Take a journey fraught with emotion back to the post-war years when humanity was torn between anxiety and hope. Rising from Darkness portrays the human condition in the years following World War II.
Dating from the 1950s, the works on display present dark tales, expressing how a group of Danish artists experienced the post-war era and the looming threat of all-destroying nuclear war.
A Beautiful Lie – Eckersberg
8 October 2015 – 24 January 2016
The father of Danish painting and a convention-breaking pioneer in his own day: The 2015 autumn exhibition at the SMK takes an in-depth look at C.W. Eckersberg (1783 -1853). Eckersberg is famed for his impressive compositions, framing specific views of the world with particular visual impact. The exhibition presents Eckersberg as a multi-faceted artist who was driven by curiosity, a strong feel for the sensuous, and a striving to control the world by creating near-perfect miniature worlds.
Open Workshop: The Queen’s Birthday Present
Exhibition period: 29 October 2015 - 28 February 2016
Watch the museum’s conservators at work as they wield scalpels and pigments to restore one of the Queen of Denmark’s privately owned works of art.J.S. Wahl’s painting The Royal Table of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor has been on the walls of the royal quarters at Fredensborg Palace since 1872, and Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has greatly enjoyed its presence there all her life. Now, however, the painting is in very poor condition, its paint peeling in several places. Extensive restoration is required in order to restore the piece to its former glory.
Ecstasies – Auguste Rodin on paper
23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is primarily known for his dramatic sculptures depicting human figures. However, Rodin was also a prolific and multi-faceted draughtsman who explored the extensive potential inherent in paper as artistic medium. Rodin himself emphasised the importance of his work on paper: “It’s very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.”
The exhibition showcase Rodin’s unique work as a draughtsman, relating his drawings to his work as a sculptor.