Artist: Bjørn Wiinblad
Print: Serigraph (Print by Kai Svendsen Serigrafi - signed by Wiinblad in print)
Dimensions: 24.2 x 34.5 in (61 x 80 cm)
Condition: Good condition - signs of handling, very light wear in the bottom of the image - please see pictures.
Dissemination: Very rare
A truly cosy and atmospheric poster from 1989 following the classical signature line of Bjørn Wiinblad. This very poster is an advertisement poster for "Dyrehavsbakken" - the worlds oldest amusement park located just north of Copenhagen.
Dyrehavsbakken (The Deer Park Hill) dates back to 1583 were entertainers and hawkers was drawn by the citizens of Copenhagen who came there to collect clean drinking water as the water inside the city was bad.
For a period of the area that the spring was located was not open to the public due to it being on royal hunting grounds. In 1669, King Frederick decided to set up an animal park in the area and his son, Christian V, extended the size of the park by 3-4 times after he became king in 1670. The park was off-limits to the general public under Christian V and this did not change until 1756, under yet another King Frederick.
Today it is a thriving amusement park filled with modern rides and amenities. Dyrehavsbakken is home to six roller coasters, the most famous of which is Rutschebanen (Danish for "The Roller Coaster"), a wooden roller coaster open since 1932. Rutschebanen has been deemed an American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Classic. I guess the fame of the roller coaster is why Wiinblad decided to include that on his poster - along with a lot of trees as the amusement park is located within a forest.
The craft of Wiinblad is often colorful, lush and full of humor. He was inspired by the sumptuous oriental style far from the Nordic stylish line. This artwork is differently true to his special line.
The views on his works are to this day very divided, but interest in his finer things are unrelenting - especially abroad (particularly the U.S., Japan, Germany and Norway). Bjørn Wiinblad's contemporaries were not exactly inclined to acknowledge his way to work, so his position as an artist has been a bit special.
Globally, Bjørn Wiinblad is one of the very best selling Danish artists. He is (among other museums) represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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