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03 Sep 2010

National Gallery of Denmark

The National Gallery of Denmark is Denmark’s premier museum of art, through: accessibility, education, and exhibition; conservation; research of Danish and foreign art, primarily art from Western culture dating from the 14th century onwards.

The collections at the National Gallery of Denmark comprise three main collections: The Royal Collection of Painting and Sculpture, The Royal Collection of Graphic Art, and The Royal Collection of  Plaster Casts. As the names suggest, these collections have their roots in the art collections of Danish monarchs; they are believed to date back to King Christian II and the mid-16th century.

The collections constitute the core of the Gallery; these are the works owned by the Gallery, which makes them the point of departure for all the work conducted here. We use the plural – “collections” – because the works fall within one of three main collections.

The Collection of Sculpture and Painting comprises approximately 10,500 paintings and sculptures, while the Collection of Graphic Art houses more than 245,000 works of art on paper. In addition to this, approximately 2,500 plaster casts are housed at the Royal Cast Collection at Toldbodgade 40.

In the Conservation Department of the National Gallery of Denmark conservators are working with the preservation of the collection consisting of paintings on wood and canvas, works of art on paper, photograhic material, sculpture and contemporary art.

On the website one can also consult Art Stories. Art Stories is an online universe about art history built up around the access points: Artworks, Stories, Artists and Trails. Among other features, you can zoom in and out of the works, find hotspots, read stories criss-crossing through art history, look beneath the surface by means of X-ray and watch portrait viedos about artists’ life and work.

The Gallery undergoes arts-historical research. Two of the topics are communication and presentation of art-works and digital media. All research at the National Gallery of Denmark must have the collections as its starting point or be connected with the works or activities of the museum. Research within Danish art should take into account the degree to which individual projects may show Danish art in an international perspective and focus on less obvious, but important aspects of Danish art history.

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