Danish Museum of Decorative Art
|Art museums||Danish Museum of Decorative Art|
|Location||The Danish Museum Art & DesignBredgade 68
DK-1260 Copenhagen K
|About the Museum||The Danish Museum of Art & Design was founded in 1890 by the Industriforeningen (“The Industry Association”) in Copenhagen and the Ny Carlsberg Museum Grant.It first opened its doors to the public in 1895, housed in an entirely new museum building located on the present-day H.C. Andersens Boulevard. The building was designed by the architect Vilhelm Klein.
From the very outset, the museum’s main task has been to communicate notions of quality within the sphere of decorative and industrial art, thereby promoting the development of better Danish decorative arts.
The objective was to improve the general quality of Danish industry products by displaying model objects. Thus, the museum collections were to act as a fount of inspiration for industry professionals.
In addition to this, the museum represents a desire to heighten awareness of and interest in decorative art among the general public.
As a natural consequence, the Danish Museum of Art & Design has always had a special obligation to collect and document contemporary trends within the decorative arts, crafts, and industrial design in Denmark as well as internationally.
The museum also collects model examples of works from older areas and periods closely related to contemporary production.
In addition to its collecting and documenting activities, the Danish Museum of Art & Design carries out research on its collections and makes information available to the general public, either in physical or virtual form.
The Danish Museum of Art & Design also communicates the results of its research in the form of exhibitions and publications as well as classes, lectures, and other activities.
|Museum Collections||The Danish Museum Art & Design’s historic collections, its libraries, and its archives make up the main institution for research on design history in Denmark.The Danish Museum Art & Design has a special obligation to record and communicate development trends within Danish design. The new exhibition of 20th Danish decorative art and industrial design shows Danish design history in the light of the era’s aesthetic discussions and social, technical, and economic conditions.
Centering on key figures such as Poul Henningsen, Kaare Klint, and Arne Jacobsen, the display links design and architecture to present the museum’s take on the century’s dreams and realities.
The historical collections of European and Asian decorative arts contain major works within Chinese ceramics, 18th century French and German porcelain industries, and English and French furniture. The narrative presentations emphasise the impact the collections had on Danish developments within design.