Past exhibitions



24 August 2012 - 29 September 2013  

Do we believe in community today? How do we share the world? Is it our ability to creatively produce new communities and rituals that makes us human? Do we disintegrate without the other, dry up and become pure nature, a bony caricature of a human being? ‘Community’ refers to the way several people share something in particular, and it is often associated with a shared stance and mutual solidarity.

And what about art? Do many artworks only arise through the social relationship, when we sense ourselves, one another and the work?

The 17 contemporary works in the exhibition from ARKEN’s collection raised these issues and zoomed in on our notions of what the concept of ‘community’ covers. The works helped us to think about the human community and showed us the hypermodern individual, the animal, and nature.  


18 august 2012 - 13 january 2013 

India’s economic growth has spurred the development of Indian contemporary art and has helped to spread it far beyond the borders of the country in a dialogue between Indian and Western culture and artistic tradition.

INDIA : ART NOW presented 13 of the best artists and artist groups from India. Their works revolve around among other things the city, the intimate sphere and the relations between culture, identity and the conditions of life in our global society.

The participating artists were Rina Banerjee, Hemali Bhuta, Atul Dodiya, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Rashmi Kaleka, Bharti Kher, Ravinder Reddy, Vivan Sundaram and the artist duo Thukral & Tagra.

In connection to the exhibition visitors could find a reading lounge with extravagant furniture by the design duo DOSHI LEVIEN. In the reading lounge visitors could enjoy a documentary about three of the participating artists produced by ARKEN in corporation with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.  

INDIA : ART NOW was a part of the project India Today - Copenhagen Tomorrow.


18 august 2012 - 13 january 2013 

”Now it’s all about India” - Karl Lagerfelt , the recognized German designer, proclaimed when he launched his 2012 Metier d’Art collection for the fashion empire Chanel. The same was the case at ARKEN this fall with the museum’s first fashion exhibition INDIA : ART NOW. The exhibition presented creations by the seven most prominent young Indian designers: Morphe by Amit Aggarwal, Little Shilpa, Manish Arora, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Prashant Verma, Varun Sardana and 11.11 by Cell DSGN.

The seven designers represent a new departure in Indian fashion that started around the begin¬ning of the new millennium. A radical renewal of the Indian tradition where designers, with their starting point in their local experience, draw inspiration from widely differing global cultu¬ral idioms.

The exhibition took its point of departure in the sophisticated craftsmanship that has always been characteristic of Indian fashion. The ensembles exhibited are products of a unique know¬ledge of textiles and techniques. The designers have experimented intensively with the visual and the conceptual. The result is sculptural, colourful and breathlessly beautiful creations.

INDIA : ART NOW was a part of the project India Today - Copenhagen Tomorrow.

12 May 2012 - 22 July 2012 

Like no other city, Berlin has been a stage for world history: two world wars, Nazism and the Holocaust, the Cold War, the collapse of socialism and the expansion of capitalism have affected Berlin, leaving significant marks on the city, shaping it outwardly and inwardly.

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin’s tolerant atmosphere has been a magnet for artists from all over the world. The 17 artists in the exhibition are drawn by the city’s inspiring, international environment. They explore how we see and experience the city’s concrete as well as abstract, mental spaces. Their works added images, materiality and sound to Berlin as a city and an urban mindscape. Feel it for yourself. 

Several times in the 20th century, Berlin lay in ruins. Its cityscape has been marked by debris, cranes and construction sites. The city government has demolished, renovated and rebuilt. Berlin’s complexity and lack of architectural cohesion make it a chaotic and raw but also an inclusive place. An intense metropolis with the power to fascinate.

January 2012 - 1 July 2012 
THE ESSENCE OF COLOUR – The Art of Queen Margrethe II

With 135 works THE ESSENCE OF COLOUR was the biggest exhibition to date of H.M. the Queen’s art. At the exhibition the guests entered a personal universe and follow the Queen’s artistic development over 35 years. The subjects range from the close surroundings through imaginary landscapes to the most recent depictions of radiantly coloured rocks and bones.

Nature – both idyllic and dangerous – is a central subject for the Queen. The colours in the Queen’s art express the essence of a spirit. They evoke emotions and states of mind where words are not enough. The works in the exhibition ranged wide, from gentle watercolours through expressive paintings to imaginative découpages. In the découpages she has recomposed cuttings from art sale catalogues and magazines into new, magical worlds where anything can happen. Humour and seriousness go together in the art of the artist Queen Margrethe II.  

DK-2635 Ishøj
Tel: (+45) 43 54 02 22
Skovvej 100
Opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10-17
Wednesday: 10-21
Monday: Closed
Admission fees
Adults: 50 kr.
Groups: 50 kr.
Pensioniers: 50 kr.
Students: 50 kr.
Children under 18: Free