Copenhagen’s Booming Art Scene – The Exhibitions for 2014

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Copenhagen’s Booming Art Scene

The Exhibitions for 2014

Copenhagen is an interesting place for the lovers of art of all sorts. Denmark is of course by now world-famous for its design, but it also has some of the most exciting art you can come across in Europe, an abundance of classy art galleries and also an extensive choice of art museums.

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Being able to enjoy the best the city has on offer, will in any case require some planning from your side. Two of the absolute art highlights, Arken and Louisiana, are actually a bit outside the city, but there’s no need to be discouraged, the Copenhagen region has a well-connected public transportation network. In no more than some 45 minutes even Louisiana, some 40 kilometres away, is easily reachable. 45 minutes in a city like London or New York is really nothing, why would it be here?

The two main modern art museums are Arken, just south off Copenhagen, and Louisiana, between Copenhagen and Helsingør in a stunning location. And there’s much more to find in the city itself. On this page we will share the most up-to-date exhibition information for all venues that we find of value in the city. Do you have recommendations for an art event in Copenhagen, that you think we should really include? Send us an e-mail at: wkndr@artweekenders.com.

This art events agenda for Copenhagen is only one of our art exhibition guides. For more information, please check out our Exhibitions pages. And of course, enjoy your art events in Copenhagen.

 

Arken Museum of Modern Art

 

Arken Museum of Modern Art is the most important museum in Copenhagen for modern art. ARKEN is situated 15 kilometres south of Copenhagen in Ishøj and has been open since 1996, as part of a plan to boost the cultural image of the area south of Copenhagen.

Current exhibitions at Arken:

Hundertwasser’ at Arken

Hundertwasser_ArkenThe Austrian eccentric painter, architect, ecological activist, designer, poet and philosopher Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was strongly driven by his Utopian dreams of creating a better world and a better life through the beauty of art. In this exhibition Arken is giving the visitors a chance to understand what the artist was looking for via his creations.

One of the main ideas of Hundertwasser was the abolishment of straight lines and letting the rounded forms of nature conquer society. Mixed with his fantastic colour arrangements you as the visitor might leave the place believing that he wasn’t just a dreamer, but that his Utopia could actually work. An exhibition not to be missed.

READ MORE: Hundertwasser at Arken in Copenhagen

Dates February 1 2014 – June 1 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10h-17h
Wednesday: 10h-21h
Mondays closed (although open on public holiday Mondays)
Admission Fees Adults: DKK 95.
Students: DKK 75. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-17): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 80.
Members club: Free

Address:
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Arken Modern Art Museum (English site)

Palle Nielsen: The Model at Arken

Almost for the entire 2014, Arken will dedicate half of the museum to a gigantic playground for kids. The Model, a 1968 playground by the Danish artist Palle Nielsen (b. 1942), is being remade and children will get to bounce in foam, paint and draw, dress up and play recorded music. Arken will be their playground and they will be the artists. The original concept was presented at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet in 1968, when the museum was transformed into a giant activity playground, where kids could act out their instincts freely, without the interference of adults.

The Model can be seen as a pioneering social experiment, a critique of the art museum as an institution, and as an artwork. The 2014 version of the Model is not a simple reconstruction of the original, rather it is adapted to the new world of the kids of our modern society – after all the childhood of today is different form the one in the sixties.

Dates February 9 2014 – December 7 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-17
Wednesday 10-21
Mondays closed (although open on public holiday Mondays)
Admission Fees Adults: DKK 95.
Students: DKK 75. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-17): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 80.
Members club: Free

Address:
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Arken Modern Art Museum (English site)

Always On At Arken:

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

This pivotal group of Ai Weiwei’s sculptures was deposited at Arken by the Frahm Collection in June 2013. It represents the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac and is closely tied to Chinese history, representing 12 animal heads originally cast in bronze for Yuanming Yuan, an imperial palace in Beijing. During the turbulent years of western occupations the heads disappeared, but later seven of them emerged in a government-sponsored auction. Ai Weiwei’s art revolves around human rights and criticism of Chinese society.

Permanent exhibition

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10h-17h
Wednesday: 10h-21h
Mondays closed (although open on public holiday Mondays)
Admission Fees Adults: DKK 95.
Students: DKK 75. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-17): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 80.
Members club: Free

Address:
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222[/ale_tab]

Website: Arken Modern Art Museum (English site)

Damian Hirst Donation’ at Arken

The centre-piece of Arken consists of eight works by the controversial British artist Damien Hirst (b. 1965), which the museum received as a donation from The Merla Art Foundation in London in the fall of 2011. Damien Hirst’s works raise existential questions of mankind’s position in the universe.

Permanent exhibition

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10h-17h
Wednesday: 10h-21h
Mondays closed (although open on public holiday Mondays)
Admission Fees Adults: DKK 95.
Students: DKK 75. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-17): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 80.
Members club: Free

Arken Museum of Modern Art
Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Arken Modern Art Museum (English site)

 

Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art

 

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is without doubt the most important and well-known museum in Denmark. Lousiana is some 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen in Humlebæk (right to the south of Helsingør), but it takes only 45 minutes by train – with special discounts on offer – from central Copenhagen, including a ten-minutes walk through the picturesque village. Besides the impressive permanent collection with over 3,000 works, the museum has 8-12 special exhibitions annually.

