Current exhibitions

Gillian Wearing. Family Stories

Gillian Wearing – Family Stories

Exhibition period: October 13 – January 7 2018

What does a real Danish family look like in 2016? This is the question explored by British artist Gillian Wearing in a new project that scrutinises the concept of family and challenges our ideas of what “real” and “Danish” actually means. A nationwide campaign will eventually lead to the selection of one particular family whose likenesses will be cast in bronze. The resulting sculpture will be placed at an as-yet undisclosed place in Copenhagen. SMK will show an exhibition that documents the process, supplemented by other works by Gillian.

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

Exhibition period: 12 August – 26 November

Artists have always been adventurous, travelling out into the world in order to get new ideas and inspire others. The exhibition explores how artists crossed great distances during the years 1300 to 1800 – driven first by necessity, then by an urge for adventure.

The exhibition also includes a range of works from the SMK collection painted by great masters such as Andrea Mantegna, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jacob Jordaens, Rembrandt van Rijn and many more.

What Lies Unspoken

What Lies Unspoken

Exhibition period: 5 May 2017 – January 2018

A special display uses a sound collage of contemporary conversations and discussions to explore works from the SMK collections that depict people of African descent or can be linked to Denmark’s past as a colonial ruler.

Get new perspectives on familiar works of art we thought we knew so well. And delve into stories that have hitherto lain unspoken in art works by C.W. Eckersberg, Astrid Holm, Nicolai Abildgaard and Jens Juel.

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900


Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

The major features of Danish and Nordic art over 150 years are unfolded in a display that features both an historic overview and special themes of immediate relevance to contempoary life, while also focusing on artists of particular importance. At the same time, this display casts light on some of the more overlooked chapters in the history of Danish art.

European Art 1300-1800

European Art 1300-1800

//Temporarily closed until December//

Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections. With the exhibition European Art 1300-1800 the Gallery opens up a treasure trove featuring works by some of the greatest figures from art history, including Mantegna, Cranach, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt and many more.

French Art 1900-1930

French Art 1900-30


Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

In the exhibition French Art 1900-1930, you can experience some of the museum's most famous works by artists such as Picasso, Braque, Derain and Matisse. The starting point for the display is Paris, the most important art metropolis in the early 1900s.

Danish and International Art after 1900
© Max Ernst, Two figures without sex, Chimeras, 1933

Danish and International Art after 1900


Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

Modern art from the 20th century and the very latest contemporary art now fills the exhibition rooms of the Gallery’s white building, offering a wide-ranging display of the main movements within Danish art. The display includes rooms focusing on major individual figures, on collective movements, and on important works and trends from the international art scene of the period.

Kommende udstillinger

Coming exhibitions

Coming exhibitions


Read more about all coming exhibitions.