Where to Find Copenhagen’s Everyday Art

free, Things to Do — By Jane Graham on May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Some art was never really designed to gather dust on a museum wall. Northern Europe’s design city Copenhagen holds a number of works of art in everyday places that range from a beach promenade to a restaurant toilet. Here’s the NileGuide list on where to find four one-of-a-kind art pieces—without stepping foot in a museum.

  • Olafur Eliasson’s ‘International Career Lamp’ and Jeppe Hein’s bar counter ‘Illusion for a Second’ (pictured), Karriere Bar

Karriere Bar was one of the first places to open in the new Kødbyen quarter, emphasizing the area’s cultural affinity from day one. As well as being a hip bar/ restaurant, Karriere Bar has put its art to practical use as lights and furnishings. Icelandic/Danish multimedia artist Eliasson is internationally renowned for his elaborate, interactive pieces.

  • Poul Henningsen lights, Finn Juhl chairs, Hotel Alexandra lobby

The historic Hotel Alexandra near Vesterport Station is a retro design hotel, with dozens of original art and design classics from the first half of the 20th century. Even if you don’t stay in the hotel as a guest, you could always check out the lobby area, with its PH lamps and collection of chairs designed by masters like Finn Juhl and Verner Panton.

  • Anika Lori’s urinal mural (pictured), Mielcke & Hurtigkarl

The building of gourmet restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl in Frederiksberg may date from the 1600s, but its offbeat urinal is anything but old-fashioned. The gents’ restroom at this upmarket eatery has had a psychedelic makeover from the young Copenhagen artist Anika Lori, who since leaving her apprenticeship with Tal R in 2005 has exhibited regularly at fashionable street gallery V1.

  • Arne Jakobsen’s Bathing Huts (1932), Bellevue Strand

Hard to believe when you look at it now, but Bellevue Beach, north of Copenhagen, is an entirely manmade affair, designed by none other than Arne Jacobsen. His designs include the white lifeguard towers with blue stripes and matching changing cubes at the end of the beach that can still be seen—and used—today.

Images courtesy of Karriere Bar and V1 Gallery.

Tags: Danish art, Danish design