Past exhibitions 2014

Manet’s Goya. Prints

Manets Goya. Prints

22 August  18 January 2015

Rampaging bulls, horrific executions, and a strong dose of acid satire. The SMK explores how the French artist Édouard Manet was inspired by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Witness the work of two of art history’s greatest stars in a new exhibition of prints.



19 September 2014 - 4 January 2015

The Danish-Norwegian artist duo Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset surprise us, shock us, and turn the world upside down in their art, which will be featured in a major exhibition at SMK in 2014.

Elmgreen & Dragset have held numerous exhibitions in international contemporary art institutions and galleries. The exhibition at SMK covered central movements and developments in the duo's extensive body of work from 1995 to 2014.

Open Studio: Dürer under the knife!

Open Studio: Dürer under the knife!

The restoration of Albrecht Dürer's masterpiece The Arch of Honour of Maximilian I

5 September-19 December 2014


A huge masterpiece by the Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer had been tucked away in storage for years.
In 2014 it was restored to its former splendour – and you coul watch as the deft hands of the SMK conservators repaired tears, bumps, and discolorations.

Henrik Olesen

Henrik Olesen: Abandon the parents

23 May 2014 - 28 September 2014

An abundance of paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, books, words, and sounds fill the x-rummet venue, establishing surprising connections and creating new narratives.

Through the rich and complex accumulation of objects Henrik Olesen explores and interprets the process of emancipation and independence that may – or may not – happen in the life of an andolescent leaving his or her parents to seek out new values.

Asger Jorn

Asger Jorn – Restless Rebel

28 February – 15 June 2014

Asger Jorn – isn’t he that Cobra-painter with the big, colourful paintings? Yes, he is, but Jorn is also much more than that.

This exhibition gives you a 360 degree view of a truly unique figure within Danish art: Jorn experimented with art throughout his life, was politically engaged, and created sculptures, paintings, ceramics, architecture and much more.

Hear the whole story about the world-famous Danish artist Asger Jorn as the SMK celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean – Print Projects

17 January - 18 May 2014

The exhibition Tacita Dean – Print Projects presents the British artist Tacita Dean’s work within the medium of print. She collects materials and information – for example at flea markets, where she finds old postcards, advertising materials, and amateur photographs that are used as the basis for new narratives.

With alluring graphic art she investigates the relationship between memory and time, fiction and reality.

Haim Steinbach

Haim Steinbach: The Window

15 November 2013 - 23 February 2014

What are quirky salt and pepper shakers doing next to some of the main masterpieces of art history? Haim Steinbach is deeply interested in objects and how they are displayed.

In the exhibition The Window he challenged our perception of the art museum as an institution by showing important works of art side by side with small everyday objects.



6 September 2013 – 3 August 2014. 

The children’s exhibition FREEDOM! focused on the many forms and modes of expression that freedom can involve.

Taking our point of departure in a range of distinctive works of art and the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard we invited children and adults to discuss the concept of freedom.