Summer Art Guide | Denmark

The holiday season is here, which means time to dive into new (artistic) landscapes and creative minds alike. Explore a selection of the exhibitions on offer at museums in Denmark. From the northern tip of Jutland to H.C. Andersen’s home town and this year’s European Capital of Culture, the Danish art scene vibrates with inspiring shows throughout the summer.

Skagens Museum

Björck & Rantzau
Together we get somewhere 
02.06.2017 – 29.12.2017

In autumn 2013, artist Jacob Rantzau (b. 1973) was granted a special residency in Krøyer’s studio in the gardens of Skagens Museum. This extraordinary permission was granted as he worked on two larger paintings entitled Together we get somewhere. The two pieces were inspired by the Swedish Skagen painter Oscar Björck’s painting Launching the boat. Skagen from 1884, which is in the collection of the Art Museums of Skagen and hangs in Skagens Museum.

Brøndumsvej 4
9990 Skagen
Tel. +45 9844 6444
[email protected]
Daily 10 AM – 5 PM, Wednesdays 10 AM – 9 PM

Jakob Rantzau, 2017, Skagens Museum.
Björck & Rantzau, Together we get somewhere, Art Museums of Skagen.

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

The ARoS Triennial 2017
In 2017, ARoS presents the first triennial entitled THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times. The exhibition will extend over two entire galleries at the museum as well as carefully selected locations in the urban landscape, and a coastal stretch along the bay bordered by woodland just south of the city. This will create an art zone spanning more than four kilometres.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 – Sunday, September 10, 2017
The exhibition The Past at ARoS examines the landscape and man’s relationship with nature seen from an artistic and ideological perspective.

Saturday, June 03, 2017 – Sunday, July 30, 2017
The Future along the coatline of Aarhus explores the artistic reaction to environmental changes.

Saturday, June 03, 2017 – Sunday, July 30, 2017
The Present takes place in various various urban locations and looks at nature in a modern urban context.

Aros Allé 2
8000 Aarhus
Daily 10 AM – 5 PM, Wednesdays 10 AM – 10 PM, Monday Closed


Alicja Kwade, Be-Hide, 2017, ARoS The Triennial. Photo credit Anders Sune Berg.
Doug Aitken, The Garden, 2017, ARoS The Triennial. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

17.6.2017 – 22.10.2017

Few artists in the world today evoke such strong emotions and reactions as the pioneer of body and performance art Marina Abramović. This summer Louisiana presents the first major retrospective presentation of Abramović’s work in Europe.

20.5.2017 – 10.9.2017

Danish Tal R is one of the most striking artists of his generation with a strong and growing international reputation. Since the 1990s he has exhibited all around the world, particularly in Europe, and his art is represented in many major collections. During the past decade Louisiana has established a distinctive collection of works – especially paintings – by Tal R (b. 1967). It is therefore natural to round off the Louisiana trilogy of contemporary artists with painting as their central practice: Peter Doig in 2015, Daniel Richter in 2016 and now Tal R.

Gammel Strandvej 13
3050 Humlebæk
+45 49190719
[email protected]
Daily Tuesday – Friday 11 AM – 22 PM, Saturday – Sunday 11 AM – 18 PM, Monday closed

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ - The Cleaner. 17.06 - 22.10. 2017. Marina Abramović, The Hero. 2001 © Marina Abramović Photo: © Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives.
Academy of TAL R. 20.05 - 10.09 2017. Tal R, The Bend, 2016, Pigment og harelim på lærred,172 x 140 cm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk Donation: Ny Carlsbergfondet.

Kunsthal 44 Møn

Bjørn Nørgaard / Henning Christiansen
De to huse / The Two Houses

De to huse
Bjørn Nørgaard reflects in the exhibition De to Huse’ / ‘The two Houses over the collaborations with his now deceased colleague, Henning Christiansen (1932-2008). The exhibition moves through their lifelong performance practice through sound as material, forming the tones and forms for performing their actions. The exhibition shows 4 elements: Video from an action in Kassel: Gute Heute, Leute, 2006, La Maison Imaginiare (plasterhouse), Beuys Pit 75 Valhalla (klaver), and Arkitektura Natura (wall of land).

Fanefjordgade 44
4792 Askeby
+45 2392 7119
[email protected]
Daily Wednesday – Sunday 11 AM – 17 PM

Bjørn Nørgaard

Arken – Museum of Modern Art

3 June – 17 September, 2017

The wings of a daddy longlegs spread across the outer wall of ARKEN. A 400-million-year-old, crab-like creature moves into the lagoon. Nature comes to the fore in new ways at ARKEN’s outdoor summer exhibition NATURE (RE)TURNS. ARKEN has invited the artists Nanna Debois Buhl (b. 1975) and Tue Greenfort (b. 1973) to join the conversation with a series of site-specific artworks based on the landscape surrounding the museum.

Skovvej 100
2635 Ishøj
Tel: +45 43 54 02 22
Daily Tuesday-Sunday: 10 AM -17 PM, Wednesday: 10AM -21PM, Monday closed

NATUR:RETUR, ARKEN, Tue Greenfort, Limulus Polyphemus – A Living Fossil, 2017. Photo: Torben Petersen.
NATUR:RETUR, ARKEN, Nanna Debois Buhl, stjernernes stenenes mellemrum og former, 2017. Photo: Torben Petersen.

Holstebro Kunstmuseum

June 17 – September 24, 2017

Marie Lund (b. 1976) is one of Danish contemporary art’s most talented sculptors. Now she is presented for the first time with a solo exhibition at a Danish art museum.

Museumsvej 2A
7500 Holstebro
+ 45 9742 4518
[email protected]
Daily 11 AM -17 PM, Monday closed

Marie Lund, Legumes, Holstebro Museum.


Vilhelm Lundstrøm: The Epitome of Good Taste
7.4.2017 27.8.2017

Vilhelm Lundstrøm (1893-1950) is one of the most famous and beloved Danish painters of the 20th century. He began by shaking up bourgeois taste with his expressive, flamboyant style. Later, Lundstrøm captured the modern spirit with his simple still lifes of jugs and fruit, and female models on blue backgrounds. Designers such as Poul Henningsen and Finn Juhl were inspired by Lundstrøm. They all dreamed of a better world through simple lines and functional forms. The exhibition tells a story of Lundstrøm and Danish design. At the exhibition, we recreate a number of historic interiors with furniture and paintings that are modern icons today. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with Kunsten – Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg.

Brandts Torv 1
5000 Odense C
[email protected]
+45 65 30 70 00
Daily Tuesday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday: 12 PM – 9 PM, Monday closed

Vilhelm Lundstrøm. Opstilling med kander. 1930-32. Brandts Museum for kunst & visuel kultur.

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