Northern Europe’s Largest Repository of Art: New Carlsberg Glyptotek

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When the Danes some years ago toasted the impressive renovation and new extension of their most important museum, we could only hope they did so with beer, since the New Carlsberg Glyptotek was founded by the world-famous Carlsberg Brewery.

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Bequeathed to the country a century ago by beer baron Carl Jacobsen (who also gave Copenhagen the statue of the Little Mermaid), the Glyptotek has grown to become northern Europe’s largest and most important repository of ancient statuary, and artifacts. It also owns an unrivaled collection of forty-nine works by Paul Gauguin (briefly married to a Dane), which now are on display in a dedicated room. The Glyptotek received the painting “Sailing Ship in the Moonlight”, an early painting by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), as a gift from the New Carlsberg Foundation last summer. 051213_Sailing_Ship_in_Moonlight_by_Gaugin_Copenhagen

Other areas display French and Danish masterworks by artists such as Manet, Monet, and Cézanne.

Monet: Lemon Grove in Bodighera
Monet: Lemon Grove in Bodigher

 

The Kiss by Rodin
The Kiss by Rodin

Adam by Rodin

Paul Cezanne: Self Portrait with Bowler Hat
Paul Cezanne: Self Portrait with Bowler Hat
Adam by Rodin
Adam by Rodin

 

Part of the Rodin Collection
Part of the Rodin Collection

The museum also houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris, and one of only three complete sets of Degas bronzes. The airy 1996 wing, designed by the esteemed Danish architect Henning Larsen, was unveiled during Copenhagen’s successful stint as Cultural Capital of Europe.

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Contemporary and cool, it holds its own against the museum’s two original late-19th-century and early-20th century buildings with their great skylit galleries, decorative moldings, painted panels, and richly tiled floors.

Part of the Cafeteria
Part of the Cafeteria

In the city’s highly civilized and perfectly stylized manner, the buildings are linked by a lovely glass-domed winter garden and attractive café for the weary of foot.

You find the New Carlsberg Glyptotek just across the street from the Tivoli Gardens. Entrance at Dantes Plads 7.

http://www.glyptoteket.com/

Written and photographed by Tor Kjølberg