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Art and design in Copenhagen

Art and design in Copenhagen

A culture rich in design!

Scandinavia is famous for its rich design culture, so it's no surprise that Copenhagen is one of Europe's leading cities for lovers of art and design. The city's museums treat design and fine art with equal importance and the city's shops cater to lovers of modern design.

The Danish Museum of Art and Design

The most prominent design collection in Copenhagen is the Danish Museum of Art and Design (Designmuseum Danmark), centrally located at Bredgade 68. For over 100 years, this museum has housed collections of furniture, glass, textiles and other crafts from Denmark and around the world. Another can't-miss stop for lovers of modern design is the Danish Design Centre, located right in the heart of the city opposite the Tivoli Gardens. This museum displays a permanent exhibition of classic design, as well as changing special exhibits.

Fine art is equally well represented in Copenhagen. The leading art museum is the Statens Museum for Kunst, also known as Statens Museum or National Gallery. The museum’s collections originated with the art collection of the Danish royal family. In addition to works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse and other artists from around the world, it has a matchless collection of 19th-century Danish art. Fans of unusual architecture will love the "street of sculptures," the unusual glass-covered space that connects the 19th-century Renaissance revival building with its modern 20th-century extension. The two buildings perfectly represent the contrast and fusion of old and new that exists within Denmark's art world.

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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Smaller but no less impressive is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, founded in 1888 by Danish brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen. This museum also houses great examples of paintings from Denmark's 19th-century "Golden Age," but also has a collection of ancient art from Greece and Rome, as well as modern French works.

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