Current exhibitions

Asger Jorn

Asger Jorn – Restless Rebel

28 February – 15 June 2014

Asger Jorn – isn’t he that Cobra-painter with the big, colourful paintings? Yes, he is, but Jorn is also much more than that.

This exhibition gives you a 360 degree view of a truly unique figure within Danish art: Jorn experimented with art throughout his life, was politically engaged, and created sculptures, paintings, ceramics, architecture and much more.

Hear the whole story about the world-famous Danish artist Asger Jorn as the SMK celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean – Print Projects

17 January - 18 May 2014

The exhibition Tacita Dean – Print Projects presents the British artist Tacita Dean’s work within the medium of print. She collects materials and information – for example at flea markets, where she finds old postcards, advertising materials, and amateur photographs that are used as the basis for new narratives.

With alluring graphic art she investigates the relationship between memory and time, fiction and reality.



6 September 2013 – 3 August 2014. 

The children’s exhibition FREEDOM! focuses on the many forms and modes of expression that freedom can involve.

Taking our point of departure in a range of distinctive works of art and the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard we invite children and adults to discuss the concept of freedom.

European Art 1300-1800

European Art 1300-1800

Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

A unique opportunity for gaining insights into 500 years of art from all of Europe.

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.

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900

Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

From the birth of Danish painting through the famous Golden Age of Danish art to the dawn of Modernism.


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.

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.

The Royal Cast Collection

The Royal Cast Collection

Permanent exhibition with artworks from the Collections

At The Royal Cast Collection you can explore thousands of naked figures, which unveils the stories about everything from pagan gods to Christian stories. You can also challenge your creativity and try your hand with plaster cast.

The Royal Cast Collection is part of the SMK, but you'll find the over 2000 casts, that make up the collection, at "the Westindian Warehouse" at Toldbodgade 40, Copenhagen.

Coming exhibitions

Henrik Olesen: A Farewell to Parents

23 May 2014 - autumn 2014

The artist Henrik Olesen focuses on the process of liberation that may, and may not, take place for a young person leaving their parents to seek out new values in life.

Throughout his career Henrik Olesen has worked with a nuanced perception of identity politics as viewed from the perspective of a gay man.

Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset

19 September 2014 - 4 January 2015 

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset surprise us, shock us, and turn the world upside down in their art, which will be featured in a major exhibition at SMK.