The Angli Courtyard

 

The ceramic painting “The Play of Imagination around the Wheel of Life” of 1966-68 in the inner courtyard of the Angli building is the first monumental decoration made in Herning by Carl-Henning Pedersen and indirectly the reason why his own museum was established in this city and inaugurated ten years later.


 

In the mid-1950s, Carl-Henning made the acquaintance of the shirt manufacturer Aage Damgaard who had attracted attention by introducing his staff to art at his factories in Herning. Damgaard played an active part in bringing art down from its pedestal and making it accessible to ordinary workers.

 

Aage Damgaard contacted Carl-Henning Pedersen in the early 1960s when he needed an artist to decorate the courtyard of his new factory building in the suburb of Birk: the Angli Courtyard. Carl-Henning Pedersen was persuaded to take on the decoration of an area of more than a thousand square meters. He chose to use glazed ceramic tiles for the assignment, but before starting on the actual decoration, he practised by drawing his well-known figures directly on the wall with black paint. This was not really a preparatory sketch. The finished work ended up consisting of 15 individual images separated by bands of ornamentation.

 

In connection with the decoration assignment at the Angli factory, Carl-Henning Pedersen came into contact with the influential people in Herning, and it was not least due to this network that it became possible to inaugurate the Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelt Museum as an “artists' museum” in 1976, situated next door to the Angli factory which from the late 1970s until September 2009 housed the Herning Art Museum.

 

When Carl-Henning Pedersen died in 2007, his urn was buried in the inner courtyard – and he is now laid to rest among the visions of his imagination.


The inner courtyard is freely accessible.