In Pernille Kløvedal Helweg’s exhibition, The Turtle Archive, we are challenged in a spectacular, humorous and clever way by works which use different graphic techniques, sculpture and video art to consider turtle motifs from history, religion and art.

The Turtle Archive has been created specially for Faaborg Museum’s galleries and encourages interplay with its collections. Pernille Kløvedal Helweg first considers the architecture of the Museum building, which resembles an ancient classical temple. The exhibition is also in conversation with the Museum’s art collection and focuses particularly on the Funen Painters’ work on nature, animals and birds. Moreover the exhibition also extends beyond the Museum, beyond art and architecture touching on a range of topics from archaeology and religion to literature and zoology, revealing far-reaching historical perspectives. The result is an exhibition, which touches both hearts and minds and particularly appeals to a viewer’s experience and sense of humour.

The works in The Turtle Archive contribute to Pernille Kløvedal Helweg’s earlier pieces featuring landscape graphics and animal studies. They were created during a residency at the Danish Art Workshops in 2013 and 2014. In addition there is a video work on Roman turtle fountains ‘Fontana delle Tartarughe’ made during a residency at the Danish Institute in Rome in May 2014.

About the artist

Pernille Kløvedal Helweg (b. 1946) has been involved in the world of Danish visual culture since the 1970s.



A richly illustrated catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibition, with contributions by the following writers: Lisbeth Bonde (art critic), ‘A fortress on four feet’; Ib Michael (writer), ‘The encounter’; Bent Jørgensen (former director of Copenhagen Zoo), ‘A long and slow life’; Mikkel Brunn Zangenberg (academic), ‘The literary templates for turtles à la Helweg’.

The Turtle Archive is on show at Rønnebæksholm from 30th March – 31st May 2015.


Your Innermost Turtle

is an exhibition at the Library in Ringe from 8th November 2014 – 1st March 2015 showing copper-plate prints from the book Your Innermost Turtle (2001).

The exhibitions and accompanying catalogue are supported by Den Faberske Fond, The Danish Institute in Rome, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond and Overretssafører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat.