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26.10.2020

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen

Designmuseum Danmark is a museum in Copenhagen for Danish and international design and applied arts . It presents the works of famous Danish designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Jakob Jensen and Kaare Klint, who was one of the two architects who in the 1920s turned the former Fredericks Hospital (built in 1752-1757) into a museum. The exhibition also presents a variety of Chinese and German porcelain.

Until 2011, the museum was known as the Danish Museum of Art and Design, and before that - the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts.

The museum has the largest library of design in Scandinavia. It also contains a fully annotated and illustrated database of all furniture produced in Denmark from 1900 to 2000, originally compiled by Reese and Marilyn Pelly and then donated to the museum and finalized by him.

The museum was founded in 1890 on the initiative, including Industriforeningen. The special building, designed by Wilhelm Klein and located next to the premises of Industriforeningen on Town Hall Square, was built in 1894 and opened to the public the following year. Exhibitions were housed in separate galleries, each dedicated to a specific area such as porcelain, faience, silver, furniture, glass and textiles. This location reflected the main goal of the museum, which was to serve as a source of inspiration for masters and manufacturers, highlighting the best in craftsmanship and design of different eras.

In 1926 the museum moved to its present building, the former Frederick Hospital since 1757, presented by the banker Emil Gluckstadt. Architects Kaare Clint and Ivar Bentsen made the necessary changes and furnishing. 

The museum has the largest library in Scandinavia dedicated to decorative art and industrial design. Open to the general public, the library is also the museum's library, a research library and Denmark's central library. Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday from 11-17. The library has more than 1000 magazines. The latest issues of 75 magazines, for which the museum is signed, can be read in the library reading room.

The library's reading room holds public lectures on topics related to design, which are based on the collections of both the museum and the library.

Danish Design Archive and Poster Collection are located on the museum's first floor.

The museum has a small auditorium on the first floor for 120 people. It is used for lectures, concerts, receptions and other events.

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