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Children’s Workshop: The Power of Colour

What happens when you mix your favourite colour with the colour you dislike the most? Mixing colours is pure magic. And this Easter we focus on an artist who always let colours run wild in his paintings: Henri Matisse.

Come and join us in letting the colours speak. We will paint, do paper cut-outs and create colourful sculptures.

Dates: 27 March – 2 April 11.30 – 16.30
Price: DKK 30 + standard admission fee

Open on Easter Monday

SMK is usually closed on Mondays, but will be open on Easter Monday, 2 April, from 11.00 to 17.00. Take this opportunity to visit the special exhibitions Art in the Making and Ursula Reuter Christiansen:THE EXECUTIONER, or to explore the collection, where you will find colourful French art, Danish Golden Age landscapes, experimental contemporary art and much more.

Date: 2 April 11.00 – 17.00
Price: standard admission fee


Visit SMK’s all-new café, Kafeteria, and be tempted by delicious cakes, freshly baked bread and high-quality food. 

The café is created by restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe, who developed the cuisine at Kafeteria in co-operation with chef Jakob Kjær. Kafeteria focuses on organically grown, high-quality seasonal produce. The café has its own bakery, so you will always find a large selection of home-made cakes and freshly baked bread.

Kafeteria is located right inside the museum’s main entrance and can be visited without paying any museum admission fees.

Opening hours: Kafeteria is open during the museum’s opening hours 


Webmaster Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0100
"Kom" and practice your Danish at SMK SMK is launching a brand new season of SMK KOM 7. March, where languages and cultures come together... 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.

You help decide what happens

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 7. March. 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 Annette Skov or Vera Østrup.

Webmaster Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0100
Winter holidays at SMK: Be an artist for the day How is a work of art created? The exhibition Art in the Making tries to answer this question, which...

Photo: Brittany Laura Overgaard

Make your own masterpieces
Sketch, sculpt, go! In the Children’s Workshop you can sketch out your ideas before you set out to create your very own masterpiece.

The museum’s in-house artists are ready to help you get the creative juices flowing. 

Dates: 10 – 18 February 11.30 – 16.30. Also every Saturday and Sunday in February.
Price: DKK 30 + standard admission fee. For ages 3 and up



Create a collective work of art
We have heaps of clay, lots of brushes and plenty of paint in every colour. On 12 February – the Monday beginning the winter holidays – you can help us create five works of art that will be placed in the Sculpture Street afterwards.

The five works will be on display all through the winter holidays so that they can be admired by everyone visiting.

Date: 12 February 11.30 – 15.30
Price: Free with standard admission

Carnival party!
Come as a dinosaur, fairy, superhero or whatever you wish. It’s carnival time at SMK – known as ‘fastelavn’ in Danish.

Before we carry out the traditional Danish carnival tradition of ‘beating the barrel’, you can join us for a guided tour of the museum collection to see fancy costumes, masks, the crown of the ‘Cat King’ and other carnival motifs in art. You can also help us create a huge carnival picture.

12.00 – 14.00: Help us create a giant carnival picture
12.30: Carnival-themed guided tour for children
13.20: ‘Beating the barrel’ – a traditional Danish carnival game

To celebrate the day, the café serves traditional Danish carnival buns (‘fastelavnsboller’) and steaming mugs of hot cocoa. 

Date: 11 February 12.00 – 14.00
Price: Varies deprending on activity

Webmaster Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:02:00 +0100
Upcoming exhibition: Art in the Making How is a work of art made? Now you can see how various artists worked, following the creative... The exhibition Art in the Making gives you a glimpse into how various artists have worked through the ages, offering insight into the thoughts, deliberations and sketches that precede the final works of art.

How does the initial idea for a work of art arise? What stages and processes does the work undergo before it is finished? Find out here.

At this exhibition, you will be able to explore sketches and finished works by artists such as El Greco, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Nicolai Abildgaard, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Christen Købke, P.S. Krøyer and many other great masters of art history.

Hans Holbein the Elder, The head of a crossbowman taking aim,1514-1515

Draw your own masterpiece
You can also try your own hand at croquis drawing every Sunday at the exhibition’s art workshop – and enjoy inspiring talks featuring some of the greatest artists working today. Keep an eye on our calendar for updates.


Exhibition period: 8 February – 6 May

Admission fee (free to Annual Pass holders)

Keep an eye out for our event programme, which will be presented in our calendar.

Webmaster Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:54:00 +0100
New exhibition in the x-room: SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER* The artist Nairy Baghramian has created a work of art especially for x-rummet at SMK. A large,... The artist Nairy Baghramian has created a work of art especially for x-rummet at SMK. A large, sculptural piece consisting of milky, semi-transparent forms balancing precariously on tall, shiny legs.

Nairy Baghramian: SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER*
in the x-room 7 December – 2 April 2018

Now you can explore the exhibition SÅ LÆNGE DET VARER* [As long as it lasts] in the x-room at SMK – an entirely new project by the internationally acclaimed German artist Nairy Baghramian. 

Inspired by an iconic steel grid structure from the exhibition venue The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the artist has produced an installation especially for SMK.

Today the structure has been taken down again, and Nairy Baghramian got hold of a piece of the steel grid, reconstructing it in wood and casting it in silicone. What was originally a firmly solid, load-bearing grid structure made of steel has now been transformed into fragile shapes delicately poised on spindly legs

About the artist

German artist Nairy Baghramian (born in 1971 in Isfahan, Iran) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The x-room exhibition constitutes the artist’s first solo show in Scandinavia. 

Baghramian’s exhibition activity includes DOCUMENTA 14, Kassel (2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 and 2007, and solo shows at e.g. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017–18), S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (2016), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015) and Art Institute of Chicago (2014).

Ayoe Torbensdóttir Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:09:00 +0100
Christmas at SMK: Christmas workshops, a Christmas tree sculpture – and the difficulties of Christmas Come in and get creative at the SMK Christmas workshops this December. At our ‘Sundays for Kids’...
Photo: Ida Tietgen

Creative Christmas workshops
Follow the sound of squeaking cotton-wool and busy scissors, and you’ll find The Children’s Workshop. Every weekend, you can visit the workshop to produce Christmas decorations and Christmas art out of all kinds of fun materials. The museum’s own in-house artists are ready to help you if you need a bit of inspiration. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 

Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December from 11.30 to 16.30
Price: DKK 30 plus standard admission fee.


Photo: Ida Tietgen

Sundays for Kids: Decorate a Christmas tree

Lots and lots of angels, stars, elves and paper chains. Join us for Sundays for Kids and help us decorate a Christmas tree with so many ornaments that it ends up looking like a sculpture. We have piles of gold and silver paper, cotton wool, chenille stems, angel feathers and every colour of the rainbow. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Date: 3 December from 11.30 to 15.30
Free to all ticket/pass holders.


Ris a la mande and hot cocoa
Need a break? In December, the café’s list of treats includes the traditional Danish rice-based pudding ris a la mande – and you can warm yourself with a steaming mug of hot cocoa.

Practical information

The museum is closed on 24, 25, 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

More about admission fees, borrowing pushchairs and all of SMK’s offerings to families with young children.

Astrid Wiik Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:35:00 +0100
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.

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
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