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“Antiquity remixed”

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
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Owner description: NY CARLSBERG GLYPTOTEK - EXPLORE 6000 YEARS OF ART This beautiful museum, founded in 1888, invites you to discover Northern Europe's largest collection of Ancient Mediterranean art and visit the leading collection of French Impressionist paintings in Denmark. The wonderful buildings are filled with atmosphere and every corner offers a new experience. The heart of the museum is the classic 1906 sub-tropical winter garden with tall palm trees, a fountain and a fish pool. The museum was founded by the renowned brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, who made Carlsberg beer known world wide. Address:Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek,Dantes Plads 7,1556 Copenhagen V
Reviewed 8 December 2013

I set out for the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on a rainy Sunday because (a) I heard the indoor palm court was a beautiful place to hang out even when it's rainy and (b) because it's free on Sundays and (c) because - well, it seemed a good touristic thing to do on a rainy day. In other words, expectations low. But I was surprised and delighted, and could have spent longer there than I did. The theme of "old meets new" or "antiquity remixed" seemed to present itself several times during my visit. First of all, the architecture of the place, which features a magnificently-designed new wing nestled up against a very grand early 20th-century art palace. Second, the featured exhibition, in which a Danish sculptor had been invited to create works that explored the setting and the collection; the three galleries featuring her work were exceptionally provocative. Third, there was a wonderful exhibition that showed how a Degas painting had been created over a period of years, including x-rays and an animated video along with the painting itself, and an equally provocative exhibit on the use of colored paints on ancient Greek statues which featured pioneering technological research that was detecting tiny bits of pigment embedded in the surface of ancient Greek statues. Finally, there was a free concert that afternoon with a smashingly brilliant violinist and pianist celebrating the premiere of a newly-recorded work called "Pavane Extrapolations" which took a famous composition by Maurice Ravel and put it through a musical Cuisinart to create something virtuosic and astonishing. As it turned out, I only passed thru the Palm Court and never sat down at the cafe as planned - my time got spent in the galleries and the concert until, suddenly, it was time to go! Among the best museum experiences I recall ever having!

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Interesting collection of antiquities, an appealing Palm Court, an architecturally beautiful modern wind, uncrowned and peaceful, fascinating Gauguin exhibition and other 19th century pieces I had not known were in Copenhagen - good place to relax in if the weather outside is wet.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

The building was worth a visit on it's own though the exhibition was well worth taking time to savour.

Thank Allan L
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

with love and artistic understanding this collection is outstanding. Also the building itself is amazing and worth a visit

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

An amazing collection of scultures, paintings, and Egyptian artifacts in a beautiful setting. At one point while going down stairs to see the mummies we were confronted by a mummy coming up the stairs (it was a special day for school children and they had a live mummy walking the halls!). The atrium area provided a wonderful piece of nature in the middle of all the stone and stairs. One negative...not enough time.

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