Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Culture, Denmark, Expat life

Stadens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen

If walking around for a good few hours admiring European art sounds like your idea of a good time, SMK may just be the place for you. It’s not necessarily my favourite museum, or the most impressive collection I’ve seen – but the way this place was designed to be experienced has something of a Danish vibe to it. Maybe something like hygge. So as a leisurely indoor activity this place does not disappoint.

I personally like to check out the major museums in cities I visit, so of course SMK (The National Gallery of Denmark) was on my list. I think the museum shop and cafe are themselves worthy of a visit – I like how good Denmark is at making their cultural spaces attractive and places that are pleasant to really hang out in! The glassy modern extension in the museum building that houses the sculpture gallery is lovely too – you’ll see below where the newer architectural style meets the old. As usual, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj (Part 2)

If you missed the first post I made on ARKEN, make sure you check that out alongside this one 🙂 In this post I’ll share with you some snaps of ARKEN’s outdoor sculpture park/garden! It was a beautiful walk on a sunny day.

Oh, and the cafe in ARKEN overlooking the sculpture park was pretty cool as well, I’ve included photos of the place towards the bottom of this entry. I felt like I stepped into an architecture and design magazine (I feel that way quite often in Denmark actually…)!

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ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj (Part 1)

I mentioned in my previous post that I will be doing Sunday museum posts from now on (until I run out of museums to post about, I guess…) and I think many of you will find this one interesting!

ARKEN is a museum for contemporary art in Ishøj, a short 30 minute train ride from Copenhagen Central Station. You’re greeted with a ceiling of jellyfish cut-outs as you walk through the funky museum shop (appropriate since the building is right next to a beach), as you will see below. I noticed lots of families and their kids wandering about the museum, which made sense because the exhibit was about animals in art – and there were plenty of colourful and eye-catching works to keep the little ones entertained.

It’s definitely a nice half-day trip from Copenhagen which you could stretch out into a full day if you visit the beach afterwards. I’ll show you more of the outdoors around the venue in Part 2, next Sunday, but for now, enjoy the exhibit 🙂 As usual, I have indicated the artist responsible for the work below each photo where possible.

Paola Pivi, We are the Alaskan tourists (1/2)
Paola Pivi, We are the Alaskan tourists (2/2)
Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer #44 (1/2)
Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Deer #44 (2/2)
David Shrigley, I’m dead
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, A thief caught in the act (Pink owl)
Patricia Piccinini, The Struggle
Anselm Ryle
Anselm Ryle
Damien Hirst, Love’s Paradox (Surrender or Autonomy, Separateness as a Precondition for Connection)
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Douglas Gordon, Play dead; Real time
Elmgreen & Dragset, L’Etranger
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Copenhagen Contemporary

Remember that cool food market – Reffen – that I posted about? Just around the corner from Reffen is a contemporary art gallery – Copenhagen Contemporary. The gallery is housed in a really cool warehouse setting. I just loved the open space and high ceilings. I got absolutely soaked head to toe with rain this day, and trailed around the gallery carrying a good five pounds of rain-soaked clothes, but it was still awesome to explore a new place.

‘Do not touch the worms’ by David Shrigley.
‘Arno’ by Jenny Holzer.
‘Thank god for immigrants’ by Jeremy Deller.
‘Botanical Drift’ by Ebbe Stub Wittrup.
I believe these illustrations are also David Shrigley’s work.
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