Gl Strand is an international Art Center in the center of Copenhagen with the Walking Street and the historic Slotsholmen as neighbors. Gl Strand presents ambitious exhibitions and events with national and international contemporary art; the institutions long historic involvement with Nordic visual art is also the basis for exhibitions every year. The Centers goal is to disseminate contemporary art in a Danish and international context and to support young artists. The art center strives to raise awareness of the arts in general and to inform and encourage debate about art. With this position Gl. Strand’s vision today is the same as when it was established ca. 200 years ago.
Gl Strand was founded in 1825 and modeled on the German member-funded ‘Kunstvereins’ and is one of Scandinavia’s oldest art institutions. Today Gl Strand functions as a modern art center and is located
in Philip de Lange’s striking rococo building at Gammel Strand. After an extensive renovation, Gl Strand is today a future safe art center that hosts 6-8 exhibitions annually. Exhibitions that always reflect the present-day by presenting key contemporary artists solo or through group shows or exhibitions that analyse art history themes from contemporary angles.
EXTRACT is a recurring annual exhibition and art prize that showcases young international art. The exhibition works to support and promote exchanges between the Danish and international art scenes. HRH The Crown Prince is the patron of Gl Strand.
Gl Strand has been a member of the Danish Association of Art Centers since its inception in 1992