Anyone that wants to learn about art in Copenhagen has definitely found the right website and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Copenhagen art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
You can also check out some of our other posts on European cities if you are interested.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Copenhagen
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Copenhagen you can head to:
- Museum Of Copenhagen at Stormgade 18
- Kunsthal Charlottenborg at Kongens Nytorv 1
- Nikolaj Kunsthal at Nikolaj Plads 10
- National Museum of Denmark at Ny Vestergade 10
- National Gallery Of Denmark at Sølvgade 48-50
- The Cisterns at Søndermarken
- Glyptoteket at Dantes Plads 7
- Copenhagen Contemporary at Refshalevej 173A
- Den Frie Centre Of Contemporary Art at Oslo Plads 1
- Kunstforeningen GL STRAND at Gl Strand 48
- Den Hirschsprung Collection at Stockholmsgade 20
- Thorvaldsens Museum at 2 Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads
Many would tell you that you can find some of the best exhibitions of contemporary art in Northern Europe at Kunsthal Charlottenborg where children 15 and under are always free to enter after 5pm and on Wednesdays everyone gets in free after 5pm. They keep regular open hours of noon to 8pm Tuesday through Friday and from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday and you can also watch any of the film screenings at their Art Cinema when you have bought a ticket to the gallery. Throughout the year they also have all kinds of educational programs like lectures, tours, film screenings, and more.
At Nikolaj Kunsthal you will find all kinds of great local Danish and international contemporary art from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Their exhibitions are always changing throughout the year and they offer great private tours including one of the Nikolaj Tower where you can get a great view of the city plus there are various lectures, concerts, and performances throughout the year.
The largest art museum near you is the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen which has over 250,000 unique works in their collection that nearly 400,000 people check out every year and some of their works get loaned out to other museums, churches, and state-operated institutions. Head over to see what they have to offer from 10am to 6pm most days and stay but they are closed all day Monday and stay open until 8pm on Wednesday.
The projects you will see at The Cisterns are site specific and you will not find them replicated anywhere else in the world. They are open from 11am to 6pm most days but stay open until 8pm on Thursday and are closed on Monday providing a unique exhibition space for underground contemporary artists in your area while putting on a few educational programs including popular painting workshops.
There are more than 10,000 archaeological items and pieces of art at The Glyptoteket who is open from 10am to 5pm throughout the week except Monday when they are closed and Thursday when they stay open until 9pm. Free tours are available on Tuesdays and some of their more popular exhibits include an Egyptian tomb with real mummies, The Water Mother, and they have a great collection of sculptures.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These great art stores in your area should have all of the materials and supplies you desire:
- City KunstnerArtikler at Amagertorv 9
- Viking 1914 at Store Kongensgade 27
- Stelling Papir & Penne at Store Kirkestræde 1
- Københavns Kunstnerartikler at Ryesgade 58
- Undergrunden at Kattesundet 12
Not only can you get all kinds of supplies and materials for painting, drawing, and framing at Stelling Papir & Penne but they also have a membership club and put on various workshops in their store.
Viking 1914 has been selling art supplies near you for over a hundred years and can make customizable items with your logo or name on them.
Undergrunden is where to go for graffiti and street art supplies like spray paint, markers, or clothing designed by local graffiti painters.
Shows & Events
Some of the best art shows and events held in Denmark are:
- Copenhagen Art Week
- Copenhagen Circus Arts Festival in March
- Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in mid-March to early April
- Art Nordic in April
- Meeting of Styles in July
- Enter Art Fair
- Chart Art Fair
Every year Copenhagen Art Week takes place downtown at various galleries, museums, and kunsthalles in your area where you will find art performances, films, guided tours, lectures, and lots of parties to attend.
Another very fun time can be found at the Circus Arts Festival that is generally held in March at Pakhus 11. There will be also kinds of circus art exhibitions as well as workshops and lectures led by local Danish artists.
The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition has been held annually since the mid 1800’s and currently it goes down at the Charlottenborg Exhibition Building sometime between mid-March and early April.
The biggest sales and art exhibition in Scandinavia is Art Nordic which usually takes place in March at Lokomotivværkstedet. There will be all kinds of art in all kinds of media from hundreds of international artists that you can buy or enjoy.
Meeting of Styles might just be the biggest graffiti and street art festival you can find anywhere on the planet as over 2,000 international artists gather for the dozens of events that take place throughout the festival each July at Axel Torv.
Expect to find more than 60 galleries and over 200 international artists at the Enter Art Fair that takes place in Refshaleoen each August.
