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Architecture, art & culture


TABL E O F C O NT ENT

Architecture

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Design

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Art

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History

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Principles & Directors

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Culture

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KONVENTUM The name Konventum has been inspired by convent and converse. Because in our house people come together in order to speak with one another and experience things together.


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S CE N E RY. C U LT U R E. T R A NQ U I LI T Y

The Architecture

Konventum has been devised, designed and built in the decades after the Second World War during the golden age of Danish architecture. A characteristic of the period are buildings which comprise discreet modernism and simple Scandinavian functionalism and inspiration from abroad, such as Spanish Medieval villages and Japanese building traditions. The rough drafts for Konventum were designed by the architects Jarl Heger, Ebbe & Karen Clemmensen in 1958 in connection with an architectural competition for a new educational centre for the trade union. Jørn Utzon won the first prize. However, he was prevented from continuing the task due to his work on the Sydney Opera House. The project was instead transferred to the dynamic trio who wanted to create a unique building inspired by the trend of the times: discreet modernism, Scandinavian simplicity and foreign building traditions. The building was inaugurated on 28th May 1969. A village of several low white buildings, lying in staggered rows between green slopes and the large main building. In the forecourt, you are welcomed by a beautiful stairway at the foot of a majestic

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cathedral-like building, which towers up over the main building. It is Konventum’s landmark and the roof of one of the buildings housing one the centre’s four auditoriums. Throughout the building, you can experience the architects’ visions and a gliding transition between nature and culture, which are linked in a harmonious interplay. There is an almost invisible transition between the outside and the inside. Honest, straightforward architecture is dominant everywhere and is expressed with few, rustic and robust materials by way of well thought out, simple and sophisticated solutions. Wood, concrete, tiles and bricks dominate. With its consistent architectural expression, visible construction and white walls, Konventum stands as a unique building of high international class.

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The Architects

Jarl Heger (1929-1998) Danish architect, graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art in 1953. Shortly after finishing his studies, he was employed by Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen’s drawing office with whom he entered into partnership in 1963. Apart from being, the architect of LO-skolen (the present-day Konventum) Heger has also designed Skive High School (1970-73), the ambassador’s residence in Ottawa, Canada (1971-72), town planning for the Elsinore Harbour Front (1988) and the Islamic Cultural Centre on Amager, Copenhagen (1991). Heger has also designed furniture, shops and has been a greatly appreciated tutor in Denmark and abroad. Ebbe Clemmensen (1917-2003) & Karen Clemmensen (1917-2001) Danish architect couple who ran a drawing office together from 1946. The Clemmensens worked with Jarl Heger from 1958-85. Apart from being the architects of LO-skolen (present-day Konventum), they were also responsible for Skive Teacher Training College (1957-59), Kildeskov Hall in Gentofte (1966-72) and designed furniture for Fritz Hansen. The Clemmensens have received several awards for their works as exponents of a modernism with a social insight, which was based on functionalism and architectural tradition.

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Konventum

approx. 20.000 m2

Owner

LO-skolen

Built

1966 - 69

Extensions

1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984-1987 & 2007

Architects

Karen & Ebbe Clemmensen, Jarl Heger

Engineers

Hansen, Carlsen & Frølund

Landscape architect Present architects

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Agnete Muusfeldt Fogh & Følner


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“The architecture is optimistic and holds the fort for ideals and quality with festivity and colours” – Lisbeth Balslev Jørgensen, art historian

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Q UALIT Y. LIFE ST YL E. ENJOY M E N T

