National Gallery of Denmark - All news on Latest posts en National Gallery of Denmark - All news on 18 16 Latest posts TYPO3 - get.content.right Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:55:00 +0200 Gillian Wearing – Family Stories The respected British artist Gillian Wearing is engrossed by people and their relations. In a new... Gillian Wearing - Famlily Stories: 13.October - 7. January 2018

In her works Gillian Wearing (b. 1963) gives perfectly ordinary people a voice – documenting private narratives, examining family constructs and exploring the boundaries between the private and the public.

She often incorporates herself or members of her family directly in her art, raising questions about how relationships with other people help shape our identity.

"I just look for situations where there is an element of truth. People can't relate to a made-up fantasy of what a family is; they might aspire to it for themselves. But if they are to view someone else's situation then they want something that is honest," says Gillian Wearing.

Gillian Wearing's sculpture: A Real Danish Family

The works in the exhibition all centre on families and family life. This also holds true for a new piece that specifically aims to prompt public discussion: A Real Danish Family, an art project involving 500 Danish families, a jury and large-scale public bronze sculpture representing a real Danish family.

Gillian Wearing set out to find “a real Danish family”, which will ultimately be depicted as a life-sized bronze sculpture erected in a central Copenhagen location.

TV-programme about the road to a winning sculpture

The project was first launched in the autumn of 2016 with a campaign inviting all families in Denmark to take part in the competition to be immortalised in bronze. Around 500 families signed up, and the Danish broadcasting corporation, DR, followed the entire process:

From interviews with participating families across the country to the jury’s deliberations and the final choice of the winning family. DR’s three TV programmes about the project air on 2, 9 and 16 October 2017 on DR2.

The nationwide sculpture project was carried out as a collaboration between Gillian Wearing, Kunsthal Aarhus, DR and SMK, celebrating the many different types of family found in Denmark.

The winning family and the sculpture will be revealed on 13 October 2017 at SMK, coinciding with the opening of the exhibition Gillian Wearing Family Stories.

A Real Danish Family is supported by the Bikuben Foundationthe City of Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation

Webmaster Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:55:00 +0200
Autumn Holidays: Families in Art Inspired by the exhibition Gillian Wearing – Family Stories, SMK focuses on families throughout the...

Gillian Wearing – Family Stories

In a range of video works, photographs and sculptures, British artist Gillian Wearing tells us poignant as well as unpleasant stories about families and the relationships we might see between different members of the same family – for example between mother and child.

Children's Workshop: Families and communities

Every day of the holidays you can build sculptures, paint, create collages and express your own creative takes on what a family might look like. Price: DKK 30 plus standard admission fee.


Culture Night: Family Stories

The museum’s Stage is transformed into a giant dance floor complete with coloured light and mirror balls. Take your mother, brother, aunt or cousin with you as we invite everyone to a family dance session.

The Culture Night also features art talks aimed at children, drawing workshops focusing on family portraits, and a cosy family dinner of kid-friendly food served at long tables. Culture Pass required.


Open all week at KAS

The otherwise closed Royal Cast Collection is open all week 11-17. 
Experience the several thousands of cast sculptures in the old warehouse at Toldbodgade 40.


Draw a real family

At SMK Wednesday 18. october you can learn how to draw a real life family, posing right in front of you. You can join the drawing workshop at any time from 17.00-20.00 at the Stage. We will provide all necessary equipment. No previous experience or registration needed.


Family  food in the café

To celebrate the autumn holidays the café serves particularly family-friendly food. For example we offer a delicious Spaghetti Bolognese or chicken nuggets with chips to please the palates of our young art fans.


Practical information

This year’s autumn holidays run from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 October. Don’t forget that the museum is open on Monday 16 October.

More about admission fees, borrowing baby buggies and prams and all our family offerings.

Webmaster Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:58:00 +0200
Drawing workshops with nude models – and chickens Join us as we host another round of drawing workshops as part of the museum’s SMK Wednesday... Would you like to learn how to draw? Or do you want to hone your drawing skills even further? Here is your chance: SMK hosts a number of drawing workshops at the museum throughout the autumn season. Bring your family, friends and loved ones along – and draw after sculptures, nude models or even live chickens. 

Artists will assist you
You don’t need to have any prior drawing experience to attend our workshops – you will have plenty of opportunities to receive advice and technical assistance along the way from SMK’s academy-trained in-house artists.

