of the city tinted many different colors. And it’s lots of fun!
The actual museum is also really interesting. They currently have an exhibit called “Guld” which takes you through paintings from Denmark’s Golden Age in the 19th century. The exhibit pairs paintings with explanatory text that really helped us to understand more about Denmark and that turbulent period in the country’s history.
They also had an exhibit called “The Director’s Cut” where the art director chose to display specific unrelated artworks together because of the tone or feeling that they created when placed together. It’s a rather creative approach to museum exhibits, and I totally loved it. It meant so much more to me as the viewer (the audience?) than just wondering through pieces chronologically that don’t have anything to do with one another. I feel like all modern exhibits should be done this way!
Here is some of the fun and interesting art we saw:
That giant boy is a famous sculpture – titled, wait for it, “Boy” and created by Ron Muecks – and is a permanent feature at ARoS. It’s really realistic and actually quite creepy in person. There was also an interactive exhibit (bottom right) with these balls on a track. When a person entered the room, one ball was released onto the track. You were supposed to follow your ball around the room as it spun through the corse. And then the person on the bottom left is a living statue. She stayed in that exact position for the 3 hours that we were at the museum! I have no idea how people do that.
So those were our adventures this past weekend. Well, we had a few others, but those will be included in posts to come. I’ve got to keep you wanting more!