To provide the best framework for the art, it is necessary to have flexible rooms, as art works come in all shapes, sizes, materials, colours etc. ARKEN’s galleries are flexible, and the rooms vary between low and high ceilings, small closed rooms and large open ones. When walking through the exhibitions, in addition to the artistic experience, one also gets a spatial experience.
ARKEN’s galleries are characterised by simplicity. The original galleries had high ceilings and raw concrete walls. The new ones from 2008 have lowered ceilings, and the rooms are like white cubes in free contact with each other.
The new galleries are lined with fibreboards to facilitate changing exhibitions. Lights, ventilation and safety appliances are fashioned to meet the high demands placed today when showing valuable art.
The new galleries are in direct continuation of the original rooms. The museum’s own collection is permanently exhibited in the original rooms, while the new ones house the more classical special exhibitions, and the Art Axis provides the setting for changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Thus one is led through the exhibitions of contemporary art in the Art Axis and the exhibition of ARKEN’s permanent collection before arriving at the changing exhibitions in the new rooms.
ARKEN constantly tries to confront and challenge its visitors, e.g. by having them encounter classical, modern and brand new art in close interplay.