Danish National Gallery


in short

Statens Museum for Kunst, the Danish national gallery, is rich in art from the late 13th century to the present day. The works on display include paintings, sculpture, installations and every other form of art on paper, both from Denmark and abroad.
The Front of J. V. Dahlerups building.
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Danish National Gallery

in detail

Statens Museum for Kunst is the Danish national gallery. The museum is placed in the middle of Copenhagen. It and was founded in 1897 on the basis of the royal collections. The collections consist of three main parts: The Royal Collection of Paintings and Sculpture, the Royal Collection of Prints and Drawings and the Royal Cast Collection. Today the museum owns about 9,000 paintings and sculptures, an enormous number of artworks on paper and more than 2,600 plaster casts. The number of works normally on show is 3,000.

The collection includes works by the Italian renaissance painters Tizian and Mantegna, the 17th century masters Rubens and Rembrandt, 19th century painters of the Danish Golden Age such as Eckersberg and Købke, and 20th century artists such as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch and Emil Nolde as well as the Danish artists Jorn, Kirkeby and Nørgaard. Paintings and sculptures, installations and video art are presented together with drawings, prints and photographs.

In 2007 Statens Museum for Kunst opened the Egmont Knowledge Centre, which houses The Children’s Museum of Art, u.l.k. art labs (young people’s laboratories of art), the Danish National Art Library as well as the Prints and Drawings Study Room.

The Children’s Art Museum arranges special exhibitions for children aged 0-12, and the workshops connected with it have activities for children coming as individual visitors or with institutions.

u.l.k. art labs - young people’s laboratories of art - is a creative environment where children and young people aged 12-20 may obtain, produce and share knowledge and contribute themselves to providing new understanding of art. Visitors are welcome to come and be challenged both individually and in school groups.

The Danish National Art Library now has a branch at Statens Museum for Kunst. It is the national reference library for pictorial art, art history and architecture, and it is the largest art library in Northern Europe.

In the Prints and Drawings Study Room the museum’s large collection of prints, drawings and watercolours etc. may be viewed and studied.

The Royal Cast Collection is placed in Vestindisk Pakhus, Toldbodgade 40, close to Amalienborg Palace. The listed building provides a beautiful framework for the about 2600 plaster casts forming one of the oldest and best preserved plaster collections in the world.
Statens Museum for Kunst
Free admission to the museum's permanent exhibitions and selected special exhibitions
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Visitor entrance

Statens Museum for Kunst
Sølvgade 48-50
1307 Copenhagen
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Opening Times

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