Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900

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.


Both the main narratives and the undercurrents 

In the first exhibition room, we present the beginnings of Danish painting. From here you can choose to go chronologically forward or you may choose to explore secondary roads. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to go in depth with various artists or themes.

Free download of artworks

Download artworks

Browse the 160 artworks available for download as high-resolution images.

Explore the Google Art Project – and a range of works at the SMK.

Digital tables

Explore the digital tables. Here you can learn about selected works and see new connections.

Practical information

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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Watch the video

Film about the exhibition

Come along as Peter Kær visits the exhibition Danish and Nordic art 1750-1900


Thanks to

The Obel Family Foundation and the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Foundation, both of which have supported this exhibition.