Statens Museum for Kunst
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Statens Museum for Kunst information
Denmark's National Gallery straddles two contrasting, inter-connected buildings: a late-19th-century 'palazzo' and a sharply minimalist extension. The museum houses medieval and Renaissance works, and impressive collections of Dutch and Flemish artists including Rubens, Breughel and Rembrandt. It claims the world's finest collection of 19th-century Danish 'Golden Age' artists, among them Eckersberg, Krøyer and Hammershøi, foreign greats like Matisse and Picasso, and modern Danish heavyweights including Per Kirkeby, Richard Mortensen and Asger Jørn. Among the contemporary stars are Danish/Norwegian duo Elmgreen and Dragset, and Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vo.
The museum also has an extensive collection of drawings, engravings and lithographs representing the works of such prominent artists as Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as a strikingly colourful geometric cafe created by designer Peter Lassen and artist Bjørn Nørgaard. Check the website for upcoming temporary exhibitions.