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
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
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
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
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
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
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.