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Travel Tips

Denmark

Denmark travel tips 

From south to north
 
 
JYLLAND
 
Møgeltønder
- Protestant church with richly decorated interior. 
 
Tønder  
- Protestant church with richly decorated interior. 

Løgumkloster
- Church with quality old religious art. 

Ribe:
- The cathedral of Ribe (a charming old town) with windows, frescoes and mosaics (1982-1987) by Carl Henning-Pedersen, who was part of the Cobra movement.
 
Christiansfeld:
- Moravian Brethren Museum, Nørregade 16, Christiansfeld. With exhibitions about missions in Greenland, Africa, Suriname and Labrador. Also temporary exhibitions and the Jeppe-room in memory of the famous painter Jeppe Madsen Ohlsen, who was born in Christiansfeld in 1891.
 
Fredericia:
- Christianskirken with 32 windows and an altar piece by Bjørn Nørgaard from 2007. Nørgaard is a well-known Danish artist.
 
Solbjerg:
- Church with large mural from 1984 depicting the Ascension by Bodil Kaalund.
 
Holsterbro:
- The Nørrelandkerk in Holsterbro: architects: Inger en Johannes Exner (1960’s). Great church full of atmosphere. Gobelin in sanctuary by Mogens Jørgensen. Paintings by Jens Nielsen, Hanne Warming, Nikolaus Wehding, Elof Risebye, Poul Hoffmeister, Jonna Sejg, Vera Justiniano Amquist. Sculptures scattered throughout the garden. www.noerrelandskirken.dk
- Next to the church you will find the Jens Nielsen og Olivia Holm-Møller Museet Holsterbro, with works by Jens Nielsen (1891-1978) and Olivia Holm-Møller. Also expositions.
 
Viborg:
- Skovgaard Museum, an architectural pearl in the centre of the oldest part of Viborg. In the museum, next to Viborg Cathedral, works by four generations of the Skovgaard family of artists have been gathered. Peter Christian Skovgaard (1817-1875) was the principal representative of national romantic landscapes of the Golden Age of Danish painting.  His sons, Joakim Skovgaard (1856-1933), who created the mural decorations in Viborg Cathedral, and Niels Skovgaard (1858-1938) also worked with landscape painting. The collection holds exquisite examples of landscape painting as well as religious and mythological subjects. www.skovgaardmuseet.dk 
- In the Cathedral murals by Joakim Skovgaard (1856-1933).
 
Lemvig:
- Lemvig Museum for contemporary religious art. Beautifully located with a view of the bay. Opened in 1994. Religious dimenson of 20th-century and contemporary art. In their own collection Works by Bodil Kaaland, Peter Brandes, Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen, Erik Heide en Bjørn Nørgaard. Also expositions. www.lemvigmuseum.dk 
- The church of Lemvig with 37 paintings made in 1976-1981 by Bodil Kaaland.
 
Saeby:
- Church from 1450 with medieval murals.
 
Strandby:
- Church built in 1966, le Corbusier-like, architect Jacob Blegvad.
 
Skagen:
- Skagen Museum shows work of the artist colony of Skagen (ca. 1870-1800) with landscapes and realistic scenes. www.skagenmuseum.dk 
 
 
FUNEN
 
Kerteminde:
- Johannes Larsen Museum in Møllebakken 14, Kerteminde. About the painter Johannes Larsen and the artist colony of artist from Funen at the beginning of the 20th century. http://www.johanneslarsenmuseet.dk
Bregninge:
- In Bregninge Kirke is an altar piece by Sven Havsteen Mikkelsen from 1998.

 
SJAELLAND
 
Keldby:
- Church with beautiful murals from 1475-1550.
 
Sørbymagle:
- In the church an abstract altar piece by Arne Hansen (Rothko-like, but with a golden background).
 
Vester Broby:
- Church from 1175 with medieval murals.
 
Haslev:
- Gallerie Emmaus, Højskole, Højskolevej 9, Haslev, with a list of Christian artists. Biblical subjects but also landscapes, abstract and figurative. Advises and deals also with churches. www.galleri-emmaus.dk
 
Roskilde:
- Cathedral from the 12th century located on the fjord. Since 1995 on the UNESCO heritage list.
 
