Architecture Exhibitions International

Utzon Center Aalborg

Utzon Gallery

Mar 9–Dec 31, 2018
Utzon Gallery © Utzon Center Aalborg

Large touchscreens and beautiful architectural models tell the exceptional story of the world-renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The extensive Utzon Archives have provided the content, which consists of everything from original sketches to models of the Sydney Opera House and other Utzon buildings.
The gallery’s large 65-inch high resolution touchscreens display drawings, photographs and video. In addition to the digital presentation, you also get a chance to appreciate the beautiful original models, in particular those of Utzon’s masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House.

Visitors are guided through Jørn Utzon’s life and career chronologically and thematically. From his childhood and adolescence in Aalborg to his years at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. From the early years of his career in Sweden during World War II to the time when he worked for the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The Nature theme plays a central role in Jørn Utzon’s architecture and in the gallery. The exploration of themes leads to an exploration of the Sydney Opera House, the Can Lis summer house in Majorca, Bagsværd Church, the Kuwait National Assembly Building and the mythical, never-built museum dedicated to Danish artist Asger Jorn in Silkeborg.

Professional actors have recorded the material in Danish and English. The technology is user-friendly and makes the complex and unique material from the Utzon Archives easily accessible.