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Copenhagen’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Copenhagen’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

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Updated: 22 February 2018

Aside of a wide range of museums that offer an insight into the Danish Golden Age and other forms of art of the passed centuries, Copenhagen has also a great number of art galleries that present the best of contemporary art from Scandinavia and other countries around the world.


Amid old butcher shops that have nowadays being transformed into stylish restaurants and industrial-design bars stands V1 gallery. Initially founded in 2002, V1 has been presenting the artworks of national and international artists to Copenhagen’s culture enthusiasts for more than 15 years. With Banksy being among the hundreds of artists that have exhibited in the gallery, the people behind V1 make it clear that they like experimenting with different forms of art and always seek provocative artists. Their gallery is used as a platform where art interacts with its social surroundings and sparks social and political debates.

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

“Nephews” by Fryd Frydendahl, V1 Gallery | Courtsey of V1 Gallery / Jan Søndergaard

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard

With two exhibition halls, each one of which consisting of 2-3 rooms, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard always displays two exhibitions at the same time. The renowned gallery’s spaces are sometimes filled with contemporary art paintings while others are filled with photography, video, and installations created mainly by European and American artists.

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

John Kørner, “Blue Bedroom,” Galleri Bo Bjerggaard | Courtesy of Galleri Bo Bjerggaard / Anders Sune Berg

Galleri Christoffer Egelund

The 300-square-meter exhibition hall of Galleri Christoffer Egelund is always filled with artworks of different forms: from photos, paintings, and sculptures to performance and video. The contemporary art gallery spotlights emerging artists from Scandinavia and the international art scene, as well as hosts the creations of some of the world’s most prominent artists.

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

Jason Jagel, 'Fate in a Pleasant Mood', Christoffer Egelund Gallery | © Courtesy Christoffer Egelund Gallery and the artist

Jason Jagel, “Fate in a Pleasant Mood,” Christoffer Egelund Gallery | Courtesy Christoffer Egelund Gallery and the artist

Martin Asbæk Gallery

When Martin Asbæk opened his gallery back in 2005 he aspired to create a platform where national and international established and emerging artists could present their artworks. 13 years later, Martin Asbæk gallery is considered one of the best galleries in Copenhagen and has hosted a great number of exhibitions of different types of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video.

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

Martin Asbæk Gallery | Courtesy of Martin Asbæk Gallery

Gallery Poulsen

With a strong focus on traditional art on canvas and paper, Gallery Poulsen exhibits contemporary art paintings created by world-class American artists. With eight to ten exhibitions taking place throughout the year, Gallery Poulsen certainly manages to keep Copenhagen’s art buffs’ interests peaked.

Jean Pierre, Roy ‘Certain of My Uncertainty’ installation | Courtesy of Gallery Poulsen

Den Frie

Den Frie is a contemporary gallery with a long history which starts back in the 19th century. The building that is now housing Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art was built by J.F. Willumsen, a popular architect and innovative photographer, and was created with the aspiration to become a space similar to French Salon des Refusés, which hosted alternative exhibitions. Living up to its reputation and long history, Den Frie nowadays strives to present provocative and experimental artists to the public.

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Oslo Plads 1, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 12 28 03

'Cheese' - an installation by Mika Rottenberg | © Courtesy of Den Frie

‘Cheese’ – an installation by Mika Rottenberg | Courtesy of Den Frie

Kunsthall Charlottenborg

Housed in a Dutch baroque style palace in the center of Copenhagen, Kunsthall Charlottenborg is considered one of the largest and most prominent exhibition spaces of contemporary art in Northern Europe. Aside from the artworks of established and upcoming artists, its exhibitions halls often host artist talks, performances, concerts, and film screenings.

Kunsthall Charlottenborg | © Joe Kniesek/Flickr

Galerie Birch

Founded back in 1946, Galerie Birch is known as the oldest contemporary art gallery in Denmark. Its founder, Børge Birch, was one of the most prominent European art dealers of the time and was especially known for his work with artists of the CoBrA movement, such as Asger Jorn, Pierre Alechinsky, and Karel Appel. 72 years later, Galerie Birch still brings the best of contemporary art in Copenhagen’s art scene, presenting the artworks of emerging talents and established artists.

Galerie Birch, Palægade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 11 16 52


Having already represented various acclaimed artists from Europe and America such as Nicola Samori, Moritz Schleime, and Ditte Ejlerskov, no wonder LARMgalleri is considered one of the most notable galleries in Copenhagen. Housed in an 18th-century baroque style building that used to be the city’s first pharmacy, LARMgalleri’s space is as impressive as the exhibitions themselves.  

LARMgalleri, Bredgade 73, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 29 91 46 57

What do we do when we land? - Installation by Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen | © Courtesy of LARM Galleri

‘What do we do when we land?’ – Installation by Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen | Courtesy of LARM Galleri

Galleri Dansk Møbelkunst

Galleri Dansk Møbelkunst presents the best of Scandinavian furniture created by some of Denmark’s most notable designers. The collection consists of furniture designed over 50 years ago, starting from 1920 and spanning until the ’70s. Kaare Klint’s popular armchairs, Poul Henningsen’s stylish floor lamps, and Finn Juhl’s minimalist tables are some of the displayed items in Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery.