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Copenhagen-based architect, photographer, and new AIAIAI contributor, Hans Bærholm, sent us these utterly breathtaking photos of Rudolph Tegner’s Museum and Statue Park, which is placed in Dronningmølle in the immediate vicinity of Elsinore.

Rudolph Tegner was a somewhat controversial artist who was primarily active in the late 19th- and early 20th century. He was a slightly anomalous figure in Danish art circles as his sculptures were influenced by Art Nouveau, which caused a bit of a stir due to the fact that our artists at that time were still aesthetically indebted to the more subdued neo-classical ideals of Bertel Thorvaldsen.

But Tegner’s remarkable work was a great deal more provocative. Heavily influenced by Nietzschean ideas, images of struggling figures - which can, perhaps, be viewed as forerunners of certain strains of modernism when observed with our 2012-anchored eyes - seemingly tackle issues of life, death, art and love. Interestingly, Tegner has been accused of promoting fascist ideals as well as Nietzschean, a historic fact which is another prescient reminder that interesting art is not necessarily morally irreprehensible.

The park, which Hans has snapped these spectacular photos within, is open to the public and functions both as a mausoleum and museum as Tegner is buried there among his grave, passionate and timeless creations.

From 1917 on he installed a number of his sculptures there, mainly on classical themes. He also created a building in an uncompromising minimalist style to function as a museum for his work. Very fittingly, the great man himself is buried at the centre of the complex.

Big ups to Hans for sending this glorious series that captures timelessness in time and functions simultaneously as a sort of photographic meta-art and just plain art in its own right.