ARKEN has been collecting Danish, Nordic and international contemporary art since the museum’s opening in 1996. We constantly keep abreast of the new art’s developments. Today ARKEN’s Collection holds more than 350 works.
Main threads There are two main threads in ARKEN’s Collection. Art that through the depiction of the human body interprets the times we live in. And art that challenges the very definition of art and invites us to see art in new ways. These are often works one can ‘enter’ and sense with one’s own body.
ARKEN’s Collection almost exclusively comprises works that are produced after 1990. All contemporary art’s media are represented, from new painting and new sculpture to drawing, photography, video art and installation.
Key focal pointsThe British artist Damien Hirst (b. 1965) is a key focal point in ARKEN’s Collection. Hirst is one of the most significant artists of our time. He explores mankind’s urge to create its own paradise through the use of medicine. He depicts existence between beauty and decay, hope and desperation, life and death.
Collect, register, preserve, research, communicate…ARKEN is amassing a collection to preserve and enrich the important cultural heritage for future generations. A museum collection is “permanent” because the art works that enter the collection can never be sold off again.
It is ARKEN’s task on behalf of society to preserve these works, collect knowledge about them and pass on this knowledge to the audience through exhibition and communication of the Collection.
At ARKEN you can always see a selection of works from the Collection, and you can read more about them on the website. You can also borrow an iPod in the museum and listen to interviews with artists in the Collection.