About the Danish Poster Museum

Peder Stougaard and Elsebeth Aasted Schanz in 2012, when Danish Poster Museum gets a new director.

The Danish Poster Museum in Den Gamle By originated in the passion of a private collector, the artist Peder Stougaard, who began collecting posters in 1973.

The collection grew rapidly to include thousands of posters, and in 1986 the Danish Poster Museum was set up as a self-governing institution with a board of directors appointed for the museum. Public funds were granted to the collection, to preserve the posters in an archive under the library in Åbyhøj. The posters are still kept there today.

In 1993, the Danish Poster Museum was given the disposal of a building, where the posters could be exhibited. It was an annexe to the Kunsthal Aarhus art centre in J.M. Mørks Gade, in the town centre.

In 2006, the Danish Poster Museum became part of Den Gamle By, and when the museum received government recognition in 2008, it was transferred to Den Gamle By by a deed of gift.

Finally, in 2009, the Poster Museum was able to welcome visitors in a brand new exhibition building in the modern 1974 quarter of Den Gamle By.

In 2012 Elsebeth Aasted Schanz PhD was appointed Director of the Danish Poster Museum in Den Gamle By.