GL STRAND is a Copenhagen based institution rich in traditions and central to the city’s art life both in terms of history, geography and significance. Since its foundation in 1825 Kunstforeningen GL STRAND has resided at various addresses in Copenhagen’s city centre and has already celebrated its 180 years anniversary.
The art society has resided at the current address in Philip de Lange’s beautiful building at Gammel Strand since1952. A building that truly fits the spirit of the institution; in the centre of modern city life with foundations on one of Copenhagen’s historical co-ordination points and with a free view across the city’s new horizons.
Founded by C.W. Eckersberg in 1825
The artist and professor C.W. Eckersberg founded GL STRAND in 1825 with the purpose of raising the common knowledge of art and create a connecting link between the elitist Art Academy and the public audience. The goal was to enlighten and generate debate through art and to create a new agenda for cultural policy in Denmark. From the outset the starting point of GL STRAND’s exhibitions have been – and still is – primarily the new young art and the support of young artists.
GL STRAND is a modern exhibition hall with an extensive history. In late summer 2010 GL STRAND reopened its doors for a newly refurbished and future art gallery. Our goal is to stay abreast of the newest tendencies within Danish and international contemporary art, our key objective being the support of young artists. We aim at propagating the understanding of art in general through exhibitions of contemporary art. Thus, our visions today are no different from when GL STRAND was founded in 1825.
GL STRAND features five to six major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art annually. The main curatorial aim of these exhibitions is to reflect upon our present time by use of two main curatorial strategies; either through classical masters of modern art with relevant contemporary aspects, or through exhibitions with artist who embody the latest tendencies on the Danish and international art scenes. The vision and purpose of GL STRAND is to give the visitor an interesting experience and to shed light on aspects of art which are usually not touched upon. As an exhibition hall, GL STRAND does not have permanent collection. This gives GL STRAND a great deal of freedom and allows us a curatorial openness and experimental flexibility that is different from that of the traditional museum. Throughout history we have had a tradition for presenting the Danish audience with new art, and for putting art into new contexts and different framesets
His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark is the patron of GL STRAND.