18. marts 2005 - 14. maj 2006
The absolutely best works from the Collections were shown in a new challenging hanging. In continuation of the thorough fire prevention of the Museums old building the hanging was presented in the new building. The hanging presented a comprehensive extract of art in 700 years - from Mantegna, Cranach, Lippi, Lorenzetti and Rubens over Abildgaard, Eckersberg, Hammershøi, Krøyer og Willumsen to Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Mortensen, Nolde, Jorn, Weie, Kirkeby and the contemporary art.
The exhibition marked a break with the display principles of Modernism, harking back instead to earlier salon displays, similar to what audiences met when the museum first opened its doors in 1896. More than 1000 works hang from wall to ceiling in dense sequences, but this time the setting and the content of the works were very different. This was the first time that the full range of the museum collections were presented in the new building’s light and spacious rooms. Here, the older art shaded a completely different kind of light, and the more recent works were formed to communicate with – and against – each other to a greater extent than ever before.