Statens Museum for Kunst

Statens Museum for Kunst ( German State Art Museum ) is the Danish national gallery and the main Museum of Fine Arts in Denmark and is located in the center of the capital Copenhagen. It is under the Danish Ministry of Culture.


The by architect Vilhelm Dahlerup (1836-1907) designed museum opened in 1897. In 1998 the main building was extended by an annex of architect Anna Maria Indrio (* 1943).


In addition to changing temporary exhibitions, there is also an extensive collection, which consists of three main collections:

  • The Royal Painting and Sculpture Collection, which includes about 2600 works from 1300 to today. Among the most important works include paintings by Titian and Mantegna, Rubens and Rembrandt, Cornelis Gijsbrechts, Eckerberg and Christians Købke as well as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, and Robert Smithson. But modern contemporary works by the Danes Asger Jorn and Per Kirkeby and Elmgreen and Dragset are included.
  • The Royal print collection includes 300,000 works ( drawings, lithographs, etchings and other art forms on paper) by Danish and international artists.
  • The Royal Cast Collection includes 4000 years history of sculpture in plaster casts.