Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor, 1901.
SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst) is the national gallery of Denmark and the nation’s largest museum of art. Here you can explore more than 700 years of Danish and International art from the early Renaissance to present-day contemporary art.
SMK is located in the heart of Copenhagen near Rosenborg Castle – just a five-minute walk from Nørreport Station.
SMK is a treasure trove of masterpieces by some of the greatest artists in history. The art collection has its roots in the private collections of Danish kings, but is now the property of the Danish nation and, hence, of all Danish people. The collection of Danish and Nordic art is unparalleled, and the distinguished collection of French art is also world-famous – with good reason.
The collection comprises four separate displays:
Danish and Nordic Art 1750–1900
Explore Danish and Nordic culture during a period that includes the Golden Age of Danish art. Highlights include leading Nordic masters such as Vilhelm Hammershøi, C.W. Eckersberg and L.A. Ring.
French Art 1900–1930
The fact that a Danish art museum boasts such an exceptional collection of French art is truly remarkable. Here you will find works by the pre-eminent artists of the period such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and André Derain, who all offered up new ideas on what art can be.
Danish and International Art after 1900
Explore art from the early twentieth century to the present day – a period of rapid change and overwhelming variety. The display outlines recent art history right from the Expressionist and Surrealist movements onward to the latest contemporary art as represented by artists such Per Kirkeby, Danh Vo and Ursula Reuter Christiansen.
European Art 1300–1800
The SMK collection of older European art dates all the way back to the private collections of Danish monarchs. Here you will find works by some of the leading figures of art history from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Particular highlights include heavyweights such as Andrea Mantegna, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Rembrandt van Rijn.
Activities and events
SMK is a vibrant house, offering a wide range of activities that includes guided tours, social after-hours events and workshops.
Families can visit the Children’s Workshop and get creative with paints, brushes and glue guns. You can also follow in the footsteps of the great masters in the museum’s drawing studio.
Café and Shop
The museum eatery, Kafeteria, sets new standards for museum food experiences. Focusing on seasonal, organic produce, Kafeteria also runs its own bakery and offers a selection of freshly baked cakes.
SMK Shop is the museum bookshop. Here you will find beautiful books on art, unique design objects and creative toys.
The Café and Shop are open throughout the museum’s standard opening hours. Both can be accessed without paying museum admission fees.
Splendid architecture and green parklands
You will find SMK set inside a spectacular building that combines architecture from two different centuries. The museum is set right where three Copenhagen parks intersect. The modernist wing commands lovely views of the parks outside, allowing you to see nature interacting with art.