I had been so long since I was last in Copenhagen and it’s so close that I thought it’s high time I went there again.
I had been dreaming about visiting Glyptoteket ever since I heard about it – an art museum stuffed with sculptures and paintings. It was founded by Carl Jacobsen, a brewing magnate and even the name – Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek shows its affiliation to the brewery industry. After a check of its website it turned out it’s free entry on Sundays so I headed there on a nice sunny Sunday together with my boyfriend.
The first view that greets the visitor is a lucious winter garden that tempts with its green palm trees under a magnificent glass roof. It’s exotic and luxirious and a great rest from the busy city life outside.
Then there are the numerous exhibitions – antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome, the Mediterranean, Egypt. I found those a little overwhelming, especially the many heads (often missing noses, as usual) crowded together but they were in such pretty rooms with marvelous ceilings and floors that it was totally worth it strolling around to check out every place. My favourite was the Egyptian part. Maybe because it’s more exotic to me than the rest, or maybe because they had such cool things as Anubis and real mummies and sarcophagi instead of endless variations of faces. I particularly enjoyed the small cat sculptures (the cat was a sacred animal in ancient Egypt). There were also a lot of cute objects and little figures from different historical periods.
Next was the impressive French art collection. There were paintings from Manet, Monet, van Gogh, Cézanne, Pissaro, Renoir, a few of Degas’s ballerinas and some sculptures, and an impressive number of Gauguin’s works (I somehow missed Rodin’s sculpture unfortunately). There was even one Picasso painting from his more moderate period.
Having admired those, we climbed a staircase under magical painted glass windows and moved on to the Danish art. I must say I really liked quite a few of the paintings. It was great to be able to glimpse into the Danish world some hundred years ago and see some typical things like those faces of Danish men that seemed so characteristic to me for some reason.
And then suddenly it was over. We had seen everything or as much as a person can see for a couple of hours in a museum full of treasures. If only I lived in Copenhagen and had the possibility to visit the place every Sunday…
But since it was a nice sunny day it was time to go out and walk around the city a little. First we looked for a place to have lunch and had some yummy sandwiches. Then we walked around the main streets to Nyhavn and we had coffee (and tea for me) at a small hidden cafe.
We had also decided to visit the National museum of Denmark so we headed that way after the coffee break. It is a great place full of history! There were my favourite treasures, jewellery, typical clothing, swords from Denmark’s past, but it also had a lot of things from the near past, artifacts from around the world and even a toy museum. We were a bit tired already so we saw everything quickly with tiny foot breaks in between. The collections were so formidably well stocked that we absorbed what we could and finally gave up and stopped torturing our feet.
After a short pause on a bench near the Copenhagen lakes where it was unfortunately a bit windy and not so sunny anymore (it was getting late after all) it was time to head back to Sweden. We walked back to the train station and took the train to home sweet home.