At STORM you are given an entertaining insight into the importance of Danish humour and satire –historically and today.
We offer humorous and entertaining stories from our much loved cultural heritage. From artists of the past like Storm P., Liva Weel and Dirch Passer to present day artists like Roald Als, Casper Christensen and Lisbeth Dahl.
Humorous and satirical art gives not only an entertaining perspective on Denmark’s history from the Constitution Act of 1849 to today, but also a picture of humour and satire as a core element in the Danish national character.
Whether they are unfolded on a stage, on paper, on a screen or among us in daily life, humour and satire occupy a central place in the danish self-understanding.
Humour can be a quiet chuckle at seeing one’s own fallibility reflected and caricatured on a stage or in a cartoon, or it can dent the image of the powers that be. Humour can puncture pomposity and be a vent that makes the difficult easier to deal with. Humour and satire can get us to laugh together and question rigidly established norms and ideas.
But humour and satire can also give rise to disagreement and fierce discussion. Now and then humour and satire can become focal points in such discussions. Not only in connection with great watershed events like the Mohammed crisis in 2005 or the attack on Charlie Hebdo ten years later. But also when it concerned a cartoon of Inger Støjberg, who as the minister responsible for immigration and integration was drawn hanging little dead refugees on her Christmas tree, or when the comedian Jonathan Spang and the politician Pernille Vermund met in a deep kiss on TV.
At STORM we work to increase knowledge about the rich and varied culture of humour and satire. Through our exhibitions and activities we are working to nuance understanding of what humour and satire are, the ways in which they work, and their role in society. In this way we hope both to entertain and get us to laugh together – but not least our goal is also to contribute to making current discussions more qualified.
At STORM we have changing exhibitions on the ground floor. On the first floor of the museum you can experience the Danish cartoonist Storm P. ‘s weird and wonderful universe. Inside the museum and in our charming little courtyard garden we hold lectures, debates and workshops. Besides this you can meet us multiple other places outside the walls of the museum when we invite the public to funny and entertaining activities outdoors or together with our many good partners at theatres, libraries, schools, retirement homes and many other locations.
The gardens behind the white fencing in Allégade have a long and colourful tradition as green and open partying places for the inhabitants of the capital with music, performances, dancing and refreshments. This is a tradition we are proud of continuing through our popular summer dances and community singing.