The basis in the Bodil Kaalund Collection is 159 original bible illustrations that the artist painted from 1984 – 1991 for the Danish Bible Society for their publication of the new translated Bible from 1992. The individual illustrations measure 53 x 42.5 cm and are made as paints in watercolour over lithography. A number of prestudies for the illustrations as well as a few that was not included in the Bible are also part of the collection.
The Bodil Kaalund Collection furthermore consists of a number of graphic works and paintings, whose illustrations are similar to the bible illustrations and the many church decorations, painted by Bodil Kaalund throughout the years. All in all the Bodil Kaalund Collection consists of 225 works on paper, 21 paintings and 1 glass decoration.
It must be noted that the number of works from the Bodil Kaalund Collection may be reduced during periods with large and space demanding thematic exhibitions.
In celebration of the opening of the new extension of the museum in 2006 the foundations “Ny Carlsbergfondet” and “Bikubenfonden” donated a luxurious edition of the book “Passion” published in 1939 by Ambroise Vollard, Paris. The book contains 17 colour aquatints and 82 woodcuts by Georges Rouault and a text by André Suarès from 1927.
The format of the book is 44 x 33 cm, with 190 pages. Furthermore the donation included 141 leafs in the form of the complete set of colour aquatints. All of these have been framed and supply a fantastic idea of the complicated and quite unique process of creation, which lay ahead of the publication.
It must be noted that the representation of the Rouault Collection in the exhibition is periodic dependent on the themes of the exhibitions.
Søren Andersen (1918 – 1998) lived in Greenland from 1962 – 1969, and during this period he worked at the Queen Ingrid Hospital in Godthåb and as a district doctor in Angmagssalik. During the years in Greenland Søren Andersen built a considerable collection of domestic crafts, and today this collection has been donated to the Museum of Religious Art in Lemvig. The collection, which has its strength in a very thorough and consequent targeted collection, tells the story of the east Greenlandic sealer’s society in all details: the means of transport, the tools, the clothes, the kitchenware, the toys, the crafts and artworks. The collection was built up at a time, where the new time with all its changes came closer – but where the elderly Greenlanders still remembered the experience of generations and had the ability to maintain the high artistic plane in everyday life. The collection is described in detail in a book, written by Søren Andersen and containing about 500 items.
It must be noted that the representation of the Eastgreenlandic Collection in the exhibition is periodic dependent on the themes of the exhibitions.
The collection of the Museum of Religious Art has since 1994 grown steadily as a result of the many special exhibitions. The main weight lies on art from the 20th Century till today with special focus on religious and existential expressions.
The Museum of Religious Art sees the art, placed in the field of tension between art and religion, as its field of responsibility. The Museum sees the creation of discussion and reflections on the relation between art and religion as its special aim. In prolongation of this the museum wants to examine and discuss the term “Religious Art”. The collection of the museum reflects the field of responsibility, and it focuses on art from the 20th and the 21st century which is placed in the field of tension between art and religion. The museum currently strengthens and extend its collection, which is available for research and communication.
It must be noted that the number of works from the Museum Collections may be reduced during periods with large and space demanding thematic exhibitions.