The Design

At Konventum, we want to give our guests the best experience of Danish design in architecture as well as in art and furniture. Some of the best Danish artisans have therefore designed the furniture at Konventum Børge Mogensen. Finn Juhl. Hans J. Wegner. Nanna Ditzel. Kasper Salto. Verner Panton. Jarl Heger. Rud Thygesen. Johnny Sørensen. Henrik Tengler. Have you noticed how Børge Mogensen’s Spanish Chair in the lobby invites one to stay seated and enjoy the view of the atrium? Or how Rud Thygesen & Johnny Sørensen’s Royal Chair in the Sitting Room and the Oresund Room set your body at ease when you are concentrating on important matters? Have you tried lounging in Nanna Ditzel’s armchair in your room? It is habit-forming. Or what about Verner Panton’s armchair shaped as a heart? They are in one of our luxury rooms with a view of the Oresund. Danish design is part of Konventum’s identity. The furniture has been created to set your body at ease, so that you are able to focus on important matters. Conversations. The lecturer. The present. The food. The view. Experiences. Please take a seat.

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“A piece of furniture must never have a backside. It has to be combined. You should not be able to see where it begins and where it ends. You experience furniture from many different angles, and they must be able to stand out being seen from all sides” – Hans J. Wegner

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“My aim is to produce things that will serve people, putting them in the forefront instead of by fair means or foul adapting them to things.” – Børge Mogensen

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ART. FE LLOW S H I P. I NS P I R AT I O N

The Art

Konventum owns the largest private collection of Danish modern art from the 1950s to the present day. A unique collection of 1,200 works of art with over 100 artists represented. Per Arnoldi, Henning Damgård-Sørensen, Wilhelm Freddie, Henry Heerup, Egil Jacobsen, Robert Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, Per Kirkeby, Lise Malinovsky, Lizzie Mallow, Bjørn Nørgaard, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Karl Åge Riget, Hans Scherfig, Kurt Tramedach. In all the rooms, you will find original art. Paintings, gouaches, watercolours, graphic art or sculptures. Art is to be found as an integral part of the environment of the building and fellowship, indoors as well as outdoors, as decoration on ceilings, stairways, floors and walls, which is seldom seen in Danish buildings. The art has powerful competitors in the architecture of the building as well as from the surrounding scenery, so the works have been chosen from the point of view that they communicate strongly in a powerful language of colour with characteristic forms of colouristic richness.

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The architecture sets limits, frames the art, and at the same time allows another type of presentation and inspiration than in a museum. The whole of the art collective has been purchased con amore by the building’s principals and directors with advice from expert advisers. The collection was set up and expanded quickly during the period of the building’s second principal.

“We spend a lot of time discussing which artistic path we should follow. We did not have any desire to be representative in our choice. We chose contemporary Danish artists who were in their most active years without yet having become too expensive. We preferred to a certain extent the painters who communicate powerfully with their surroundings in strong colours. The architecture of the building and especially the beautiful scenery outside the building makes it obvious that more naturalistic artists would be faced with difficulties in this environment” – Flemming Skov Jensen (principal 1971-88) The many artistic expressions may be enjoyed on individual art tours, in Konventum’s art books or as an active element and part of the total experience during a conference or a course, where colours, forms, expressions and impressions may inspire both dialogue and creative development.

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”People go in search of art to discover answers to the mystery of life - and go in search of life to discover answers to the mystery of art.” – Asger Jorn.

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KN OWLE DGE. DEV ELOPMEN T. M U LTI DISC IPL INA RY

The History

Konventum is a modern conference and education centre. Moreover, the building encompasses an exciting history of Danish design, art, architecture, the spirit of the times and personal development. When in the 1950s the trade union movement was working with the idea of a new workers’ education centre, The Workers’ Educational Association and the Danish Federation of Trade Unions arranged an architectural competition in 1958. Many of the best architects of the day put forward ideas on how a visionary, functionalistic education institution could be designed in order to optimize the possibilities for learning, sharing knowledge and social interaction. LO-skolen was built from 1966-69 and was an early representative for the many schools which were built in the 1960s and 1970s to train and educate a flexible workforce. Right in the heart of the creation of the welfare state.

