Coming exhibitions

Rising from Darkness

17 September 2015 – 17 January 2016

Take a journey fraught with emotion back to the post-war years when humanity was torn between anxiety and hope. Rising from Darkness portrays the human condition in the years following World War II.

Dating from the 1950s, the works on display present dark tales, expressing how a group of Danish artists experienced the post-war era and the looming threat of all-destroying nuclear war.

A Beautiful Lie – Eckersberg

8 October 2015 – 24 January 2016

The father of Danish painting and a convention-breaking pioneer in his own day: The 2015 autumn exhibition at the SMK takes an in-depth look at C.W. Eckersberg (1783 -1853). Eckersberg is famed for his impressive compositions, framing specific views of the world with particular visual impact. The exhibition presents Eckersberg as a multi-faceted artist who was driven by curiosity, a strong feel for the sensuous, and a striving to control the world by creating near-perfect miniature worlds.

Open Workshop: The Queen’s Birthday Present

Exhibition period: 29 October 2015 - 28 February 2016

Watch the museum’s conservators at work as they wield scalpels and pigments to restore one of the Queen of Denmark’s privately owned works of art. J.S. Wahl’s painting The Royal Table of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor has been on the walls of the royal quarters at Fredensborg Palace since 1872, and Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has greatly enjoyed its presence there all her life. Now, however, the painting is in very poor condition, its paint peeling in several places. Extensive restoration is required in order to restore the piece to its former glory.

Ecstasies – Auguste Rodin on paper

23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is primarily known for his dramatic sculptures depicting human figures. However, Rodin was also a prolific and multi-faceted draughtsman who explored the extensive potential inherent in paper as artistic medium. Rodin himself emphasised the importance of his work on paper: “It’s very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.”


The exhibition showcase Rodin’s unique work as a draughtsman, relating his drawings to his work as a sculptor.

Permanent exhibitions

European Art 1300-1800

European Art 1300-1800

500 years of art history from all of Europe. A treasure trove featuring works by some of the greatest figures from art history.

Danish and International Art after 1900

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900

From the birth of Danish painting, through the Golden Age, to the dawn of modernism.

© André Derain

French Art 1900-30

Experience some of the museum's most famous works by artists such as Picasso, Braque, Derain and Matisse.

Danish and International Art after 1900
© David Shrigley (1968- ), Beginning, Middle and End, 2009

Danish and International Art after 1900

Experience modern art from the 20th century and the very latest contemporary art in the Gallery’s white building.

The Royal Cast Collection

The Royal Cast Collection

Discover thousands of plaster sculptures and explore naked figures, pagan gods and Christian art.