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The Splendour of Power

Exhibition period: May 6 to September 30 2018

Magnificent symbols of power

The exhibition showcases a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewellery to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.

The exhibition is framed by the notion that power structures are reflected historically in both jewellery design and architecture. Thus, in a contemporary museum context, exemplary jewellery holds the capacity to illustrate and convey the story of varying power relations, body and gender perceptions and stylistic expressions of power in a fascinating and eye-opening way.

Above: ‘The wedding tiara'. Made by Cartier in 1904. A gift to Queen Ingrid’s mother in 1905.

​Storytelling Jewellery

Across the variations in fashion over the centuries, jewellery has always had a close relationship to the human body where it is worn for others to see. Apart from holding significant economic and emotional value, jewellery is also embedded in a historical iconography and act as a significant marker of status and personal identity.

Insignia are a manifestation of the changes in power structures and society throughout the 750-year period covered by the exhibition. Hence, they represent an important and highly relevant category of exhibits well suited to illustrate the shifts and changes in power structures across the historical sections of the exhibition.

The exhibition marks the 750th anniversary of Koldinghus.


Adults: 125 DKK

Students: 65 DKK

Children under 18: Free*

Members of the Museum Club and Koldinghus Business Club: 0 DKK

*To participate in the children's activity: 30 DKK

​6 Maj - 30 September 2018

skt. loye award nomination exhibition

The Copenhagen Goldsith's Guild presents the Skt. Loye Award Nomination Exhibition, where 12 new talents within gold- and silversmithing unfold their skills. Each participant presents one previous piece and one piece created specially for the exhibition with reference to the theme of 'The Splendour of Power' and/or power as a concept.

The 12 exhibitors are Anna Valla Jonsdottir, Emil Borregaard, Fir Bodenhoff, Josefine Rønsholt Smith, Katja Jæger, Louise de la Laing, Louise Frølund Bech, Marie Rimmen, Max Danger, Morten Priisholm, Nanna Obel and Signe Abrahamson.

The Nomination Exhibition is a precursor of the Copenhagen Goldsmiths' Guild's prestigious Skt. Loye Award, which is handed out in 2019. The Nomination Exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Augustinus Fonden

6 May - 30 September 2018

power jewellery of the future

Six international master's students in Accessory Design at the Design School Kolding present their visions of tomorrow's power jewellery. They have drawn inspiration from the 750th anniversary exhibition at Koldinghus, The Splendour of Power, which presents jewellery dating from 1268 to today designed to exercise and signal power. The designers have been given free hands to create a piece of jewellery or other type of accessory that can be worn by people in power in the future.



​The museum invites its youngest visitors to help King Christian IV defeat the enemy soldiers and defend the 750-year-old royal castle.

​If the children succeed in the challenging tasks, they will be enrolled in the king’s army and rewarded with a knight’s name, a coat of arms and a letter of knighthood. Finally, they will have an audience with the king and become a Knight of the Order of the Armed Arm – an order that Christian IV only awarded once, in the Great Hall at Koldinghus on 2nd December 1616.
​This children’s activity is part of the exhibition The Splendour of Power.


  • May 6 – July 1: Thursdays and Sundays 11.00 - 16.00
  • July 2  – September 2 : Every day from 11.00 - 16.00
  • September 6 - October 21: Thursdays and Sundays 11.00 - 16:00



Koldinghus 1

6000 Kolding

Postboks 91

Tlf.: 7633 8100

E-mail: museum@koldinghus.dk


Tlf.: 7550 4798

E-mail: info@madkaelderen.dk


Daily from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Closed every monday in January as well as the 16th of January and the 5th of May 2018.

PRICES 2017 / 2018

Adults: 90 DKR / 95 DKR

Students: 45 DKT / 50 DKR

Free admission for children and youngsters under 18 years.

Price change from May 6 to September 30 because of the exhibiton "The Spendour of Power" >

Thanks to our sponsors

Alfa Laval Kolding A/S

Alfix A/S

Andersen Partners Advokatfirma

Autohuset Vestergaard A/S

BECHs + ABC Flytteforretning ApS

Beierholm Revision

BlueKolding A/S


Brands of Scandinavia A/S

Business Kolding

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Danfoss A/S

Dankemi A/S

Dansk Firmapension

Dansk Gummi Industri A/S

Dansk Metal

Danske Bank


Ernst & Young

European Protein A/S

Fiberline Composites A/S

Focus Advokater 

From Grafisk A/S

Frøs Sparekasse

Fynske Bank Kolding


Home v. Hanne Faaborg

Hotel Koldingfjord

IBA International Business Academy

IBC International Business College


IPW Systems A/S


Jotun Danmark A/S

Jyske Bank​

Kolding Hotel Apartment

Klinisk Tandtekniker Eva Jørgensen

Kolding Storcenter Centerforeningen

Kolding Vinhandel



Michael Baruah Consulting

Middelfart Sparekasse

Mos Mosh A/S

MTAB Danmark A/S

Nordea A/S

Nplus ApS


Ove Jæger A/S

P. Christensen Kolding A/S

PhotoCare Popp Photo

Prime Cargo A/S

PwC - Revision


Riis Retail A/S

Spar Nord Kolding

Sparekassen Kronjylland


Svane Shipping

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Szocska Advokataktieselskab

Tegnestuen Mejeriet A/S

TOLKESERVICE v/ Jytte Olesen

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Transport-Teknik A/S

TRESU Production A/S

Trillingsgaard & Høybye ApS

Würth Danmark A/S