Heroes between materiality and myth: The Memorial Grove for the Danish resistance as performative site

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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
TidsskriftR I H A Journal
Udgave nummer0150-0175 Special Issue
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 2017