The David Collection – Who is David?
Christian Ludvig David (1878-1960) was a Danish lawyer and successful businessman. He was also a keen collector of fine and applied arts from the 18th century. Some might say his collection was a little unusual covering three main categories:
European 18th Century Art
Danish Early Modern Art
Upon his death, David had never married or fathered children. As a result he left his entire estate to the very foundation he created: C.L David Foundation and Collection. That way he could be rest assured that its future was in safe hands. And indeed it was. It is now on public display in the absolute heart of Copenhagen in the building that had once been his home, Kronprinsessegade 30. Today, the collection continues to grow.
Islamic, European or Danish Art
The largest collection in the museum is the Collection of Islamic Art. What once started out a modest collection, has grown to span from the 8th to the 19th century. Not, just the largest collection in Scandinavia, it is recognised as one of the most important in the world in this field of art.
In the exhibition of European 18th Century Art you will find works by Dutch and French painters dating back to the 17th century, and works from the Danish Golden Age. Furniture and decorative art from the early 19th century are also on display, including early works of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Company. Scandinavian interior design is very popular these days. Here you can find out where it all started.
The Danish Early Modern Art display showcases Danish paintings, sculptures and ceramics from between 1180 and 1950, all source by C.L. David himself.
About the Gallery
There are two ideal ways to make the most out of a visit to he museum. Firstly, free info-tablets are available from reception. By simply scanning the display labels, translations are provided in English. This also doubles as an audio-guide. Alternatively, book a guided tour and enjoy an in-depth visit to the museum. Although the museum itself is free, there is a small fee for guided tours.
Described in reviews as a hidden pearl in central Copenhagen, this is not far off the mark. From the Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport Hotel
, The David Collection is just 15 minutes away, as are all the other museums and art galleries the city has to offer, such as the National Museum of Denmark