Study by Danish Art Museum on Relationship Between Art and Well-being

people-looking-at-artA study by the Danish art museum Trapholt conducted over the past year among 77 ordinary people suggests that art experiences have a positive effect on our well-being.

Participants were asked to analyze their lives by means of the museum’s paintings and designs. They put together paintings and chair designs of their own choice relating to their individual dreams for the future.

Museum director Karen Green explains in a press release on “Our thesis was that art can do more than tell about itself. By allowing guests to deal with the elements that they find interesting, their ability to see contexts is trained. This kind of training can potentially make us more aware and responsive to the contexts of everyday life – and thus better able to live out our full potential”.

Green emphasizes the importance of moving away from the orthodox approach that you need to learn about the artist, and instead learn to use the elements YOU see in the work. Her ambition with the project is to lift the experience of art from only being about the artist to also be about the people who look at art.

For Danish speaking visitors, read more about Trapholt’s study here.

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By Kirsten Bukager

I am a Danish writer and visual artist. After several years in The Netherlands, I am back in my home country. M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Modern Languages fra Copenhagen Business School, Communication and Online Journalism studies at Webster University and London School of Journalism. Bachelor in Education. I have worked with communications and marketing for many years, and recently changed path to teaching (Danish language, Art, Social Studies). I have always had a creative mind and filled many drawing blocks and canvases. I write for pleasure. Most of my stories are about places and people I encounter on journeys around the world. I have an eye for cultural and social subtleties, and I am especially interested in travel and the arts. Drop me a line if you are interested in my art, my teaching, or if you have a question or comment. And feel free to follow me on Instagram.