Practical details
The drawing workshops are part of the SMK Wednesday programme on these dates (identical workshops start at three different times – pick the time that suits you).

20 September at 17.00-20:00
18 October at 17.00-20:00
22 November at 17.00-20:00

You are welcome to join in at any point and no previous drawing experience is required. No advance booking required. The event is free, but of course you will need to pay the standard admission fee to the museum or have an SMK Annual Pass

The workshops take place below the SMK’s large staircase, overlooking the beautiful Østre Anlæg park.

About SMK Wednesday

Every Wednesday we stay open until 20.00. You can enjoy art talks and view the SMK’s exhibitions and permanent displays until late. We also always offer a special surprise in the form of e.g. concerts, performances, ballet or drawing workshops.

If you should get hungry during your visit, SMK’s café Depanneur is located right next to the drawing workshop. The café also offers take-away food for you to bring home.

More about SMK Wednesday

Webmaster Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:28:00 +0200
"Kom" and practice your Danish at SMK SMK launches a new, experimental social event where languages and cultures come together over art... Would you like to practice your Danish language skills? Or help others do that? And would you like to do that over a nice cup of coffee amongst 700 years of art? Then SMK KOM may be just the thing for you.

We have launched SMK KOM because we saw a great need for this kind of initiative. We know that talking about art has very special potential. Conversations based on art soon engage with life experiences, identity and emotions. And that’s very motivational when you’re learning a new language and entering into new social spheres and communities, explains art educator Julie Johnsen.

Every Wednesday between 16.00 and 19.00 you can visit the SMK KOM social event at the National Gallery of Denmark to speak Danish, look at art and meet new people. It is absolutely free, everyone is welcome – and the first event has just taken place.

From Eritrea, Russia and Syria – to Denmark

Around 30 people with roots as far afield as Spain, Russia, Eritrea, Syria and Nepal took part in the first SMK KOM event. Together, they used each other and the realm of art to practice their Danish language skills.

You help decide what happens

Around 30 people with roots as far afield as Spain, Russia, Eritrea, Syria and Nepal took part in the first SMK KOM event. Together, they used each other and the realm of art to practice their Danish language skills.

SMK KOM has grown out of SMK’s collaboration with language schools. SMK has worked with language schools since 2013.

By now we have built a large network of people who do not have Danish as their first language. Now we launch a new format where anything and everything can happen. At SMK KOM you help decide what happens, says Julie Johnsen.

Practical information

Statens Museum for Kunst, Sølvgade 48-50, København. Wee meet in the Sculpture Street.

Every wednesday from 6 September – 13 December. From 4-7. (You are welcome to arrive and leave at any time within this period).

Who can join?
Language school students/course participants and anyone else who wants to practice their Danish.

How much does it cost?
The event is free, and participants get free admission to the museum. No advance registration required.

Do you have any other question about the event? Then feel free to contact Julie Johnsen via

Webmaster Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:33:00 +0200
Mark Leckey exhibition extended "I'd like museumgoers to have a psychedelic experience when they step into the room. I’d like the... If you haven't been under the bridge yet, you still have a chance. The exhibition with Mark Leckey is extended until 29 October.

British artist Mark Leckey grew up outside Liverpool. With the exhibition he invites you to join him in returning to a very distinctive place from his own childhood: the ramps underneath the M53 motorway bridge in Ellesmere Port. 

For the x-room venue he has recreated the bridge and ramps where he and his friends hung out in the early 1970s. According to Leckey, all his works are a kind of exorcism – the urge to create a work arises when something becomes too toxic and must be expelled and eradicated.

The total installation involves not only a giant phantom bridge awash with sodium lights, but also peeling posters and a new audio piece embedding the entire installation in an immersive soundscape.

Ever since the late 90s Leckey has been a prominent figure on the international contemporary art scene. He first shot to fame with his 1999 video work Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, a celebration of British dance culture, and in recent years Leckey has reaffirmed his position.

9 October is the last chance to see the exhibition He Thrusts His Fists Against the Posts But Still Insists He Sees the Ghosts.

Webmaster Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +0200
Add some ballet to your Wednesday Watch as the realms of art and ballet meet and merge. This autumn we invite visitors to enjoy... This autumn a group of ballet dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet will take their art to SMK. Surrounded by visual arts, they will dance a range of new ballet performances inspired by works from the museum’s exhibitions and by selected periods from art history.

