Arts and creativity

In recent years, Danish artists have had an increased contact with the international art scene. It is especially within the field of visual arts and children’s performing arts that Denmark has gained acclaim and world-wide recognition.

“When you stand still, the landscape doesn't necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. Only at the moment when you begin to move, the mountain starts to move.” – Olafur Eliasson


__ Important role
Danes in general value art and creativity immensely. It plays an important role in the society, in the media, and in the economy.
Video: Introduction to the Danish art scene
__ Light and colours
Within the field of visual arts, Denmark is represented with world-famous artists such as Olafur Eliasson who is famous for working with light and colours.
Video about one of Olafur Eliasson's famous works
__ Skagen Painters
Looking back, one of the most important part of Danish visual art is the so-called ‘Skagen painters’ who painted the life of the fishermen, the sailors and life in general in Skagen of Northern Denmark in the late 19th century. They were inspired by French impressionism and the special light which they found in Skagen.
Video: Learn more about the Skagen painters

Bertel Thorvaldsen — a master of marble 
Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) is one of Denmark’s best known artists. For more than 40 years he lived in Rome where he became one of the most important European representatives of Neo-Classical sculpture. Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen opened its doors in 1848 and is the first museum-building in Denmark. Read more

__ __ Rosan Bosch talks about how art can make a connection between a big abstract world and reality, in relation her work for the Danish 'State of Green' project.