The season for new special exhibitions

Summer is over but no reason to feel down. It’s time for new special exhibitions at the museums, and if you’re lucky it will be rainy and cold and give you plenty of time to visit them all. Why not dive into the sexual lives of sailors at M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, or check out the magical atmosphere of abandoned places at Danish Architecture Center. Thorvaldsens Museum shows contemporary paintings side by side with Thorvaldsen’s old art works and The Museum of National History presents portraits of famous people from Lady Gaga to Donald Trump by photographer Marco Grob.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Homesick and longing
M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark opens their new special exhibition “Sex & The Sea” focusing on the dreams, longing and sex lives of sailors.  The exhibition is made by Dutch multimedia director Saskia Boddeke and British film director Peter Greenaway who encourage visitors to feel the same emotions of homesickness and sexual desire as sailors are faced with when they are at sea for months on end and staying in unfamiliar ports.
M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, Ny Kronborgvej 1, Helsingør; Sex & the Sea, opens Sep 9, ends Aug 13 2017, open Tue-Sun 11:00-17:00; over-18s 110kr., under-18s free adm; mfs.dk/en

Something old, something new
For the first time in the history of the museum, Bertel Thorvaldsen’s built-in marble reliefs yield space to eight paintings gathered under the title TEMPLATE. The young Danish artist Marie Søndergaard Lolk (b. 1981) has made a series of new works specifically for selected galleries at Thorvaldsens Museum. The galleries at the museum are not made for hanging paintings, so Søndergaard Lolk has worked both with and against Thorvaldsen. What happens when contemporary art is installed in such a special and colourful museum full of history and more than 100 years old sculptures of cast and marble? It has to somewhat spectacular, so check it out.
Thorvaldsens Museum, Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen K; TEMPLATE, from Aug 24 to Nov 13, 2016; over-18s 50kr, under18s free; open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00; www.thorval...

Po-po-po-pokerface and politics
Are your into photography? The Swiss-American photographer Marco Grob has portrayed some of the world’s most prominent and influential people. Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle displays a wide range of his works, including politicians such as Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush and the current candidates for this year's US presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, actors like George Clooney, Jude Law and Harrison Ford, musicians like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Yo-Yo Ma, business people like Steve Jobs, scientists like Stephen Hawking and many more.  For the exhibition, the photographer has made new portraits of HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary.
The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, 3400 Hillerød; Marco Grob, from Aug 26 to Jan 1 2017, over-15s 75 kr., under-15s 20 kr., student 60 kr.; open Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00; dnm.dk

Abandoned places
There’s something fascinating about abandoned places. What happened? How did it use to be? Who was here? Over the past six years the two Danish Urban Explorers Jan Elhøj and Morten Kirckhoff have visited and documented more than 1,000 abandoned places in the world. Danish Architecture Center explores abandoned buildings and places around the world with an exhibition showing selected photos by the two gentlemen.
Danish Architecture Center, Strandgade 27b, Copenhagen K; Abandoned, to Sep 11, free admission

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