Den Kongelige Afstøbningssamling (The Royal Cast Collection) is housed in Vestindisk Pakhus, an old warehouse from 1797. The museum houses a collection of more than 2,000 plaster cast of the world’s most outstanding and famous sculptures.
You’ll find sculptures of Egyptian Kings, mythical beasts, Greek gods, Roman Emperors and much more… Works of Michelangelo are also represented in the collection, and outside the museum a copy of his ‘David’ from 1501-1504 is located. As written on their webpage: It is impossible to establish a collection – of this calibre – with the original sculptures of bronze and marble. With cast it is possible to choose only the best of the best…
OK - the collection is quite impressive, but I wasn’t carried away… All the time I knew I was looking at a copy of the original sculpture and that didn't really excite me…
The history of Statens Museum for Kunst (The Danish National Gallery) goes back to 1822 when the King’s private art collection was opened to the public. It went on exhibition at Christiansborg Palace, but a fire destroyed the palace in 1884. To replace the exhibition, the Danish National Gallery opened in 1896 as an independent museum at its present location in Sølvgade.
The museum has today a very large collection of art with more than 8,000 works dating from the 14th century to the present day. My favourite exhibitions are the Sculpture Boulevard and the big hall with Danish and Nordic Art from 1750 to 1900, but I’m sure you’ll also find some highlights in the Italian collection, the 17th century Dutch collection, the French collection, the Golden Age collection, or among the more modern Danish paintings and sculptures.
The old building itself is also very impressive and worth a closer look. In 1998 a modern (white) extension was erected, increasing the museum's total floorage from 17,000 square metres to 29,500 square metres. From the top floor of the new building you have a nice view of Østre Anlæg (read my other tips).
Statens Museum for Kunst houses a huge art collection that covers a period of about 700 years (from 14th century to modern era) through paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations.
The building dates from 19th century and it is interesting on its own (with a highly decorated façade), but there is a modern extension (from 1998) to the back that almost managed to double the space of the museum.
Although there are many international artist here the museum focuses mostly on Danish artists, especially those from the Danish Golden Era which are painters from 19th century such as Kobke and Eckersberg.
Of course if you just want to check the famous one go for Matisse, Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrandt etc
It’s open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00 (till 20.00 on Wednesday)
Free admission for the collections but 95DKK for special exhibitions.
The Statens Museum for Kunst (Danish National Gallery) hosts a very large collection of mostly Danish artists, and is especially well known for works of the Danish Golden Era. The collection is largely based on donations, especially from the Danish royal family. The royals were the source of the large foreign contingent, as they enviously kept their collections on a par with other royal families around Europe.
The museum is housed in the original 19th century museum building, but it has a very modern extension to the back. The resulting building is quite a clash of styles.
Note for parents: If you come with a pushchair, you might find yourself wanting to turn back. The signs direct you to leave your pushchair outside. And they mean that. But don't worry, you won't have to carry your child around the extensive museum. They provide you with your own special museum pushchair.
The National Art Museum is an excellent encyclopedic collection, focusing up the art of Denmark and northern Europe, but also with an excellent concentration of 19th and 20th French art as well. (They are particularly well known for their late Impressionists.)
The main body of the museum features large tradtional galleries, where the bulk of the permanent collection is exhibited. There is also a modern wing - vaguely I.M. Pei-inspired, I'd say - where contemporary and temporary exhibits are on display.
I've been to the "Statens Mueeum" twice - for the first time in May 2006, and most recently in July 2009. And there is still a great deal that I haven't seen. You could easily come here many times over many years without exhausting the collection.
The italian renaissance building of the museum was created by a wellknown architect Dahlerup in 1896 and it has been extended with modern wings in 1998. The basic collection originally was the property of the danish Kings. It has a fine collection of leading european masters (Matisse, Nolde, Braque, Marquet, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Rubens and Memling). Nearly all the Danish masters are exhibited, including Per Kirkeby.
The painting by Kirkeby titeled "Forudsigelse om Venedig" represented Denmark on the art exhibition (The masterpieces of European art) arranged on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
Admission is free!
