The project obtains an original collection of more than hundred handmade plaster casts, collected from museums around the world in the years 1920 to 1970. Something that could never happen today.
Everything then and now made by hand, in the heart of Shakespeares Hamlets Helsingør.
The collection was once created and collected by sculptor Bomand Utzon-Frank, and his father who was also a sculptor and professor at the Art Academy in Copenhagen Mr. Einar Utzon-Frank.
They created molds and castings of originals from Glyptoteket and the National Museum in Denmark. Some Danish and Norwegian churches, some from the British Museum in London, some from the Acropolis Museum in Athens, the Louvre in Paris and some from museums in Berlin. Something that would never be possible today. Its a mystery how this could be possible.
Later, Bomand Utzon-Frank collaborated with Sandor Perjesis teacher Victor Moth in his plaster workshop. Together they were involved in getting the classic sculptures out to a larger audience.
In 1957, when the architect Arne Jacobsen designed Munkegaardsskolen in Dyssegård, several of the models from this collection were used as decoration in courtyards at the school. The sculptures were cast in concrete and they are still there.
Arne Jacobsen thought it would be good for the students' aesthetic upbringing to look at these art pieces.
In 1968 Sandor Perjesi took over the workshop and the total collection and continued to collect and make even more casts.
Sandor Perjesi closed the workshop around 1980 when his teaching and own art took over and the times were no longer for stucco and plaster work.
Sandor Perjesi passed away in the summer of 2020. His son Nicolai Perjesi then took over the collection and slowly began rebuilding the molds and castings from some of the models.
In the winter of 2020 Nicolai Perjesi reached out to Karen Maj Kornum, the founder of Another Ballroom about giving new life to the collection.
Together we have now selected some of the best sculptures and reliefs and started a production of castings of these by hand.
There are several major sculptures and bas-reliefs on their way, including an archaic calf carrier and large bas-reliefs from the Parthenon. The collection counts more than hundred of different casts and we are now showing you the first ten from the collection. And there will be more to come. Some day we hope to produce in concrete as well. Its a slow process. all made by hand by Nicolai Perjesi.