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Best Contemporary Art in Copenhagen

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Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The Charlottenborg Palace was constructed in 1672-83 in Dutch Baroque style for Ulrik Frederik Gyldenlve. Queen Dowager Charlotte Amalie bought the palace in 1700 and gave it its present name. The main building facing Kongens Nytorv was built in 1827 by C.F. Hansen, and contains the Fest and Antiksalen Halls. Charlottenborg is home to the Royal Danish Academy of Art, as well as a library with a sizable collection of literature on art. First and foremost, this is the place for new and established artists to have their exhibitions, and houses the contemporary art repository Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Charlottenborg is also famous for its spring show, Forårsudstilling, an open, censored exhibition of work in painting, crafts and architecture.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Den Frie Udstilling

The name Den Frie, literally translates to Free, and it aptly sums up the ethos of this gallery located on Oslo Plads 1. Den Frie Udstilling (The Free Exhibition), is an association of Danish artists that was established in 1891 challenging the restrictive exhibition policies of the Royal Danish Academy of Art. One of the first such groups in the country, it rose to prominence quickly in the art circles for breaking away from the norms and exploring new forms. Today, its eponymous gallery is a leading space showcasing leading and upcoming names in contemporary art. There are just eight exhibitions each year, with a focus on group shows.

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Arken Museum of Modern Art

Arken Museum of Modern Art, located in Ishøj, south of Copenhagen, houses a large museum for modern art. This building has a character of its own, given to it by architect Søren Robert Lund. The museum fits beautifully into the low-lying landscape of beach, lakes, lagoons, and dykes. From a distance, the building resembles a huge ship. The interior of the museum has been criticized for not being very suitable for exhibiting paintings. Arken Museum of Modern Art hosts exhibitions of work by world-famous modern artists, such as Dalí and Rauschenberg, as well as works by relatively unknown artists. It also contains a concert hall and a cinema.

Ishøj, Denmark
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