Exhibition period: 22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
Auguste Rodin is primarily known for his dramatic sculptures depicting human figures. However, Rodin was also a prolific and multi-faceted draughtsman who explored the extensive potential inherent in paper as artistic medium. Rodin himself emphasised the importance of his work on paper: “It’s very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.”
The exhibition showcased Rodin’s unique work as a draughtsman, relating his drawings to his work as a sculptor.
Exhibition period: 13 October 2016 – 30 December 2017
This exhibition constituted the Danish-born artist Sergej Jensen’s first solo show at a Danish museum. Sergej Jensen is known for taking an unconventional approach to painting.
He focuses on materials and their aesthetic potential. His pictures often consist of found textiles that have been sown together, sometimes featuring no paintwork at all, at other times bearing traces of paint or motifs from art history.
Migration Politics: Three CAMP exhibitions at the SMK
Exhibition period: 10 September – 6 November 2016
Displacement, border crossing and asylum politics were themes addressed by this three-in-one exhibition. Many of the artists have a migrant or refugee background. The exhibitions were curated by CAMP – Center for Art on Migration Politics, which is Scandinavia’s only exhibition venue specialising in art engaging migration themes. CAMP is located in Trampoline House, an independent community center for refugees and asylum seekers in Copenhagen’s Northwest district.
Artist Henrik Plenge Jakobsen brought rarely-seen works out of storage at the museum and used them to create the special display Extracurricular.The works were presented in one of the SMK’s exhibition rooms, right in the midst of the debris and scenery left behind from the previous exhibition. In the centre of the exhibition room you would find the vast, labyrinthine installation An Architecture Composed of the Paintings of Richard Powers and Francis Picabia,made by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy in 1997.
How do new digital technologies affect us? What impact do they have on how we think, act and live today? Those are questions addressed by the highly acclaimed contemporary artist Ed Atkins in his texts, videos and sound art. Atkins is particularly well known for his video installations that combine hyper-realistic depictions of familiar figures and everyday settings with computer-generated animations. For the exhibition Ed Atkins. Safe conduct, Ed Atkins had created an entirely new work specifically for x-rummet, the SMK’s venue for contemporary art.
William Hogarth. A Harlot’s Progress and Other Stories
14 April – 7 August 2016
In the exhibition you could journey back to eighteen-century London. A time when satire thrived. This exhibition turned back time to focus on one of the best and most famous pictorial satirists, William Hogarth (1697–1764). In his prints Hogarth invented a new kind of narrative sequential art – a kind of comic-strip format. In his dramatic pictures, teeming with detail, he addressed contemporary issues: prostitution, poverty, violence, drunkenness, deceit, self-staging and desire.
How are feelings and emotions expressed in the art universe? And how is the intimate space between people depicted?
The exhibition Closer – Intimacies in art explored how artists from the 1700s to mid-1900s sought to portray ‘the intimate' through sensitive and close observations of people, nature and home environments. In the exhibition you could explore artworks by Jean Simeon Chardin, Nicolai Abildgaard, Edvard Munch, Berthe Morisot and William and many more.
Open Studio: A Birthday Present for the Queen
Exhibition period: 29 October 2015 - 28 February 2016
In the exhibition you could watch the museum’s conservators at work as they wielded scalpels and pigments to restore one of the Queen of Denmark’s privately owned works of art.The painting The Royal Table of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor has been on the walls of the royal quarters at Fredensborg Palace since 1872. Now, however, the painting was in very poor condition. Extensive restoration was required in order to restore the piece to its former glory.
The father of Danish painting and a convention-breaking pioneer in his own day: The 2015 autumn exhibition at the SMK took 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 presented 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.
In the exhibition you could take a journey fraught with emotion back to the post-war years when humanity was torn between anxiety and hope. Rising from Darkness portrayed the human condition in the years following World War II.
Dating from the 1950s, the works on display presented dark tales, expressing how a group of Danish artists experienced the post-war era and the looming threat of all-destroying nuclear war.
Delve into the archives
Here you can see what exhibitions closed at SMK in 2015. Click on the boxes for the exhibitions and you will see the archived exhibition pages.
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