The Danish capital is known for having many conventional art venues with a wide range of art styles, but not that much for its street art found in every corner of the urban outlook.
By Maia Galmés Feuer
The NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Nationalmuseet and the Thorlvaldens Museum are three of the 53 museums in Copenhagen. The Nyhavn canal, the Marble church and the round tower are three of the many known art attractions in the city. But when talking about street art, Copenhagen is not only The Little Mermaid, but also the nocturn pianist in front of the Magasin du Nord entrance, the mural on Sankelmarksgade painted by a Tanzanian artist in 1991, the temporal exhibition of armors statues in the King’s New Square and the graffiti’s and paintings on the walls of the Freetown Christiania neighborhood.
Walking through Copenhagen, as in other cities, it is common to encounter musicians with their hat or guitar case in front in order to get some change from curious pedestrians. But what makes Copenhagen unique is that its street audience is as numerous as the conventional one in its famous art venues.
Art is free, as street art only requires curiosity and nearly all museums are free on some day of the week. Copenhagen, so, is about appreciating surroundings and feeling the art, inside and out.
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