Detail of Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior with the Artist's Easel, 1910, SMK

In this display SMK brought out its very best Nordic works of art: Bright summer nights, golden cornfields and magnificent Nordic wildernesses.

The exhibition Nordic Highlights showed Nordic art at its very best. It would take you back in time to the dawn of Nordic art in the nineteenth century in the company of famous artists such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, C.W. Eckersberg, Nicolai Abildgaard, Anna Ancher and many more.

Pan-Nordic artistic communities
The nineteenth century was a halcyon time of Danish art, and throughout the period artists from the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark – engaged in close professional exchanges with each other. Many artists travelled out into Europe, and Copenhagen became an important stopover destination. As the artists resided here briefly, many fruitful friendships were built. Friendships that opened up new artistic horizons for an entire generation of young Nordic painters.

Light in the dark
Nordic artists share a distinctive feel for the qualities of light. After many months of dense winter darkness they are particularly aware of the brilliance of sunlight and the interplay of light and shadow. The bright summer nights of the North held a special fascination for many painters, inspiring them to create many of the main masterpieces of the period.

Practical information

8 April – 13 August 2017 

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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Detail of Anna Petersen, Breton Girl Looking after Plants in the Hothouse, 1884, SMK

Highlights from the permanent exhibition

Storing art requires excellent air quality and a superior indoor climate. To ensure this, SMK has launched a major overhaul of the Museum’s technical installations in 2017. This will ensure that our art can continue to be stored under optimum conditions – all while addressing environmental concerns.

During the spring and summer of 2017 the permanent exhibition Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900 will be closed due to the technical installations. Instead, you can explore the exhibition Nordic Highlights – Focus on Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900, which presents a selection of pieces from the permanent exhibition and from the Norwegian Canica Art Collection.

Focus on-displays in 2017 
When the technical installations move to the permanent exhibition European Art 1300-1900, you can explore its highlights in a Focus on-display as well.

Visiting information

Visiting information

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Detail of L.A. Ring, Harvest, 1885



Read about our current exhibitions.

Detail of P.S. Krøyer, Boys Bathing at Skagen. Summer Evening, 1899

We're building

We're building

I 2017 some of our exhibition rooms will be temporarily closed for specific periods of time, while we're installation af new environmentally friendly climate control system. 

Instead, you can explore a selection of SMK highlights in new FOCUS ON exhibitions.


Concerts, guided tours and SMK Fridays.