Behind | News about the art | For children | 23.apr.2007

The Egmont Knowledge Centre

New, large-scale centre at Statens Museum for Kunst boosts activity levels for children, young adults and adults.

On 27 April Statens Museum for Kunst officially opens the new The Egmont Knowledge Centre. The centre, which is realised thanks to a donation of DKK 15 million from the Egmont Foundation, spans three floors and more than 1,600 m² of state-of-the-art facilities, making it the most ambitious and elaborate platform for the presentation of art in Denmark.

The generous donation from the Egmont Foundation has allowed Statens Museum for Kunst to realise a long-standing dream of creating a comprehensive, up-to-date platform for active learning and experiences at the museum. Comprising entities such as u.l.k. Art Labs, Children’s Museum of Art, Prints and Drawings, and the Danish National Library, The Egmont Knowledge Centre offers a wide range of different facilities and experiences. The centre constitutes a crucial milestone in the museum’s ongoing work to intensify the ways it communicates and presents the arts, appealing to all age groups while also targeting specific interests.

The Egmont Knowledge Centre is primarily housed in the red museum building and accessed through entry points located in the museum’s Sculpture Street. Over the course of the last 18 months, the extensive areas covered by the centre have been refurbished, thoroughly renovated and furnished with mobile laboratories, exhibition halls, creative workshops, lecture rooms, spaces for reflection, and much more. Regular special exhibitions of original art from the museum collections, presentations of conservation projects, and -  importantly - interactive access to the arts and art history will be among the many activities found at The Egmont Knowledge Centre.  

u.l.k. Art Labs
In answer to the widespread demand for a national hub for engaging, up-to-the-minute art events for young adults, the museum presents the u.l.k. Art Labs. In this creative setting, young people from 12 to 20 can build, generate and share knowledge - and create new frameworks for experiencing and appreciating art. Since the beginning of 2006, a group of young art pilots have worked together with architects, designers, the School Services and the museum’s scholars and educators to develop the physical and virtual frameworks of the u.l.k. Art Labs, attuning them to future users.

All activities at the u.l.k. Art Labs are developed by young people for young people. Interactivity has been a key concern, and all initiatives are adapted to specific target audiences. Through exhibitions, mobile laboratories equipped with cutting-edge digital media, events, and workshops, young people are prompted to generate their own knowledge, positions, and contributions. Visitors will be able to enter into creative dialogues with each other, with artists, and with museum staff, e.g. by trying their hands at curating an exhibition, presenting art to others, or dabble in the craft of conservation. The new, interactive website gives young audiences immediate access to the museum’s most recent, research-based know-how, allowing them to challenge museum staff with their own contributions, opinions, and visual inputs. The website also gives young people a platform for building their own creative profile and for exchanging views, art, knowledge, animations, film, audio, photos and interpretations with each other. The u.l.k. Art Labs opens with the exhibition "Where do you fit into the picture?"
The interactive website is launched on 24 April.

Admission to the u.l.k. is free all days. Opening hours follow the regular museum hours.

Children’s Museum of Art
Children’s Museum of Art represents an extension and expansion of The Children’s Art Museum, an initiative which was realised nine years ago thanks to another large donation from the Egmont Foundation. Throughout its nine years, this original initiative proved a huge success among the very youngest museum patrons. The new Children’s Museum of Art is primarily aimed at children up to the age of 12 – and welcomes groups such as school outings as well as children who visit the museum with their families. The activities take place in two separate "houses" created for two different age groups: children aged 0 to 6 years and children aged 6 to 12. The Children’s Museum of Art arranges regular special exhibitions of original art from the museum collections, presenting them - literally and figuratively - at eye’s height for young audiences. The main concept behind the exhibitions is to create a framework that invites dialogue between the arts and each individual child, e.g. by establishing a sense of calm to promote reflection. The works of art are present as part of pictorial narratives with themes linked to children’s imagination and lives. The first exhibitions at Children’s Museum of Art are "Mermaid’s Hair and Neptune’s Headache" for the 0-6 age bracket and "2+2=7" for the 6-12 age bracket.

The encounter between art and child is always supported by oral and written presentations: guided tours, family guides, the exhibition journal indblik and colouring books. Visits can also be combined with a visit to the Workshops where children can try their hand at different techniques, materials, and themes.
Admission to Children’s Museum of Art is free during the museum’s opening hours.
The workshop is open to pre-booked groups on weekdays. Booking: +45 3374 8484.
On weekends and holidays, the workshops are open to all children. No booking required. Admission fee: DKK 20 per child.

Prints and Drawings
Comprising around 300,000 pieces from the 1400s to the present day, Statens Museum for Kunst has Denmark’s largest collection of art on paper. Officially known as the Royal Collection of Prints and Drawings, the department is open to all, giving free access to works by artists ranging from Dürer, Rembrandt and Goya to 19th century masters such as Abildgaard and Købke onwards to Matisse, Picasso and contemporary artists such as Kirkeby and Tal R.
The Department of Prints and Drawings lets pre-booked museum visitors conduct close-up studies of drawings, watercolours, sketchbooks, photographs and all kinds of graphic art. The works are brought up from storage as pre-booked by the visitors, making the works immediately available when they arrive.

In the autumn, the museum’s art historians will take the history and riches of the Department of Prints and Drawings as their starting point for three lectures.
Prints and Drawings receives visitors Tuesdays-Fridays between 10 and 15. Appointments must be pre-booked on T 3374 8515.

Danish National Art Library
Danish National Art Library is the main Danish library for the visual arts, art history, and architecture and is the largest art library in Northern Europe. Now, the main branch on Kgs. Nytorv is supplemented by an all-new branch at the The Egmont Knowledge Centre.
The library allows museum visitors to browse the shelves and databases, finding new inspiration and supplementing their visit with additional knowledge - e.g. on the museum’s collections and special exhibitions, current exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, and the themes addressed in the activities aimed at children and young adults.
The library’s reading lounge offers a calm setting for contemplation, and the library will moreover host special author’s events.
Admission to the new branch of Danish National Art Library in The Egmont Knowledge Centre is free. Open all weekdays during regular museum hours.

For further information contact:
Press Officer

Jakob Fibiger Andreasen
T +45 3374 8423
M +452267 7697

The Egmont Knowledge Centre is donated by the Egmont Foundation

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