Rovsing Olsen’s The Planets currently topical in an exhibition and podcast at SMK
In 1928, a so-called Planet Book was discovered at the Lerchenborg Estate – a 500-year-old block book which no one knew existed! Fifty years later, Poul Rovsing Olsen wrote a work based on this planet book, and right now thw works can be seen at SMK and the underlying story listened to in a new podcast.
In October, The Planets by Poul Rovsing Olsen was released – 40 years after the work was first performed and 90 years after the 15th century block book on which the work was modelled was discovered at the Lerchenborg Estate.
The story of the Planet Book is the starting point of the first episode of a new podcast series at the National Gallery of Denmark: ‘Mysteries from the Museum’. The podcast (in Danish) can be listened to via SMK’s website and in connection with the present exhibition of the block book at SMK.
Normally, the Planet Book is kept in the basement of the Royal Collection of Graphic Art – not accessible to the public because of its frailty. Right now, however, made topical by the publication of Rovsing Olsen’s composition, it is possible to view it.
The exhibition of the Planet Book can be seen at SMK until 6 January 2019.