The foyer is a 600 m2 large room that connects the paths of the museum.
From here one has access to the galleries, the café, the shop, ARKEN CREATIVE, concert and conference hall and film auditorium. Here the visitors may meet one another, relax, look at the art, the architecture and each other.
The foyer is characterised by a curving wall, floors of upright parquet merbau teak and a round skylight through which natural daylight floods in.
Before the conversion in 2009, a long gangway ran the length of the room, but it was dismantled so that the museum was better able to present the big contemporary works of art. On the ceiling, the gangway’s ‘roof’ is still visible as a metal band. Thus a connection is made back to the original museum – the development leaves its marks in the museum.
A heavy monolith
In the foyer stands a 36 tons heavy black monolith of Norwegian larvikite as a reference to the area’s history. The landscape around ARKEN is the result of a damming project in the late 1970s. The stone stands as a monument to the past and to the fact that where ARKEN now stands used to be an ocean. As a special sensuous experience, the monolith’s four sides have been treated in different ways in order to appear respectively matt, rough, smooth and polished.