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1819 composer Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne, France

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ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst

ARKEN’s Collection comprises almost 400 works of art. ARKEN collects Danish, Nordic and iternational art with special emphasis on contemporary art, i.e. works from 1990 onwards. There are two unifying principles in the Collection: one is art concerned with the existence of modern man, the other focuses on art that via new forms, materials and media explores the very definition of art.



7 April 2004 was the official opening of ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in the presence, among other dignitaries, of the museum’s Patron Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. 8 April the new 17,700 square metre building, situated in central Århus and costing DKK 306m opened its doors to the public. The event marked a new era in the museum’s almost 150-year history: the provincial art museum with high ambitions now emerged as a national museum with international ambitions. To highlight its new profile, Aarhus Kunstmuseum added ARoS to its name.

With thousands of square metres spanning ten levels the museum now has ample space to showcase its extensive collection of 1100 paintings, 400 sculptures and installations, 200 art videos and over 7,000 drawings, photos and graphics: a collection that ahead of the inauguration was enhanced by the addition of works by international artists such as Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Carsten Höller, Miwa Yanagi and James Turrell. In large measure, a donation of DKK 40m by New Carlsberg Foundation over a ten-year period enabled the purchase of these works.


Kunstforeningen GL STRAND

GL STRAND was founded in 1825, so it is the oldest gallery in Denmark. GL STRAND focuses on 5 to 6 yearly exhibitions that reflect our age by examining art historical themes
with a contemporary angle or that capture new trends in the Danish and international art scene. The goal is to be at the forefront of these trends as well as supporting young
Danish artists.

From July 6th and onwards, GL STRAND will be undergoing an extensive renovation, ensuring the future of the art gallery. The renovation will be continuing until late summer of 2010. This means that the building will be closed to the public. However, we are not closing down entirely and plan to arrange activities at other locations.




Kunstindustrimuseet - Danish Museum Of Art & Design

The Danish Museum of Art & Design is one of Scandinavia’s central exhibition forums for Danish and international industrial design, decorative and applied arts. The museum’s collections, library and archives constitute a central resource centre for the study of design and its history in Denmark. The Danish Museum of Art & Design brings together and documents the contemporary developments within industrial design, decorative and applied arts. We must add to this the collection of exemplary works from older “areas” and periods, which are closely related to contemporary oeuvres. The Danish Museum of Art & Design undertakes research into the history of art and design, taking as its point of departure the museum’s own collections, and presents the results in exhibitions, publications and educational material etc.


Nationalmuseet - The National Museum (The Prince's Palace)

The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history. The museum’s main domicile is a classical 18th century mansion just a stone’s throw from "Strøget" at the center of Copenhagen. The National Museum is the museum for all Denmark, where you can follow the history of the Danes right down to the present day. And you can get around the world from Greenland to South America.


Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Museum of ancient and modern art
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum of international stature in the centre of Copenhagen. More than 10,000 works of art The Glyptotek houses over 10.000 works of art divided up into two principal collections. One is of works from the Mediterranean cradle of Western culture, the other of Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries.


Statens Museum for Kunst (Danish National Gallery)

The Danish national gallery: Statens Museum for Kunst is the only place in Denmark which features 700 years of Western art and cultural history under one roof. The museum houses a large collection of Danish and international paintings, sculptures, drawings, and installations. The oldest works in the collection originally belonged to Danish royalty.
The collection includes works by the Italian renaissance painters Tizian and Mantegna, the 17th century masters Rubens and Rembrandt, 19th century painters of the Danish Golden Age such as Eckersberg and Købke, and 20th century artists such as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, and Emil Nolde as well as the Danish artists Asger Jorn and Per Kirkeby.


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