High-profile research

SMK holds a central position within art history research in Denmark and helps place Danish art within an international perspective.

As Denmark’s premier museum of art and as a research institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture the SMK has a special obligation to promote and carry out wide-ranging research on Danish and international art.

Research forms the foundation of many crucial parts of the museum’s day-to-day practice, and none of the museum’s core tasks can be properly carried out without research.

Based on the collections

The museum’s research is presented to the general public through activities such as exhibitions, publications, art acquisitions, and new displays of the permanent collections. Individual research projects differ greatly in nature and scope. For example, high priority is also given to areas within Danish art history that may not be high-profile, but are important nevertheless. All projects share one common trait: They are relevant to – and take their point of departure in – the museum’s collections.

The SMK is the only Danish art museum to fall under the scope of the Danish Act on research at archives, libraries, and museums.

Read articles about art in the museum’s own research journal, the SMK Art Journal.


The SMK bookshop

See a selection of the SMK’s own publications and the bookshop’s wide stock of other Danish and international art books.

Research strategy

Research strategy

Read about the SMK's research strategy.

Research projects

Research projects

Delve into a wide selection of subjects, ranging from the history of the Nordic avant-garde movement to Venetian drawings.

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