Past exhibitions and displays

Niels Nedergaard. Photographs from Cairo

March 11 – September 4, 2022

On display in this special exhibition were photos, taken and collected by the late Danish artist, Niels Nedergaard, during his stay in the Egyptian capital from 1979 to 1986.

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Fighting, Hunting, Impressing. Arms and Armour from the Islamic World 1500 – 1850

April 21, 2021 to January 2, 2022

The exhibition was presented through three main themes focusing on the contexts in which Islamic weapons were primarily used: for fighting, hunting and impressing others.

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The Magical Spinel

August 21 – November 29, 2020

The exhibition presented a selection of the drawings behind the graphic novel, “The Magical Spinel”, as well as two works of art that play a special role in the story: a small gemstone (a pink spinel) and a calligraphic wooden sculpture (a Sufi sign). The drawings are all made by the renowned illustrator, Rasmus Meisler.

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From Philipsen to Salto – the Collection of Danish Early Modern Art revisited

May 24, 2019 – November 29, 2020

On display were a large selection of works from 1880-1950 by Danish artists, such as the brothers Vilhelm and Svend Hammershøi, J. F. Willumsen, the brothers Joakim and Niels Skovgaard, to name but a few. Also more radical, younger artists like Jean Gauguin, Axel Salto, and Svend Rathsack were represented.

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Under Indian Skies – 19th-Century Photographs from a Private Collection

November 23, 2018 to April 28, 2019

The exhibition consisted of over 80 photographs and photo albums from India from around 1850 to the beginning of the 20th century.

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The Hippie Trail – Travel Photography by Torben Huss

June 8, 2018 – October 28, 2018

The photo exhibition displayed a series of travel photographs, taken by the Danish photographer, Torben Huss, during his travels to the East in the 1960s and 1970s.

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The Human Figure in Islamic Art – Holy Men, Princes, and Commoners

November 23, 2017 – May 13, 2018

The exhibition presented 75 masterpieces from large parts of the classical Islamic world to about 1850, all of them featuring human figures.

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Impasse Hotel Syria – photographs by Krass Clement

May 3rd – October 22nd, 2017

The photo exhibition presented pictures taken in 2001 during a trip to Syria, where the artist visited the cities of Damascus, Palmyra, Deir ez-Zur, Homs, and Aleppo.

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The Colors of Djibouti – Photographs by Peter Bonnén

November 23rd, 2016 – April 16th, 2017

The photo exhibition displayed large-scale color photographs taken by the artist on a journey to the little Muslim land of Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.

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SHAHNAMA – The Colorful Epic About Iran’s Past

March 18th – November 6th, 2016

The special exhibition displayed more than 50 miniatures from the Iranian national epic Shahnama.

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Hammershøi – Lending and Borrowing

March 1st – August 7th, 2016

The special display showed 8 paintings by Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) from the museum’s own collection and 3 loans from Ordrupgaard Museum.

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The Villages of India. Photographs by Gianni Berengo Gardin

September 25th, 2015 to February 21st, 2016

On display were photographs in black and white, taken in the Indian villages in the late 1970s by the famous Italian photographer, Gianni Berengo Gardin, born in 1930.

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Sensual Delights. Incense Burners and Rosewater Sprinklers from the World of Islam

March 20th to September 6th, 2015

This special exhibition had its focus on the museum’s Islamic Collection and the two types of vessels that were used to fill the air with fragrances.

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Travels in Turkey. Photographs by Finn Larsen

September 12th, 2014 – March 1st, 2015

The Danish photographer, Finn Larsen, displayed a series of photographs taken during travels to Turkey between 1988 and 2013. The photographs represent a journey in the midst of it all. In the middle of Turkey. In the midst of its everyday life.

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Block Prints from the Indus Valley – Textiles Collected by Lisette Kampmann in the 1980s

November 15, 2013 – August 31, 2014

The special display showed block-printed textiles from the Danish artist Lisette Kampmann who collected them during her travels in Pakistan in the 1980s. Also displayed were photos taken by Lisette Kampmann during the time she spent among block printers in the Thar Desert.

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Flora Islamica. Plant Motifs in the Art of Islam

March 22 – October 27, 2013

The focus of this special exhibition was to represent flowers and plant decorations in islamic art thus illustrating the overwhelming visual importance of plant motifs for art in the world of Islam.

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Ikat – flaming textiles from Uzbekistan

April 21, 2012 – February 24, 2013

The special display aimed to present a visual experience by showing the museum’s Ikat textiles with their wealth of colors and patterns and further to feature pieces not usually on show in the museum.

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Sufism – the Mystical Path of Islam

September 2, 2011 – April 8, 2012

Sufism’s imprint on the art of the Islamic world was on exhibit in Denmark for the first time.

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Bayt al-Aqqad – a House in Damascus

May 15, 2009 – August 7, 2011

The exhibition presented the house the Syrian government placed at the disposal of the Danish Institute in Damascus in 1997.

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