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Den Frie., Copenhagen

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Den Frie Udstilling is a Danish artists association, founded in 1891 by artists in protest against the admission requirements for the Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Modeled on the Salon des Refusés, it is Denmark's oldest association of artists. Now located on Copenhagen's Oslo Plads next to Østerport Station, it works as an arts centre, continuing to exhibit works created and selected by contemporary artists rather than those chosen by cultural authorities.
The organization was initiated by the painter Johan Rohde and included several founding members: Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Vilhelm Hammershøi, the couple Harald and Agnes Slott-Møller, Christian Mourier-Petersen and Malthe Engelsted. The first exhibition in 1891 presented 100 works by 18 artists, including Peder Severin Krøyer, Julius Paulsen and Kristian Zahrtmann, who were among Denmark's greatest painters of the period.
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Den Frie. Reviews

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  • This is not contemporary art, these are scriblings of amateurs, below the level of an average 5-years old. A pure waste of time  more »
  • The museum is not worthwhile: the artworks are a weird combination of a bit of everything, not fascinating at all. Even the cafe in the museum was not our taste - not worth the money  more »
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  • Not open due to a change in exhibitions. No sign outside to warn visitors of this and no mention on Copenhagen card website. Also not at all obvious where the entrance was. Overall you cost me time I paid for from my Copenhagen card because you don't advertise closures. So thanks!
  • This is a rather strange place featuring "modern and contemporary" art and even though I consider myself very open minded, the exhibits were rather strange and verging on grotesque. The place is small and it was strangely hot inside. It has a small shop and cafe but nothing really noteworthy. Not a place I would recommend.

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