If you’re lucky enough to be on a short break in the Danish capital of Copenhagen during the month of August, take time to visit a fascinating exhibition dedicated to the French artist, Edgar Degas, taking place at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek until the 1st of September.
Entitled ‘Degas’ Method’, this groundbreaking exhibition is made up of four distinct sections – Degas and Impressionism, Degas and Process, Degas and ‘The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer’ and Degas and Artifice – and explores the complexities of Degas’ artistic methods, seeking to present the artist as an innovative groundbreaker and experimenter of style and method. Indeed, his methods were multi-layered and involved such an extensive range of media and techniques that he is said to have changed the premises for painting and sculpture for good.
The exhibition brings together an extensive collection of paintings, pastels, monotypes, lithographs and drawings not only from its own impressive portfolio but is complemented also by a wide array of international loans. The Glyptotek is in fact one of only four worldwide institutions to own a complete set of Degas’ bronzes which will of course be on display, in addition to some of his most famous and iconic works depicting ballet dancers and horse racing.
Home to over 10,000 works of art divided into two collections, the Mediterranean cradle of Western culture and Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries (the latter currently closed whilst the Degas exhibition takes place), the Glyptotek occupies a prime position next to Tivoli in the centre of Copenhagen and is well worth exploring. It is open from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, entrance is DKK 75 and children under the age of 18 are free. Visit on a Sunday and you’ll get free admission regardless of age!