Kastrup:
- In the church of Kastrup there is a large mural from 1984 by Svend Wiig Hansen, plus decoration of the ceiling and walls by the same artist.
 
Copenhagen:                                                                         
- In the classicistic Dom of Copenhagen the famous sculptures of Christ and the 12 apostles by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) can be found, for which he received a commission in 1819 by Frederik VI. It took him 10 years. He had made Jesus with head and hands lifted high. By due to heat and mist the clay prototype was affected, so that they subsided.  Thorvaldsen was disappointed – he had wanted a royal Jesus, but a friend was touched by the fact ‘that you can only look Him in the face, when you bow down for Him’. The largest part of his life Thorvaldsen spent in Rome. His sculpture of Jesus became the most used prototype of the 19th-century plaster sculptures of Jesus, of which especially many can be seen on cemeteries. 
- The Nationalmuseet, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, is the largest museum of cultural history in Denmark. The Nationalmuseet offers spectacular collections that reflect upon the culture and history of Denmark and the Danish people. The Danish Middle Ages collection at the National Museum of Denmark features various galleries dedicated to Danish religious art from 1000 to1536 AD. It is one of the largest medieval collections housed at any of the museums in Denmark. The Dagmar Cross is one of the most popular artifacts in the Middle Ages collection. 
- Thorvaldsen Museum, Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen. Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm, Monday closed. The collections in Thorvaldsen’s Museum are rich and varied. Most consist of Thorvaldsen’s own works. The artist created over 90 free-standing sculptures, just under 300 reliefs and more than 150 portrait busts. In addition to Thorvaldsen’s own works, Thorvaldsens Museum contains the sculptor’s huge collections of paintings, drawings and graphics both of art from before 1800 and works by artists contemporary with Thorvaldsen himself. The collection of antiquities consists of marble sculptures, vases, bronzes, coins etc. from Egypt, Greece and Italy and was largely established on the basis of purchases Thorvaldsen made in Rome. www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk  
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, with the sculptures of Jesus, of Adam and Eve before the Fall (1863) and Adam and Eve after the Fall (1849) by J.A. Jerichau.                                                         
- The Danish Jewish Museum, Proviantpassagen 6, Copenhagen K. Winter Tuesday to Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 5 pm, Monday closed. Summer (1 June - 31 August), Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm, Monday closed. The Danish Jewish Museum collects and preserves all material which can document significant aspects of Jewish life in Denmark. The collection is the museum’s backbone, and in the future it will form the basis of exhibitions at the museum and research into Danish-Jewish history – and thus of the broad understanding of Danish-Jewish cultural heritage and the issues connected to belonging to a minority.
- Bagsvaerd Church, Copenhagen suburbs, architect: Jørn Utzon 1973-76 . "I am inspired by the clouds and have made a space which disappears upwards". Largely made of pale concrete. The shape of the vaults have given it perfect acoustics. The central carpet and the altar coverings are by Utzon's daughter Lin. Jørn Utzon was the architect of the Sydney Opera House.
 
- Windows by Per Kirkeby in Gentofte Church. The eleven windows have been given titles that point to biblical themes from both Old and New Testaments. First are The Tables of the Law (south wall, close to the altar), then the Entry to Jerusalem, the Last Supper, Christ Agony at Gethsemane, Golgotha, the Crucifixion (west wall, facing the altar), the Flight into Egypt (north wall), the Sermon on the Mount, Paradise (i.e. the Garden of Eden), Sodom and Gomorrah, and, finally, the Deluge (north wall, close to the altar and facing the window representing the Tables of the Law). To realise these stained-glass windows Kirkeby collaborated with Per Hebgaard, a renowned stained-glass artist. The new windows were inaugurated on 14 September 2008, after four years of work. http://www.artway.eu/artway.php?id=859&action=show&lang=en
 
Jaegersborg:
- A permanent exhibition of Havsteen-Mikkelsen's (1912-1999) work can be seen at Schæffergården in the hunting castle and in Agorafløjen. 
 
Vejleå:,
- Church from 1997 with windows by Peter Brandes also from 1997.
 
Gentofte:
- Church with windows from 2008 by Per Kirkeby (1938), one of the most well-known artists of Denmark.