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What makes a visit to a museum unforgettable? Sometimes only one single painting, a sculpture that remains etched in our memory. Sometimes it’s no particular artist at the exhibition: it is the museum itself and the experience within its walls that become unique. In Northern Europe, this happens more frequently than elsewhere because the unforgiving climate makes indoor spaces a real meeting for locals to spend their spare time.
Families with children, young crowds, couples, senior citizens … museums are fantastic places to spend a few hours, by blending in among the crowd, having a relaxing time at the café or sunbathing in the garden. At the Louisiana Museum, Calder’s sculptures are swaying in the wind that blows from the Baltic Sea and visitors seem to be very familiar with the premises and enjoy its cosy atmosphere. At the newly opened Copenhagen Contemporary, inaugurated in Summer 2016, everybody is visiting for the very first time and moving around intrigued, searching for new works by emerging artists. At the Ordrupgaard, visitors stop outside, like in front of a painting, to observe the architecture of Zaha Hadid.
Museums are normally closed on Mondays.
Located by the white beaches overlooking the Baltic Sea, 40 kilometres from Copenhagen, this is perhaps the most popular museum in the country for contemporary art. The glass windows separate the exhibition from the surrounding nature – the large meadow speckled with Calder’s sculptures and the landscaped sculpture garden. In addition to the permanent collection, about a dozen exhibitions a year, screenings, concerts and meetings are organised here. On the ground floor, overlooking the meadow and sea, there is a lovely café.
On the way back, you can visit the Karen Blixen Museum (the author of Out of Africa), and admire the colonial style villas overlooking the beach.
The latest addition to the city’s museums opened in 2016 at The Paper Island, in the heart of the city, in a series of industrial warehouses in the old harbour. The CC, as it is called, is the new home of all lovers of contemporary art exhibitions, installations and visual arts. To celebrate its opening, throughout the year it will host exhibitions of emerging artists, street food and open-to-the-public shows.
In addition to a design shop, the building includes a huge wine bar, La Halle Bar à Vin, which in the summer moves to the pier.
Resembling a giant ship with a white sail crossing the sky of the southern suburb of the city, the ARKEN is the project of architect Søren Robert Lund. Initially opened in 1996, then renovated and reopened in 2008, it hosts a permanent collection featuring Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons and other Scandinavian artists. During the year, it hosts exhibitions of internationally renowned names, shows, and movies. And of course, you’ll also find a café overlooking the sand dunes of the Baltic Sea.
There is a single ticket (train + museum admission) that can be purchased directly at the train station.
New and old come together in this museum which includes a 1918 villa and a new wing made of dark grey, iridescent concrete and sinuous shapes designed by Zaha Hadid. A paradise for 19th and 20th century art lovers: here you can find Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse and a collection of several Danish artists.
In the new wing, large glass windows separate the café from the green outdoors, while in the summer, you can take a stroll outside into the Art Parc to find its many surprises.