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Otherworld by Troels Carlsen, Eighteen Gallery | Courtesy of V1 Galler |© Jan Søndergaard
Otherworld by Troels Carlsen, Eighteen Gallery | Courtesy of V1 Galler |© Jan Søndergaard

10 of Denmark's Top Art Galleries

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Aliki Seferou
Updated: 23 May 2017

Denmark has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums and art galleries guaranteed to hold every art lover spellbound. Those who are always keen on discovering emerging artists, and want to stay updated for the new trends in the art world, should definitely include the following art galleries on their to-do list

V1 Gallery

Since V1 gallery opened its doors for the first time to the public in 2002, it has been hosting the exhibitions of up and coming and established artists – whose artworks address the social and political issues of modern life. Their vision was to make their gallery a platform where art interacts with the surrounding society, functioning as a sparkle that can lead to long discourses among visitors and artists.

V1 Gallery, Flæsketorvet 69, Copenhagen, +45 33 31 03 21

Nephews by Fryd Frydendahl, V1 Gallery | Courtsey of V1 Gallery | © Jan Søndergaard

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard

With two diverse spaces, each one of them comprising two or three separate rooms, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard usually hosts two exhibitions at the time. From contemporary paintings and sculptures to photography and video, the gallery’s founders aren’t afraid of experimenting and always strive to present different forms of art to the public. Bo Bjerggaard gallery has held a significant place in Denmark’s art scene for 18 years, hosting the artworks of European and American artists.

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Flæsketorvet 85, Copenhagen, +45 33 93 42 21

John Kørner, Blue Bedroom, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard |Courtesy of Galleri Bo Bjerggaard |© Anders Sune Berg

Martin Asbæk Gallery

Martin Asbæk Gallery has hosted a great number of artists whose artworks have been displayed in biennials, museums and exhibitions all over the world. In Asbæk’s gallery, visitors will get the chance to see all kind of art forms, from paintings and sculptures to photography, video and embroidery. The established gallery has taken part in several art fairs in Europe and USA – including Paris Photo, VOLTA NY/ Basel, The Armory Show NY and Art Brussels.

Martin Asbæk Gallery, Bredgade 23, Copenhagen, +45 33 15 40 04

Martin Asbæk Gallery | Courtesy of Martin Asbæk Gallery

Gallery Poulsen

If you’re strolling around the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen, make a stop at Gallery Poulsen and rummage through its contemporary art exhibitions. With 14 years experience in the art scene, Poulsen is undoubtedly considered one of the most significant galleries in Denmark. The gallery houses mostly American artists, whose paintings on canvas and paper are characterized by a clean and satirical style. Gallery Poulsen hosts eight to ten exhibitions every year and participates in national fairs and international fairs, such as Pulse and Volta in New York, Miami and Basel.

Gallery Poulsen, Staldgade 32, Den Brune Kødby, Copenhagen, +45 40 15 55 88

Jean Pierre, Roy Certain of My Uncertainty installation | Courtesy of Gallery Poulsen | © Stig Stasig

Galleri Christoffer Egelund

Located in Copenhagen’s city center among The National Gallery of Denmark, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Art Institutes and The Danish Art Council, Galleri Christoffer Egelund does its bit to add a cultural note to the already stylish district. The exhibition space has hosted a great number of emerging and established artists, who specialize in different forms of art such as works on paper, photos, paintings, sculptures, performance and video.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Bredgade 75, Copenhagen, +45 33 93 92 00

Galleri V58

Right next to the City Hall and the Museum of Art ARoS stands Børnely, the historic building that houses Galleri V58 – one of the most interesting art spaces in Denmark. The stylish gallery represents a mix of 35 established and up and coming artists from the national and international art scene. The 400 square meter space, over two floors, hosts solo and group exhibitions including paintings, drawings, photos, installations, ceramic and bronze sculptures. Visitors from all over the world stop by Galleri V58 to observe the architecture of the building – which features Gothic style and Danish Renaissance elements – and to explore the exhibition rooms. Art, architecture and history are delicately combined at one of Denmark’s most significant galleries. 

Galleri V58, Hans Hartvig Seedorffs Stræde, Aarhus, +45 86 25 91 00

Galleri V58 | Courtesy of Galleri V58

LYNfabrikken

LYNfabrikken is much more than an art gallery; it’s an innovative space which promotes the exchange of ideas when it comes to art, design and work. When the former factory was refurbished in 2002, a roof terrace, coffee shop, work space and exhibition space were created in the building – breathing new air in the city of Aarhus. The BOX Exhibition is a closed space which means that the audience can only look at the artworks through a giant window. Several designers, artists and craftsmen have displayed their works in LYNfabrikken experimenting with the innovative’s exhibition space spacial terms.   

LYNfabrikken, Vestergade 49, Aarhus, +45 87 30 00 75

Richard Sweeney at LYNfabrikken | Courtesy of LYNfabrikken

Charlotte Fogh Gallery

Charlotte Fogh, the founder of the gallery has a great experience as curator and consultant for museums, private collections, companies and art societies, so she knows how to peak the best art pieces for her gallery. Over the past 11 years, Charlotte Fogh Gallery has hosted numerous artworks of established and emerging artists from the contemporary art scene, always showcasing high-level art to its visitors. With approximately eight exhibitions throughout the year, the noble gallery definitely holds the interest of the city’s art enthusiasts alive. 

Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Mejlgade 18, Aarhus, +45 29 29 71 05

Exhibition by Rose Eken: Kitchen Confidential, ceramic kitchen totems | Courtesy of Charlotte Fogh Gallery

Galerie Wolfsen

The people behind Galerie Wolfsen never stop seeking for new talents of the art scene and their history proves that they definitely know how to spot the best ones. Several Danish and international contemporary artists, whose names are now quite known in the art world, have exhibited their works in Galerie Wolfsen. Since the gallery opened its doors for the first time to the public in 1992, millions of art enthusiasts have rummaged through Wolfsen’s exhibition rooms.   

Galerie Wolfsen, Tiendeladen 6, Aalborg, +45 98 13 75 66

Væg Gallery

Væg Gallery was founded in 2012 by Lars Bonde and ever since it has been striving to discover and present emerging artists to the public. As the founder of the gallery is related to art himself, he always establishes a special relationship with the artists and their creations. Vӕg has hosted a great number of exhibitions of different art forms; from photography and painting to sculpture and wood prints.  

Contemporary Art Galleri “VÆG”, Jernbanegade 20A, Aalborg, +45 21 77 12 71