In the heart of Copenhagen, on Dantes Plads, the son of Carlsberg’s founder and brewer Carl Jacobsen has given the public an art palace that doesn’t have to hide behind the Louvre or other famous museums. Admittedly, ‘Ny Carslberg Glyptoteket’ certainly cannot keep up with the Louvre and other big names in terms of exhibition space. However, it is far more than just a museum. It is a place where historic art, magnificent architecture and the Scandinavian understanding of simplicity, ease and aesthetics come together.
Even those who are not interested in old paintings and antique sculptures will get their money’s worth here. A spacious roof terrace with a view of Copenhagen and an inviting Nordic-designed café invite visitors to linger. Under the gigantic glass dome of the 18th century Venetian-style building, tropical palm trees and water fountains create a unique retreat from the daily grind.
“Carl Jacobsen’s conviction that art could beautify, touch and enrich the lives of everyone is still the rule at Glyptoteket.”
Ultimately, however, the glyptotheque stands out first and foremost in the way the works of art are staged. The integration of antique works into the modern environment, which is essentially inspired by the Renaissance, has a harmonious effect. Even the selection of wall colors inside the exhibition rooms seems to be a masterpiece.
By the way, it is worth mentioning that even today revenues from every bottle of Carlsberg are used to finance this inspiring and unique institution.
Images: Luca M.