NATIONAL ART MUSEUM
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SMK is Denmark's main museum of fine arts. The collection, mainly made up of paintings, presents Western artistic creation from the Middle Ages to the present day. Two separate buildings are connected: one dedicated to the Old Masters, the other to modern and contemporary art. The first, designed by Vilhelm Dahlerup and G.E.W. Møller in a style inspired by the Italian Renaissance, was built between 1889 and 1896. The second, designed as a modern extension, was built in 1998 by the architects Anna Maria Indrio and Mads Møller in a part of the park behind it. The connection between the two structures is made through a passage covered by a glass roof, called the "Alley of Sculptures". Castings and marbles occupy this interior "street" that runs the length of the museum. Concerts and dance performances are regularly held here. There is also a children's workshop.
Some 9,000 paintings and sculptures, about 300,000 drawings and prints, and more than 2,600 plaster casts are on display. Part of the collection, which belonged to the Kunstkammer (artchamber) of the Danish kings, has been expanded by numerous acquisitions. Chronologically, the first rooms are devoted to European art between 1300 and 1800. A panorama of masterpieces from the history of art, including some major figures such as Andrea Mantegna, Lucas Cranach the Elder (5 works including the Portrait of Luther), Tintoretto, Brueghel the Elder and Rembrandt.
A section is entirely dedicated to Danish and Nordic art from 1750 to 1900. A period known as the Danish Golden Age. You will be able to admire works by Vilhelm Hammershøi (Double Portrait of the Artist and his Wife, A Farmhouse, Evening in the Parlour), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg and L. A. Ring. French avant-garde art from 1900 to 1930 is very well represented. Fauves and cubists mainly.
Henri Matisse (La Raie verte or Luxe II), Modigliani, Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso and André Derain, among others, introduced new reflections on the notion of modern art.
Finally, Danish and International Art after 1900 deals with the development towards modernity, from expressionism and surrealism to the most recent contemporary art, through the works of Per Kirkeby, Danh Vo and Ursula Reuter Christiansen.
A shop and a café are a pleasant complement to a visit to the museum. Art lovers can spend the day here!
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Open from 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays until 8pm, closed on Mondays. Adult 120 DKK, -30 years 95 DKK, free -18 years.
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