In 1977, The Storm P. Museum was able to move into its current home thanks to the support of the foundation "Tegneren Storm Petersens Museumsfond". Storm's widow, Ellen Petersen, established the foundation prior to her death in 1961. For years, Ellen had worked to establish a museum in the home that she and Storm shared on Asgårdsvej, but she never succeeded with the project. Subsequently she decided to leave all works and artefacts to the museum foundation in her will.
The Storm P. Museum's collection includes drawings, paintings, photographs and other archival materials as well as objects, ranging from commercial merchandise to Storm P.'s personal belongings. The collection also holds contemporary materials, including a comprehensive collection of comic books, transferred to our collection from Tegneseriemuseet (The Cartoon Museum) in 2013.
The museum has a comprehensive collection of Storm P.s works. The collection includes drawings, cartoons, watercolours and paintings. In addition to Storm P.s artworks, the collection also holds many of his personal effects, including pipes, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs. Below you will find a short presentation of the Storm P. collection by categories:
Peter & Ping
The series Peter Vimmelskafts Oplevelser (Peter Vimmelskaft's Adventures) first saw the light of day in B.T. in August 1922. Ping the Penguin did not appear in the series until November, 1922. The series was published in black and white on weekdays and in colour on Sundays in Søndags B.T. Storm P. produced 8000 drawings of Peter & Ping over the course of 27 years.
Fly of the Day
The newspaper Berlingske Aftenavis published Dagens Flue (Fly of The Day) from 1939 until 1949. The Flies are little drawings accompanied by short, humoristic and sometimes philosophical texts.
Storm Petersens Dagbogsblade (Storm Petersen's Diary Pages) were published daily from 1917 until 1949 in the newspaper B.T. The drawings were accompanied by explanatory texts, which often commented on current events. The Diary Pages can be seen as humoristic alternative sources to Danish History.
Storm P. is well known for his silly inventions. The inventions are supposedly meant to make everyday tasks easier. The absurd thing about the inventions is that they end up complicating things rather than simplifying them. Many of the inventions were first published as Diary Pages in Berlingske Tidende and then later in the albums Mine Opfindelser (My Inventions) which were published from 1939-1944.
The 3 Little Men
Storm P.'s comic strip De 3 små mænd og Nummermanden (The 3 Little Men and The Numberman) was one of the first of its kind in Denmark. Storm first printed the series in his self-edited periodical Storm. A collection of these drawings was eventually published under the title De 3 små mænd og Nummermandens arv (The 3 Little Men and The Numberman's Heritage). The series was subsequently published in the periodical Verden og Vi (The World and We) up until 1916 and then in Berlingske Tidende up until 1923. After 1923, the series appeared sporadically in various magazines and newspapers.
Other Cartoons and Newspaper Drawings
This is a selection of cartoons and illustrations, which do not fall into the previously mentioned categories. Storm P. was a very industrious cartoonist. Besides Peter & Ping, The 3 Little Men and The Diary Pages, he created quite a few other series and comic strips. For a number of years, he produced daily illustrations for the newspaper Berlingske Tidende, among them Så gik Den Uge (The Week That Was) and De må ikke glemme, Ånd er magt (Always Remember, Spirit is Power). Storm P. also produced drawings for many other Danish newspapers and satirical publications.
There is a variety of stylistic expressions at play in Storm P.'s illustrations; some of his drawings can be characterised as satire, some as poetic imagery and some as commentaries on contemporary events.
Storm P. took up painting during a 1906 visit to Paris. The works of Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as the vibrant artistic environment he discovered in Paris, inspired him greatly. He also found inspiration in the works of artists such as Edvard Munch, Ivar Arosenius, James Ensor and later Paul Klee and Kandinsky. Storm P. eventually finds his own characteristic style, and painting becomes a way for him to explore the many imaginative worlds that he creates in his drawings, in a deeper and more detailed way.
In addition to a wide selection of Storm P.'s art, the collection holds a variety of artefacts. These artefacts include merchandise objects, such as games, dolls, tea sets etc., featuring Peter & Ping as well as other popular Storm P. characters. There are also a number of Storm P.s personal belongings in the collection. Part of the permanent exhibit - the study – contains the original interior from Storm P.s home on Asgårdsvej, as well as part of Storm's large collection of pipes.
Storm P. was an avid collector of pipes and the pipe collection consists of more than 450 pipes, which makes it the most extensive pipe collection in Denmark. The collection holds a variety of unique examples of pipes from all over the world. Many of the pipes have great provenance and a number of interesting stories to tell about previous owners and their relationships with the collector. There is a large digital screen in the workroom, which contains images of the museum's pipe collection. There is also a large number of actual pipes on display in the room.