Coming exhibitions

Pictures and Power. The Visual Politics of Christian II

Exhibition period 15 june – 10 september 2017

Christian II (1481–1559) is one of the most fascinating kings ever to sit on the throne of Denmark – and he was the first Danish king to seriously use art to promote his political objectives. From 15 June SMK will focus on how the king used painting and prints as communication tools to further his political strategies.

The exhibition features works by e.g. Albrecht Dürer, Jan Gossart, Michael Sittow and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

A Real Danish Family

Exhibition period: October 12 – 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.

What Lies Unspoken

Exhibition period: 18 May 2017 – January 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of the Danish West Indies to the USA, SMK delves into untold stories from Denmark’s colonial rule in the West Indies. Working in collaboration with the Malmö University research project Living Archives, we home in on oft-overlooked stories about the black servants and slaves who worked for Danish families in the West Indies. Taking its starting point in the SMK collections, we also explore how our cultural memory shapes and changes the way we perceive these issues today.

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.