Exhibition | News about the art | 17.may.2011

Denmark’s largest collection of art presented anew

On 28 May 2011 the National Gallery of Denmark officially opens "Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900" and "French Art 1900-30" – the first two out of the total of four new presentations and reinventions of the Gallery’s permanent collections. On that occasion we invite the media to a press conference:

Keeping our art heritage relevant
The National Gallery of Denmark houses Denmark’s most important collections of art, and one of the Gallery’s chief tasks is to keep this heritage vibrant and relevant to contemporary audiences. Thanks to generous support from The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation to a total value of DKK 15 million, the Gallery can now, over the course of the next year, open its door to new presentations of 700 years of art in freshly reno-vated settings. The new settings reflect our present day and feature on state-of-the-art approaches to communication and education, thereby forging new links between visitors and art history from the early Renaissance to the present day.

New setting, new interpretations
Visitors can expect to see new art historical interpretations of the collections as well as upgraded communication and education initiatives that include new analogue and digital interfaces – and new visitor facilities to support an excellent overall museum experience. The total project will see approximately 6,700 m² of exhibition area renovated; when completed, a total of approximately 1,500 works of art will be on display. The task is of such scope and demands such resources that it can be compared with staging several major special exhibitions.

Three museums in one allow for focused visits
The sheer volume and variety of the collections makes a visit to the National Gallery of Denmark an overwhelming experience. There is enough here to see to warrant multiple visits, and indeed this is encouraged by the fact that admission to the collections is free. The new presentations will facilitate visits where visitors choose to focus on a specific area. The collections cover three main areas: Older European art, older Danish art, and Modern art from after 1900. In future, these three areas will constitute separate sections with more or less separate profiles The result will be like having three museums under a single roof, each of them making full use of the special qualities and potential offered by their specific collections. The older collections will be installed in separate wings of Vilhelm Dahlerup’s historicist building, whereas the modern art will be placed in the modern part of the Gallery.

Opens in three steps
The new presentations of the Gallery collections are completed in three stages, each of them opening on a separate date:

Stage 1:
Danish and Nordic Art 1750 – 1900
French Art 1900-30

Both are opened on 28 May 2011

Stage 2:
European Art 1300 – 1800

From 26 November 2011

Stage 3:
Danish and International Art after 1900

From 31 March 2012

The new presentations of the collections are kindly supported by
The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation.

For further information, please contact:

Jakob Fibiger Andreasen
Head of Press
T    +45 3374 8474
M +45 2961 6949    

Peter Nørgaard Larsen
Head of Collections and Research
T +45 3374 8536

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