 

Current Exhibitions At Louisiana:

 

Contemporary Arab: Architecture, Culture and Identity at Louisiana

This exhibition will be the second installment in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” after the first exhibition entitled New Nordic, on show at Louisiana in 2012. The series is about how architecture is both a bearer of identity and how it also promotes the shaping of the cultural characteristics of a country or a region.

Contemporary Arab is a cross-over exhibition mixing architecture, art, photography, documentary and film and it takes the visitor to new places like Dubai, but also to old Yemenite civilisations and new architectural projects that relate to the Arab desert as place, with focus on the private and public space.

Dates January 31 2014 – May 4 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11h-22h
Saturday and Sunday 11h-18h
Public Holidays 11h-18h
Monday closed

Adults: DKK 110.
Students: DKK 95. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 15): DKK 100 (students DKK 90).
Members club: Free

Address: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Louisiana Modern Art Museum (English site)

Hilma af Klint at Louisiana

You might wonder who is this Hilam af Klint? And rightly so, her fame until very recently was small even in her native Sweden. But suddenly Hilma af Klint’s work has created a great international buzz in 2013, among others at the Venice Biennale and as the best-attended exhibition of a Swedish artist ever at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet (who also organises this exhibition at Louisiana).

Hilma af Klint links spiritualism, the inner experience and symbolic language together in ground-breaking abstract paintings. These paintings were coincidentally never shown in public during her lifetime.

Dates March 7 2014 – July 6 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11h-22h
Saturday and Sunday 11h-18h
Public Holidays 11h-18h
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 110.
Students: DKK 95. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 15): DKK 100 (students DKK 90).
Members club: Free

Address Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Louisiana Modern Art Museum (English site)

Upcoming Exhibitions in Louisiana

Philip Guston’ at Louisiana

Dates June 4 2014 – September 7 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11h-22h
Saturday and Sunday: 11h-18h
Public Holidays: 11h-18h
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 110.
Students: DKK 95. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 15): DKK 100 (students DKK 90).
Members club: Free

Address:
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Louisiana Modern Art Museum (English site)

Emil Nolde at Louisiana

Dates July 4 2014 – October 19 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11h-22h
Saturday and Sunday: 11h-18h
Public Holidays: 11h-18h
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 110.
Students: DKK 95. (with valid student-ID)
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 15): DKK 100 (students DKK 90).
Members club: Free

Address:
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
Phone: 45 4354 0222

Website: Louisiana Modern Art Museum (English site)

Currently On At Other Copenhagen Museums:

Asger Jorn: Restless Rebel at National Gallery of Denmark

Asger Jorn is one of the internationally most acclaimed Danish artists, whose work has been exhibited throughout the world. This major spring exhibition at the National Gallery of Denmark – SMK – celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth. Asger Jorn was a rebel in his entire life. For instance, when he won the prestigious Guggenheim award in 1964 his reply was somewhat unusual: “Go to hell with your money bastard”.

The artists was politically active throughout his life and never bulged from a conflict around his ideas. The approximately 200 works of art on display in this exhibition are attempting to give insights into a complicated and unique character within Danish and international art. The exhibition mixes Jorn’s masterpieces together with several rarely exhibited works from private collections including works of sculpture, paintings, prints, ceramics, and literary texts.

Dates February 28 2014 – June 15 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10h-17h
Wednesdays: 10h-20h
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 110
Free admission to the permanent exhibitions
Youth under 27: DKK 90
Children (0-18): Free
Address: National Gallery of Denmark
Statens Museum for Kunst
Sølvgade 48-50
DK-1307 København K, Denmark
Phone: +45 33 41 81 41

Website: National Gallery of Denmark (English site)

 

Friction of Ideas: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Bernard at Ordrupgaard

The special exhibition ‘Friction of Ideas: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Bernard‘, opening in February 2014, is the Ordrupgaard museum’s most ambitious venture in recent years, and will feature exceptional works by two of the greatest names in art history, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, as well as works of their mutual friend and fellow painter, the young artist genius Émile Bernard.

The exhibition will mainly focus on the conflict between the two artists, with more than 60 high-profile works, and the visitor will be taken behind the scenes of the dramatic events that took place between the two artists in Van Gogh’s Yellow House in Arles in 1888.

The exhibition also presents the third man, Bernard, as a major catalyst for the heated exchanges. The friendship between the men and especially the disagreements between the three artists set their stamp on the history of art, and are illuminated in this exhibition. Most of the works on display are from 1888, painted by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Bernard in Paris, Brittany and Arles.

Dates February 7 2014 – June 22 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 13-17
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays: 11-17
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 95
Sundays free admission
Seniors: DKK 90 / Students: DKK 75
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 85

Address:
Vilvordevej 110
2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark
Phone: +45 33 41 81 41[/ale_tab]

Website: Ordrupgaard (English site)

The Art of Drawing 1 at Hirschsprung

This exhibition is the first of a series of smaller exhibitions showing the Hirschsprung collection of drawings and it will focus on the depictions of landscapes, portraits, travel destinations and Italian scenes by the Danish Golden Age artists such as Eckersberg, Købke, Lundbye and others.

Dates February 4 2014 – June 1 2014

Regular Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11h-16h
Wednesdays: 11h-20h
Monday closed

Admission Fees Adults: DKK 75
Seniors/Students: DKK 65
Children (0-18): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 65

Address:
Stockholmsgade 20
DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone: +45 3542 0336

Website: Kunsthal Hirschsprung (English site)

 

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