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by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
February 9, 2005
What sets the Glyptoteket (whose name literally means "sculpture collection" but actually includes paintings and antiquities as well) apart from many other such museums is the level of aesthetic consideration given to its contents. In addition to its impressive architecture (the Winter Garden by the entrance is a lovely place to anticipate or reflect upon the works beyond it), the individual pieces seem to have all been chosen with a strong emphasis on their physical beauty. The Roman, Greek, and Etruscan sculptures reflect an incredible level of verisimilitude for such ancient works, and many are remarkably well preserved. They find a fitting echo in the largest collection of the sculpture of Auguste Rodin outside of France, including the obligatory "Thinker" in the garden outside.
Although attractive, the collection of paintings is somewhat less impressive, as despite the great names represented, the works on display tend to be relatively minor. This does not serve in any way to decrease their enjoyability, particularly since the Danish "Golden Age" paintings are accompanied by sculptures from the same period to a much greater degree than elsewhere in the country. Most of the museum’s other canvases reflect French art from the Neo-Classical to Post-Impressionist periods with an emphasis on the aesthetically pleasing–-thus accounting for the relatively large number of works by Paul Gauguin and the representation of the Dutchman Vincent van Gogh by the luxuriant "Pink Roses." Depending on whether or not you choose to enjoy the nearby Tivoli Gardens, the verdant paintings of Claude Monet and the Barbizons (a school of French painting that emphasized outdoor painting) present either a fitting accompaniment or the requisite horticultural highlight of your time in Copenhagen.
The collection is currently undergoing a renovation to accommodate its wild popularity (it’s visited by twice as many people annually as it was designed for) but the highlights of the collection are currently on display. Consequently, this review covers the so-called "Compact Glyptoteket" that I did see, which is being displayed until the full collection, normally displayed across a pair of buildings, is reopened. Although only a fraction of the museum’s holdings, this collection is so outstanding that I heartily recommend visiting it to any visitor to Copenhagen, particularly on a Wednesday or Sunday, when admission is free.
From journal The Beauty of Copenhagen
lincoln, United Kingdom
February 19, 2004
The museum is home to artwork throughout the ages from Greek, Egyptian, and Roman, to Renaissance. There are works by Gauguin, Rodin, Van Gogh and Monet in wood, marble, stone, and on canvas. Tempted yet?
The beautiful museum is split into three sections with a central glass housed section with seats, palms, fountains, and a gift shop. Housing the biggest collection of Rodin outside France (including versions of "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" ), the French section is inspiring. The classical section of marble sculpture leaves you awestruck.
We spent an entire day in here and were mesmerised. Words cannot do justice to its grandeur -- this is a "must see" if you are in Copenhagen.
From journal 4 days in Copenhagen
September 26, 2001
From journal Wonderful Copenhagen