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Copenhagen Museums and Galleries

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Designmuseum Danmark
Bredgade 68, Indre By
This museum operates like a living Danish design catalog—all of Denmark's design history and ongoing evolution is recorded in the museum's archives and displayed through dozens of exhibits. Open to the public since 1895, the museum's mission is to bring an awareness to, and appreciation of quality, the element so inherent to Danish functional design—pieces built to last. The 20th Century Design and Industrial Craft exhibit is super informative and a great launchpad for people unfamiliar with the subject. If you've seen your fill of furniture, there are also several fashion exhibits.
Finn Juhl’s House
Kratvænget 15, Northern Suburbs
Post World War II, the notion that good quality, aesthetically pleasing design could improve the daily life of Danes emerged—meaning that something totally utilitarian, like a chair or table, should also be beautiful. Architect and designer Finn Juhl, aside from being one of the founders of this new era of modern Danish design, built and furnished his own home in the spirit of this new movement's principles. Basically untouched since Juhl's death in 1989, his home acts as the perfect exhibition space for his work. The house is an early example of open-plan, with white walls and large windows drawing attention to the functional yet incredibly sculptural furniture. There is no design piece in this house that doesn't serve a purpose, so the space is simple and devoid of clutter. You'll see some of Juhl's most famous pieces like the Egyptian chairs (1949) and Poet sofa (1942) in their natural environment—the minimalist Danish home. This is on the ground's of the Ordrupgaard museum.
Galleri Nicolai Wallner
Glentevej 47-49, Nørrebro
Galleri Nicolai Wallner, the biggest contemporary art space in Copenhagen, has recently moved from their old Carlsberg brewery location to a brand new studio. With several different forms of artistic media represented, the idea behind this gallery is to commit to exploring the same generation of artists long-term. For the repeat visitor this is a pretty interesting visual experience as you can chart the artist's evolution and development over time, but, even for one-time visitors, the industrial-style location and volume of artists showing make it well worth a visit.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13, Humlebæk
Called "Louisiana" as an ode to the original builder of the site, who had three wives—all called Louise—this waterside complex is one of the most unique places to appreciate modern art and sculpture in the world. The collection is hard to beat—two floors of Giacometti, works by Lichtenstein and Warhol, and the cosmic Yayoi Kusama installation (on loan to The Broad LA until January)—though the most moving experience is to be had outside in the Sculpture Park. Set against the shore of the Øresund Sound (the sea dividing Denmark from Sweden), dotted among the trees, you'll find the most incredible collection of over sixty sculptures, including works by Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, and Henry Moore. To see these literally larger-than-life sculptures in the outdoor setting most sculpture is made for, is truly spectacular.
Ordrupgaard Museum
Vilvordevej 110, Northern Suburbs
Home to an impressive collection of Golden Age Danish and French Impressionist art (including works by Renoir, Monet, and Manet), Ordrupgaard Museum's most interesting design addition is the late Zaha Hadid's extension completed in 2005. Hadid's building is intended to be a continuation of the landscape with no real defined form. As you walk through the galleries inside, the ceilings rise and fall with the terrain and there are constant splashes of greenery courtesy of the many windows. The exterior is a mix of black lava concrete and glass that reflects the changing colors of the landscape, the concrete roof in particular can look almost multi-textural when clouds pass overhead. Finn Juhl's house is also on-site. The museum will be closing in December for renovation.
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