Thanks for joining us for this discussion about art in Copenhagen. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will be covered in detail throughout the post.
We know your time is important so we will try to keep this intro short and sweet. Starting right off with the best Copenhagen Art Galleries and Museums where you will find many of the best exhibitions in Denmark seems like the most natural way to do this.
However they are only a small piece of this puzzle as there are many other topics we must get into like the best art stores in the city when you need to pick up new materials or supplies. And we better not forget the best monthly or annual shows and events either.
Going on an art walking tour or taking a casual stroll around the right areas of town to see some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you is a great plan on a sunny day. There are also many group classes or private lessons available at Copenhagen art schools if you want to improve your skills.
We will also mention where to rent art studio space, in addition to discussing dealers, appraisers, and framing services. 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. Even better, children 15 and under are always free to enter after 5pm and on Wednesdays everyone gets in free after 5.
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. Their exhibitions are always changing throughout the year, and some of their private tours include a tour of the Nikolaj Tower where you can get a great view of the city.
They also put on various lectures, concerts, and performances throughout the year. The largest art museum near you is the National Gallery of Denmark which has over 250,000 unique works in their collection.
Nearly 400,000 people visit every year, and some of their works get loaned out to other museums, churches, and state-operated institutions in your area. The projects you will see at The Cisterns are site specific and you will not find them replicated anywhere else in the world.
They provide a unique exhibition space for underground contemporary artists, and they put 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 gives free tours on Tuesdays.
Some of their more popular exhibits include an Egyptian tomb with real mummies, The Water Mother, plus they have a great collection of sculptures.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These great art stores near you 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. There will be 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. 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 generally 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. 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.
This great event often gets over 20,000 visitors to check out 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 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 like original paintings, drawings, and prints at Beauton Art. They are also known to provide commissions of wall painting, 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. 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.
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 the area in addition to seeing great street art, castles, and unique buildings.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice 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. 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 is actually located pretty close to The Polar Bear with Cubs near the harbor.
Edvard Eriksen sculpted it back in the early 1900’s. Henry Luckow-Nielsen created 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.
Jean Arp created it 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, supply shop, in addition to hosting all kinds of drawing and painting classes for all ages day and night. Their instructors can teach you about oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting.
The oldest drawing and design school in Denmark is Akademiets Skoler. They have full time courses that last from 4 to 9 months, plus they have 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. Their day and evening classes 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 near you.
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. 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.
Those who are still reading this probably love art as much as we do. If so go ahead and use the comments to share your own tips or to let us know if you noticed any mistakes.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Copenhagen Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.