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– Jens Otto Krag (Prim

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ike a dream o be standing wonderful ndings�

me Minister 1962-1972)

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The education centre was designed and built to contain completely new methods of teaching focussing on the inquisitive and creative human being who did not want to be limited by a single classroom and on which the building’s manifold architecture has left its indelible mark. From its inauguration in 1969 and until 2008 the educational centre formed the framework for innumerable short-cycle and long-cycle courses in which everything from the large auditoriums to the many small alcoves, which lie hidden everywhere in the building, came into play.

”Imagination and feelings are just as much a part of a decent person as intellect” – N.F.S. Grundtvig

The trade union movement has never owned the educational centre, but supported it by way of funding from the FIU - the trade union movement’s training and education system and courses. The FIU was then as it is now a visionary education system, which was known and copied outside Denmark. Today it is the independent private foundation LO-skolen, Konventum’s holding company, which now functions as a hotel, conference centre, seminar and education centre.

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A B O UT US

Principles & Directors

Erling Jensen (1919 – 2000) Danish Social Democratic politician and minister in the governments of Jens Otto Krag and Anker Jørgensen. Member of the Parliament 1972-1987. MA (Law) 1956. Senior Manager in the Cooperative Wholesale Society (1957-60), Principal of Esbjerg Højskole (1960-1966). Chairman of the National Union of Cooperative Building Organisations (196571) Principal of the LO-skolen (1967-71). Flemming Skov Jensen (f. 1941) Danish economist and director. MA in Political Science 1967. Principal of LO-skolen (1971-88). Principal of the LD Fund (1988-2004) where he promoted a concise investment policy in which Danish undertakings should remain in Danish hands. Frode Møller Nicolaisen (f. 1948) National Chairman for the Danish Social Democratic Youth (1974-78). Principal of LOskolen (1988-2008) Director of the LO-skolen Fund (2008-2014). Marina Hoffmann (f. 1960) MA in Political Science 1991. MPA 2006. Public Relations Officer at Christiansborg (19952001). Departmental Manager for the Social Democratic Party’s Analysis & Information Dept. (2001-2003) Communications Manager, Union of Danish Metalworkers (2003-2011) Head of Secretariat for the regional health services in Copenhagen (2011-2013). Director of the LO-skolen Foundation and Konventum (2014-to the present day)

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Marina Hoffmann Director of the LO-skolen Foundation and Konventum (2014-to the present day)

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Q UALIT Y. AEST HET ICS, DIV E RS I T Y

The Culture

Time does not stand still at Konventum. Today the Rya tapestries have been removed from the walls, and Bob Dylan is no longer being played on a guitar in the Sitting Room. The male guests have had their hair cut short and the cold beers at lunch have been exchanged for mineral water and carrots. Konventum is now a modern conference and education centre with an unusual past and many proud values, which are still actively present to this very day. The building is a unique experience of worldrenowned Danish design, art and architecture without the restrictions of attendants and glass showcases. Because at Konventum we want to share the experience of being a part of the Danish cultural heritage with our guests. The building is refurbished with beautiful, modern facilities and still has the unique historic framework, which inspires and stimulates the senses in all kinds of ways. In 2010, Konventum was enhanced with the title as Denmark’s most recently listed building because of its significant cultural and historical values and unique architecture. Conferences, meetings, courses and education continue to be the focal point at Konventum where opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction and the unique surroundings create a very special framework for professional and personal development, which is decisive in conjunction with sharing knowledge, education and personal development.

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Quality, aesthetics, originality and diversity are our values and focal points. The values are expressed through Konventum’s architecture, art, facilities and the courses on offer – and are also the demands we will continue to give ourselves in the further development of Konventum. Development is not over at Konventum. And it never will be either. Because time does not stand still here.

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Konventum, 2015

Should you want to book an art tour, a room or a conference at Konventum, you can contact us directly at booking@konventum.dk or at tel: (+45) 49 28 09 00.

Konventum Gl. HellebÌkvej 70 3000 Elsinore Tel: (+45) 49 28 09 00 konventum.dk facebook f a cebook.co m/konventu m • instagram # ko nve n t u m

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