2635 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 4354 0222
Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; Wed until 9pm
Situated south of Copenhagen in the coastal suburb of Ishøj, art museum Arken is generally seen as one of the Denmark's big three art galleries, along with Statens Museum for Kunst
. It is also the newest, having opened in 1996. Arken ('the ark') takes its name from its distinctive shape, a unique architectural design that has its good as well as bad points: Although it certainly stands out on the beach at Køge Bay, the interior tends to feel cold and a little dark and is hard to light successfully, so that sharp shadows often intrude over the paintings, a fact that makes the rather cavernous space better suited to sculpture exhibits. It is however fully accessible for wheelchair users. The museum's collection focuses on international artworks from 1990 onwards, while additional changing exhibitions include both historical retrospectives and more contemporary showcases; generally, a larger exhibition runs concurrently with a smaller one. The rather pricey cafe-restaurant affords excellent views out to the sea. The museum costs DKK 85 for adults and is free for children; closed on Mondays and open late on Wednesdays.