0171 Heroes between Materiality and Myth

The Memorial Grove for the Danish Resistance as Performative Site

  • Rasmus Kjaerboe (Author)

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The most significant Danish warrior burial is arguably the Memorial Grove in Ryvangen for members of the Danish resistance movement during World War II. This article places the memorial within Danish history and the reception of WWII and argues for its particular qualities as a modernist re-working of a discredited monumental tradition with a particular focus on plain materials and a low architectural scale. The memorial affords a heightened sense of materiality and nature as a practical example of a philosophy of presence. The park-like memorial can also be seen as a performative ground for instilling aspects of identity and collective memory for both individuals and Danish society. Future uses of the site can either go in the direction of recreation or toward immersive education.


Ryvangen, Memorial, Second World War, Denmark, Materiality, Performativity, Myth