Current exhibitions

Nordic Highlights – Focus on Danish and Nordic Art 1750–1900

Nordic Highlights


Exhibition period:
8 April - 13 August


SMK brings out its very best Nordic works of art. Come and enjoy bright summer nights, golden cornfields and magnificent Nordic wildernesses.


Go back in time to the dawn of Nordic art in the nineteenth century in the company of famous artists such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, C.W. Eckersberg, Nicolai Abildgaard, Anna Ancher and many more.


Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey


Exhibition period:
4. maj - 3. september


The internationally acclaimed artist Mark Leckey takes over the x-room venue with an installation produced especially for SMK: A gigantic motorway bridge from his childhood. 

With the exhibition He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts Leckey invites audiences back to the ramps underneath the motorway bridge in his home town.


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.

European Art 1300-1800

European Art 1300-1800


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 Nordic Art 1750-1900

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900 (Temporarily closed until September)


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.

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 the exhibitions in 2017.