Copenhagen Art Tour

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School Art and Design Trip to Copenhagen

The Danish design school is celebrated internationally for its functional, minimalist designs and was heavily influenced by the German Bauhaus movement of the early twentieth century.  Our present day design in furniture and household appliances owes much to this Danish style and our tour to wonderful Copenhagen will introduce your students to many of the themes and styles which characterised its development. There are museums dedicated specifically to design where you can see the contemporary house of the 1960's as well as the new innovative creations.

For students of art Copenhagen provides many opportunities to discover Scandinavian painters including those at the forefront of modern art. The futuristic Arken Museum, the Louisiana and the Ordrupgaard exhibit a range of works from Impressionists of the late nineteenth century to artists working today.

Suggested Itinerary

The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.

Day 1

Flight to Copenhagen, Arken Museum of Modern Art and Nyhavn

Flight to Copenhagen: On arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer to your first visit.

Arken Museum of Modern Art: Located at Koge Bay Beach on the coast south of Copenhagen, the Arken Museum is renowned for its outlandish contemporary Scandinavian art, but it also houses one of Europe’s most important collections of Damian Hirst. The building itself is of a unique design, portraying as it does a stranded ship a few metres from the beach. Lunch can be taken in the Museum’s café which is designed to hang like a lifeboat on the side of the building, its large, panoramic windows overlook Koge Bay.

Nyhavn: After check in there will be time to explore along the waterfront in the beautiful district of Nyhavn in central Copenhagen. Dinner this evening will be at a city centre restaurant.

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Day 2

Danish Design Museum, Ordrupgaard Museum and Little Mermaid

Danish Design Museum: Denmark is known the world over for its modern furniture, striking architecture and innovative design and this museum houses permanent exhibitions from some of Denmark’s most illustrious designers. It includes exhibitions of fabric and textiles and then moves on to furniture and the future of Danish Design. There are also sections featuring art nouveau jewellery, glassware and china.

Little Mermaid: After your visit take a walk to Langelinie Park for the mandatory photo stop at the famous Little Mermaid statue on the quay side, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark’s most celebrated writer.

Ordrupgaard Museum: After lunch you travel to Ordrupgaard Museum which has a modernist extension by the prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. The museum contains a mixture of Danish art and the French Impressionists including works by Pissarro, Monet and Renoir.

Finn Juhl’s House: Finn Jurl was a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer best remembered for his furniture design. He was one of the leading figures in the creation of ‘Danish Design’ in the 1940’s and it was he who introduced Danish Modern to America. The house displays his classic Scandinavian furniture as well as his sense of colour, materials and modernist art.

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Day 3

National Gallery of Denmark, Danish Architecture Centre and Tivoli Gardens

National Gallery of Denmark: This morning you visit the National Gallery of Denmark whose collections span the period from the Renaissance to the present day. Danish art makes up the majority of the collections here but there are works by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Picasso along with an internationally recognised collection of Matisse. The museum has an annexe where you will find treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Danish Architecture Centre: After lunch you visit the Danish Architecture Centre which is located in an old warehouse building overlooking the harbour. The Centre promotes sustainable urban architecture and development and features various temporary exhibitions and collaborative projects. Being located on the harbour makes it the ideal place to relax at the end of your day, and perhaps sit in a café and enjoy watching the lively street life and impromptu entertainment.

Tivoli: In the evening you can visit the Tivoli Gardens, an extensive pleasure park of funfair rides and entertainment which dates back to the middle of the nineteenth century and is one of Copenhagen’s most visited attractions.

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Day 4

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Flight Home

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: This morning you travel north of Copenhagen to the shores of the Oresund Sound to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This is the most highly regarded and visited art and design museum in Denmark. Although it is principally curated as an art museum, the building itself is recognised as a milestone in modern Danish architecture, heralded for its sympathetic combination of art, architecture, and landscape.

Flight Home: After lunch you have free time for shopping before continuing to the airport for your homeward flight.

Excursions

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Arken Museum of Modern Art

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Danish Design Museum

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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Ordrupgaard Museum

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National Gallery of Denmark

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The Little Mermaid

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Tivoli Gardens

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Finn Jurl’s House

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