Each of these brief ballet performances can be viewed on the first Wednesday of every month ( 4 October, 1 November and 6 December) .

Practical details
The ballet performances are free once you have paid the standard admission fee to the museum (or have an SMK Annual Pass). No advance booking required. The ballet performances are part of the SMK Wednesday programme and is supported by Bikubenfonden.

About SMK Wednesday

Every Wednesday we stay open until 20.00. You can enjoy art talks and view the SMK's exhibitions and permanent displays until late. We also always offer a special surprise in the form of e.g. concerts, performances, ballet or drawing workshops.

If you should get hungry during your visit, SMK's café Depanneur offers snacks and meals. The café also offers take-away food for you to bring home.

Webmaster Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0200
Crossing Borders A new exhibition focus on how artists have always crossed great distances in their quest for... Artists have always been adventurous, travelling out into the world in order to get new ideas and inspire others. A new exhibition explores how artists crossed great distances during the years 1300 to 1800 – driven first by necessity, then by an urge for adventure.

Join us on a journey where we focus on how artists have always crossed great distances in their quest for inspiration and new ideas.

European masterpieces

The titans of art history come together in this exhibition: Andrea Mantegna, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Corbelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Jacob Jordaens, Rembrandt van Rijn and many more. 

Immerse yourself in masterpieces of Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, Spanish and German art that will take you on a journey through the Renaissance and the Baroque.

Read more about the exhibition

Crossing Borders is on display until 26 November 2017

Webmaster Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0200
Last chance to see: Pictures and Power Have you explored the exhibition about Christian II? The 10th of September is the last chance to... Christian II (1481-1559) is one of Denmark’s most fascinating and famous kings. He was also the first Danish king to use visual art to promote himself and his political agendas. In the exhibition you can explore how he used art as a tool to aid his political strategies.

In the exhibition you can delve into and explore how Christian II used pictures strategically.

Paintings and prints by renowned artists

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, engravings and woodcuts by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Jan Gossart, Michiel Sittow and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The exhibition Pictures and Power: The Visual Politics of Christian II is on display until 10 September 2017.

Webmaster Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:27:00 +0200
Announcing the winner of the SMK Design Contest In May we announced a jewellery competition, in which the 3D designs had to be based on six of the... The SMK and Shapeways committee has now selected the winner and the four runners up.

There have been more than 250 participants (you can see them all here).  The participants have shown a both professionalism, and creativity in the process of integrating the chosen digitized artworks from SMK in their 3D designs. Thank you to all participants!

The winner

The winner is “Melancholy” necklace SMK contest by 3different.

The designers say:

"We worked with 3 iconic geometric shapes depicted by Cranach: a sphere, a circle and a stick. We incorporated these 3 shapes in a design with the goal to have a full necklace made in “strong and flexible plastic” .

The runners-up

Four more pieces of jewellery was selected: Hammershøi by (in)SomniaThe Egyptian Ring SMK Contest by HRjewelry ShopBall HOOP Ring by mara mo og “At The French Window” Laurel Earrings – SMK by Cady Carlson Designs,

SMK looks forward to show the five selected jewellery in SMK’s main foyer in September. The jewellery will also be sold in the SMK shop and on

Webmaster Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:11:00 +0200
Get your view exhibited at SMK Want to be a part of an exhibition at SMK, National Gallery of Denmark? All you need is to film the... British artist Gillian Wearing has been collecting filmed views from peoples windows from all over the world and would love to include as many different views from windows in Denmark. The film will be screened at SMK, National Gallery of Denmark this autumn as part the exhibition Gillian Wearing – Families Stories.

Everyone who submits views based on the simple guidelines will be included in the film and will be credited at the museum for their participation. They will also receive a short film with their view and other peoples views on.

Deadline: the 18th of August 2017.


  • Film your view on a camera or camera phone. The camera must be either on a tripod or put on a surface so it doesn't move. If you are filming on your phone please shoot horizontally (landscape) and not vertically (portrait).

  • Important: Begin your recording by opening your curtains or blinds to reveal the view. It does not matter whether the view shows a forest or the side of a tall building. All views are valid!

  • Submit your video at where you will also find a more detailed guide to how to film your view with examples of other views.
Webmaster Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:41:00 +0200