Statens Museum for Kunst
Anna Maria Indrio 1998
The Statens Museum for Kunst,
the Danish national gallery, houses a large collection of Danish and
international paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations, including
works by the Italian renaissance painters like Titian, the 17th century
European masters like Rubens and Rembrandt, and 20th century artists such
as Henri Matisse and Edward Munch, as well as Danish artists. The museum's
increasing demands for space in its brick neoclassical home led it to roof
over two internal courtyards and then to commission this addition at the
rear of the building.
The addition is transparent
along the cardinal axes, which allows for panoramic views across the
atrium and vertical windows on the upper floor galleries. Besides
providing ample natural light into the space, these windows orient the
visitor to the park that surrounds the museum on three sides.
Indrio's design for the addition
is a sleekly modern box of plaster, white marble, glass, and steel.
Galleries in the addition are connected to galleries in the original
museum via slender cable bridges across an airy atrium, or 'sculpture
street.' From the atrium, the ornate brick facade of the older building is
displayed as a work of art in its own right.
The Statens Museum for Kunst is
located to the north of the city's Botanical Gardens at 48-50 Sølvgade. The
nearest S-train stop is at Nørreport station.
The museum is open
Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until
8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission charge is 50 kroner (half price if you're
under 25 or retired), but free on Wednesdays. For more information try the
museum's web site at www.smk.dk.
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