Crouching down and looking at you from 5m (16 ft.) above is Ron Mueck's controversial sculpture of a boy, called simply Boy, which is eerily lifelike. This avant-garde sculpture sets the tone for one of the best provincial art museums in all of Denmark. The collection is strong on Modernism from the turn of the 20th century to the 1960s.
The museum is also strong on paintings from the so-called Golden Age of art in Denmark in the 1800s. The Romantics, the Realists, the Impressionists -- they are all here, along with contemporary works not only from Denmark but from such countries as the United States and Germany as well. The museum is spread over several floors, which are linked by a footbridge. On the top floor is a first-class restaurant and rooftop patio, from which panoramic views of Århus can be seen. Often a venue for temporary exhibitions, the museum owns about 10,000 pieces of art, the oldest of which date from 1770.
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