SMK holds a central position within art history research in Denmark and helps place Danish art within an international perspective.
As Denmark’s premier museum of art and as a research institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture the SMK has a special obligation to promote and carry out wide-ranging research on Danish and international art.
Research forms the foundation of many crucial parts of the museum’s day-to-day practice, and none of the museum’s core tasks can be properly carried out without research.
Based on the collections
The museum’s research is presented to the general public through activities such as exhibitions, publications, art acquisitions, and new displays of the permanent collections. Individual research projects differ greatly in nature and scope. For example, high priority is also given to areas within Danish art history that may not be high-profile, but are important nevertheless. All projects share one common trait: They are relevant to – and take their point of departure in – the museum’s collections.
The SMK is the only Danish art museum to fall under the scope of the Danish Act on research at archives, libraries, and museums.