Munkeruphus is a former country house in a landscape ground, close to the Øresund coast, between Dronningmølle and Gilleleje. Munkeruphus was built in 1916 for civil engineer Frederik Raaschou and his family by the two young architects Terkel Hjejle and Niels Rosenkjær. A rare example of American Art and Crafts influence in Danish architecture, the building now serves as an exhibition space, a café and a small gift- and bookshop run by the Munkeruphus Trust.

In 1958 it was acquired by artist and designer Gunnar Aagaard Andersen and his wife. Aagaard had previously lived in France from 1946 to 1951 where he had co-founded Groupe Espace, a collaborative between artists and architects who worked with spatial art, and he made it the centre of an active artistic environment with many visiting colleagues visiting from abroad.

In 1986 it was purchased by the Capital Region Authority and subsequently listed by the Danish Heritage Agency. For a few years it was left empty but in the autumn of 1988 it was ceded to a foundation with the aim of transforming it into an exhibition space for changing exhibitions. It was renovated with support from private benefactors and opened the doors to its first exhibition in 1989.

The garden at Munkeruphus is 5 acres with winding paths, great old trees, open lawns and beautiful views through a gully and down slopes to the beach. The view from the beach reveals the hills of Kullen in Sweden, the lighthouse at Nakkehoved, and Hornbæk.

Munkeruphus itself is an architectural gem. Built in colonial style with wooden cladding and a high shingled roof. The proportions and colours are combined with consideration for both detail and the building as a whole.

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