18 March 2005-14 May 2006. An old concept of art display has been reintroduced in the spacious, new white-walled extension of the Statens Museum for Kunst. Visitors will be confronted with works of art hung in the same compact floor-to-ceiling arrangement that the museums first guests would have found in 1896 when the museum opened its doors for the first time. The aim of the Highlights exhibition is to draw attention to overlooked masterworks by presenting the most outstanding paintings from the museums collections alongside lesser known pieces, thus creating interesting new juxtapositions and interpretations. Arranged in chronological order, the exhibition takes the visitor on a walk through 700 years of western art history from the 14th century to the present day ranging from Mantegna, Cranach, Lippi, Lorenzetti and Rubens via Abildgaard, Eckersberg, Hammershi, Kryer and Willumsen to Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Mortensen, Nolde, Jorn, Weie and contemporary artists like Kirkeby and Baselitz.
A book which includes over 200 of the artworks, as well as the history of the museum, has been published to accompany the exhibition. Price Dkk199. Admission Dkk50 concessions Dkk35 Weds free. Tues-Sun 10.00-17.00 Weds 10.00-20.00
Photograph courtesy of SMK Foto