Obel Family Foundation and the Gallery
In 2010 The Obel Family Foundation made a generous donation in support of the extensive rehang of the museum’s collections, which is one of Denmark’s most important collections of art. The Obel Family Foundation also supports x-rummet at SMK.
Main sponsor of x-rummet
Since 2001 x-rummet has been the SMK’s experimental venue for contemporary art, inviting artists from Denmark and abroad to produce new works for the space. Contemporary art can take many forms. Thus, the art presented in x-rummet ranges from traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture to more recent genres such as photography, installation art, performance art, video art, and conceptual art. Whatever their format, all exhibitions share the same, ever-relevant theme: The significance of art and museums in society today. The Obel Family Foundation is the main sponsor of x-rummet during the period 2013-2016, providing the SMK with the continued opportunity to present contemporary art that addresses the issue of art and museums in the 21st century.
The collections are our core
We believe that the primary objective of the SMK is to protect and preserve our art – and to present information about and insights into that art. The museum provides a setting for many different activities: it serves as meeting place and as the backdrop for social events and cultural experiences. The collections are the starting point of all activities; this is where visitors can see the results of the museum’s work within the fields of research, education, and conservation.
Reinterpreting the collections
The SMK had long wished to stage an all-new presentation of its entire collection, and generous support from e.g. the Obel Family Foundation allowed this ambitious scheme to be realised in 2012. Now, visitors can experience a reinterpreted presentation of the collections, one that includes information communicated via new digital and analogue platforms, all of it enhanced by new visitor facilities that support the overall museum experience.
Three main areas
The exhibition spaces, covering a total area of approximately 6,700 m², have been renovated, and the new presentation of the collections now has approximately 1,500 works of art on display. The collections fall into three main areas: Older European Art, Older Danish Art, and modern art from 1900 onwards. The three main areas are presented as autonomous sections with more or less separate profiles. They are like three museums under a single roof, each of them making the most of the distinctive nature and potential of their particular field.
Three museums in one
The new presentation of the museum’s collections was completed in three stages. May 2011 saw the reopening of the section of older Danish art, presenting art from 1750-1900. This was followed in 2011 by the reopening of the section of European art from 1400-1800, and finally the modern section was presented in the spring of 2012.