| 2.jan.2017

Exhibitions at the SMK in 2017

In 2017 the SMK focuses on geishas, royal portraits and experimental contemporary art.

Albert Edelfelt, Virginie, 1883.
Arla Cederberg Collection, Joensuu Art Museum, Photo: Hyttinen, Kari

Japanomania 1875-1918

Exhibition period: 19Jjanuar – 23 April 2017

Exotic geishas, new ways of depicting nature and rarefied aesthetics. Encountering Japanese art changes the European art scene in the second half of the nineteenth century, and the widespread enthusiasm for all things Japanese also makes itself felt in Nordic art.

This exhibition tells the story of the advent of Japonisme through works by artists such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anna Ancher, L.A. Ring, Van Gogh, Albert Edelfelt and Claude Monet.

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Michel Sittow, Portrait of Christian II (1481-1559), 1514/15

Pictures and Power. The visual politics of Christian II

Exhibition period: 15 Jjuni – 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 – as king and as an exile.

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



Mark Leckey

Exhibition period: 4 May – 3 September 2017 in x-rummet

In the spring of 2017 you can explore an exhibition by British contemporary artist Mark Leckey at SMK. In his art practice Leckey works with everything from collage, sculpture and installation art to sound, video and performances. The exhibition at SMK includes all-new works especially created for x-rummet – SMK’s experimental venue for contemporary art.

In the autumn of 2016 Leckey has a solo show at MoMA PS1 in New York; he received the Turner Prize in 2008.

Nairy Baghramian

Exhibition period: November 2017 – marts 2018 in x-rummet

In the autumn of 2017 SMK will present an exhibition by Iranian-born artist Nairy Baghramian. Creating sculptures and installation art out of everything from aluminium and fibreglass to textiles, rope and robber, Baghramian will produce a range of new works especially for x-rummet, SMK’s experimental platform for contemporary art.   

Baghramian lives and works in Berlin and has exhibited her work at prestigious venues such as Tate Modern and the Venice and Berlin biennials. In 2017 she will also contribute to Documenta 14 in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte in Münster.

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© Gillian Wearing, A Real Birmingham Family, 2014, Courtesy Ikon. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Gillian Wearing - A Real Danish Family

Exhibition period: 12 October 2017 – 7 January 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 else is on...

SMK Fridays
• SMK Fridays returns on 10 February, 31 March, 5 May and 2 June 2017. The programme changes, but the recipe remains a great mix of art, music, art talks, film, drinks and street food.

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• Special displays, performative guided tours, personal art texts and audio guides. SMK² is a series of experiments where the SMK cooperates with artists, writers, students and other professions. Together, we engage and interact with the nation's largest collection of art in new ways in order to bringyou surprising and alternative art experiences.

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