Statens Museum for Kunst is the only place in Denmark where you can enjoy a tour of 700 years of art history and also the full range of Danish art history from the 18th century up to contemporary art.
The collections include works by the Italian Renaissance artists Titian and Mantegna, the 17th century masters Rubens and Rembrandt, the Danish 19th century painters Eckersberg and Kobke, and 20th century artists edvard Munch and Emil Nolde, joined by Danish artists Asger Jorn, Richard Mortensen, and Per Kirkeby. In addition to this, the Museum is famed for its extensive collection of works by Henri Matisse.
Free admission to the permanent collections on Wednesdays.
Here you can see a very good collection of Danish and foreign art from different periods.
Some years ago the museum were made bigger with an extension beside the old building. You can walk from the old building to the new over a bridge.
There's also a little stage where they make concerts from time to time.
We were visiting on a sunday, and the intrance was free.
We eagerly hiked to the Statens Museum for Kunst - my husband was actually interested in looking at modern art, which nearly made me faint. Unfortunately, when we got there we found out to our dismay, that the main museum is closed until October 2006 for renovations. However, if you are willing to make the trek - there is a great sculpture exhibit in the (ironically named ) Skulpturgaden Ost and Vest, in front of what used to be the outside of the old museum. The old museum having been newly-ensconced inside a very modern-looking exoskeleton. Somehow, the whole thing works.
There is also a wonderful exhibit displaying the drawings of the French Masters - I was elated to be able to get within touching distance of Picasso's "The Banderillas!" Sketches and drawings from Matisse, Manet and Rodin number among the impressive exhibit. I felt that the hastily-rendered, and often drawn-over pieces seemed more alive and brought me closer to the artist than the finished products. At any rate, it was certainly worth the walk.
Holding true to the great Danish belief that culture and history should be accessible to everyone - the whole thing was free.
This museum houses a large assortment of art, representing Danish artists from Baroque up to modern art. Even though they were doing renovations and only half the museum was open when I visited, they still had a lot of stuff to see. A good assortment, but not overwhelming.
Statens Museum for Kunst, Danmark's National Gallery, houses a unique collection of art from Denmark and abroad from the 14th Century until the present day.
Paintings, installations, graphics and sculptures.
There is a children's art museum with exhibition and workshops activities.
There is (of course!) a café, a restaurant (visiting a museum is exciting and makes one hungry and thirsty!) and a large Museum shop (many books on art e.g..)
OPEN: Tuesdays through Sundays10AM - 5PM, Wednesdays 10 AM - 8 PM and closed on MONDAYS.
They keep special HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS, so get adwquate info before visiting...
On Wednesdays admission to the collections is FREE.
There is an increased admittance fee for special exhibitions, which is understandable,
Enjoy your day(s) here, it is very varied and interesting, exciting!
And...do send me a postcard, please, that would be a nice surprise.
My address? eliabeth at van Kleffenslaan 77, 4334 HC middelburg, The Netherlands....that is all there is to it, a piece of cake.
The Statens Museum for Kunst - or State Museum of Fine Arts - is Denmarkýs largest museum, featuring pretty much everything from the medieval paintings to modern installations and much more. The exhibition space has recently doubled in size and is constantly growing. The two richest sections are dedicated to the Dutch 17th century paintings and Danish 19th century paintings. If you come on a Wednesday youýll get in free of charge - itýs the free admission day.
Statens Museum for Kunst
We didn't visit the museum itselve, but I liked the architecture of the building. With a 1 year old and a 5 year old it's rather difficult to look at the nice art pieces.
There are more then 700 pieces of art I'm told. Currently a part of the museum is closed for reconstruction.
Tuesdays-Sundays 10.00-17.00 hrs.
Wednesdays 10.00-20.00 hrs.
Closed for public holidays: 23-25 Dec., 30 Dec. - 1 Jan.
For more info click their website!
V interesting collection of art in the National Gallery, near the university and Amalienborg palace. Free with the Copenhagen card.
This is very nice museum.We walked for hours. It was free but I paid for Danish sculptures part. There were just some very new sculptures there...