Permanent exhibition with works from SMK’s collection

Vilhelm Lundstrøm, 'Opstilling med hvid kande, appelsin og bog' 1932-1933. Photo: SMK Photo
Vilhelm Lundstrøm, ‘Opstilling med hvid kande, appelsin og bog’ 1932-1933. Photo: SMK Photo

Danish and International Art after 1900
Modern art from the 20th century and the very latest contemporary art now fills the exhibition rooms of SMK’s white building, offering a wide-ranging display of the main movements within Danish art. The exhibition includes rooms focusing on major individual figures, on collective movements, and on important works and trends from the international art scene of the period.

Danish and Nordic Art 1750-1900
Let yourself be taken back to the birth of Danish art and the upheavel of the 1800’s in the realistic Golden Age and the Modern Breakthrough.

Through 400 paintings spread out in 24 rooms the most significant collection of Danish art expands itself in a parade of Danish champions like Nicolai Abildgaard, C.W. Eckersberg, Jens Juel, L.A. Ring, P.S. Krøyer, Christen Købke and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

SMK unfolds the broad strokes in Danish and Nordic art through 150 years and offers up a historic overview, topical themes and focus on artists of particular significance.

European Art 1300-1800
Andrea Mantegna, Tiziano Vecellio, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn. Explore some of art history’s absolute masters from the middle ages to the Enlightenment.

The exhibition provides an overview of 500 years worth of art and invites you to delve into art and tales of Europe. Geographically the exhibition spreads out all over the continent with highlights from Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, Spanish and German art.

The exhibition offers up painting, miniatures, sculptures, drawings and graphical works from the museums collection of older European art. The collection is the eldest in Denmark and has it’s roots in the private collections of the country’s kings.

French Art 1900-1930
In the summer of 1905 Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and André Derain among others threw themselves into pictorial experiments with ferocious colours and innovative shapes. This became the start of a breathless and revolutionary period in art history.

In this exhibition SMK displays a selection of highlights from the museum’s collection of French art from 1900-1930.

In the exhibition you can see very different works by the same artists. Many of the artists in the exhibition tried out different expressions and techniques. Common to the very diverse works is that they attracted vast attention in their time for their striking contributions to how modern art ought to be. The critique rained down on them and some of the artists were accused of daubing. In the exhibition you can experience works such as Matisse’s papercut Zulma, which is very rarely exhibited.

SMK has a unique collection of French art with works by Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Modigliani and Derain. This sensational collection is largely the product of engineer and art collector Johannes Rump. During the 1910’s and in the beginning of the 1920’s he gathered one of the finest collections of works by Matisse. A collection he generously donated to the museum in 1928.


SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst

Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 København K

Art Week 2022 programme for SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst

Tues-sun 10-18
wed 10-20
Admission fee

Permanent exhibition with works from SMK’s collection


'Permanent exhibition with works from SMK's collection'