Also in August you can head to Kunsthal Charlottenborg for the Chart Art Fair which is a great event that often gets over 20,000 visitors who want to see the lectures, concerts, film screenings, performances, and all kinds of cool stuff on display.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you need help with buying, selling, or valuing a piece contact these local art dealers and appraisers:
- Beauton Art at Gothersgade 160
- James Bauerle at Bredgade 27
- Galleri Nicolai Wallner at Glentevej 47-49
Expect to find a great selection of contemporary fine art including original paintings, drawings, and prints at Beauton Art who is also known to provide commissions of wall paintings, murals, street art, new media, and interactive pieces plus they can help with installations.
At James Bauerle there will be some great art from the 18th to the 20th century for sale as their specialty lies in finding Classic Modernism as well as Danish Golden Age paintings. They even provide works for museums, foundations, dealers, and private collectors in your area.
On a sunny day try out one of these walking tours:
Unfortunately none of these are full on art walks per se but they will show you some of the coolest sites in the city which will include great public art.
For instance the City Walk tour starts at Højbro Plads right next to the statue of Bishop Absalon on horseback and the walking tour turns into a canal tour at the end.
A Spasso con Elena which translates to Strolling with Elena is a tour that is much more focused on art, design, and architecture. You will stop by some of the best museums in Copenhagen in addition to seeing great street art, castles, and unique buildings.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice local sculptures and statues around town like:
- Polar Bear With Cubs at Langeliniekaj 5
- The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid at Langelinie Allé 17
- The Little Mermaid at Langelinie
- Statue of Andersen at Rådhuspladsen
- Carl Nielsen Statue at Store Kongensgade 151
- Bowl of Fruit at Fiolstræde 2
Holger Wederkinch created The Polar Bear with Cubs statue back in 1929 and today you can find it pretty close to the day cruise ship port by the harbor.
Danish professor Bjørn Nørgaard sculpted The Genetically Modified Paradise around the turn of the last century.
The Little Mermaid was created by Edvard Eriksen back in the early 1900’s and it is located pretty close to The Polar Bear with Cubs near the harbor.
Henry Luckow-Nielsen sculpted the Statue of Anderson in the early 1960’s which you can find at City Hall Square today.
The Carl Nielsen Statue was actually created by his wife Anne Marie over 80 years ago and some call this statue The Genius of Music.
Another with two names is The Bowl of Fruit which some may know as Schalfrucht that was created by Jean Arp in the late 70’s and you can find it behind The Church of Our Lady.
Copenhagen Art Classes
At the best Copenhagen art schools you can usually take private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, and adults:
- Art Escape Studios at Blegdamsvej 6
- Københavns Kunstskole at Nørre Søgade 43
- Akademiets Skoler at Stockholmsgade 33
- Yōnobi Pottery Classes at Ny Kongensgade 11
- Statens Værksteder for Kunst at Strandgade 27 b
Art Escape Studios is kind of an all-around place because they have a gallery, studio, and supply shop in addition to hosting all kinds of drawing and painting classes for all ages day and night with instructors that excel at oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting.
The oldest drawing and design school in Denmark is Akademiets Skoler who has full time courses that last from 4 to 9 months along with less intensive classes and summer camps.
Anyone that wants to step up their clay game will want to check out the classes at Yonobi Pottery who offers day and evening classes that are generally held once a week for six weeks. On the weekends they have special wheel throwing classes and their instructors teach in the summers as well.
Studios For Rent Near You
If you want to try and rent art studio space contact:
As the name suggests Art Escape Studios from our prior list is another place you can try to rent studio space in your area.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Copenhagen are:
- Nørrebros Indramning at Blågårdsgade 13
- Kjærulff Rammer at Oliebladsgade 5
- Herlev Rammecenter at Herlev Torv 23
- Framing People at Jægersborggade 47
- Rammeværkstedet at Haderslevgade 3
At Nørrebros Indramning you will find a huge selection of frames including passepartout, floating, gold, and silver frames. They can do replacement of blind frames, aquarium frames, wooden frames and most others.
Whether you are an individual, an institution, or a corporation Kjærulff Rammer can help you with framing paintings, lithographs, and posters in Copenhagen.
There will be a huge selection of wooden and aluminum frames for paintings, lithographs, photos, embroideries and more available at Herlev Rammecenter.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- The Best Museums & Galleries in Stockholm
- The Best Museums & Galleries in Oslo
- The Best Museums & Galleries in Reykjavik
- The Best Museums & Galleries in Berlin
Have Fun Enjoying The Copenhagen Art Scene
For the time being that is all we have to share about the full Denmark art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
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