Coming exhibitions

Might and Glory. Dürer in the Emperor’s Service

5 March – 21 June 2015

Symbols of power, tales of war, beautiful ornaments, and enigmatic fabulous beasts all mingle happily side by side in Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s quite literally largest-ever masterpiece, The Arch of Honour of Maximilian I from 1515. The SMK’s first exhibition of 2015 invites you to take an in-depth look at this work, which is one of the absolute highlights of 16th century graphic art.

What's Happening?

26 March – 2 August 2015

The 1960s and 1970s were an era in which all aspects of human existence were reassessed. Art included. The SMK’s special spring exhibition of 2015 focuses on experimental art created between 1965 and 1975, exploring how art met and intersected with popular culture, everyday life, fashion, sexual liberation, and the new women’s movement. The artists featured include Per Kirkeby, Jørgen Leth, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Lene Adler Petersen, Jytte Rex, Kirsten Justesen and others.

Portrayers of Humanity

17 September 2015 – 17 January 2016

The exhibition Portrayers of Humanity focuses on six artists who shared a common interest in the human figure and the human condition in the post-war era: Palle Nielsen, Svend Wiig Hansen, Dan Sterup-Hansen, Reidar Magnus, Henry Heerup, and Erling Frederiksen. Their works have much to tell us about the anxiety, fear, insecurity and loneliness that many people felt during the years immediately after World War II and during the early stages of the Cold War.


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.

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.