American Friends of SMK

American Friends of SMK AFSMK was founded in September 2009 to strengthen the ties between the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) and the American public. The organization has been established exclusively to support the charitable, educational, and scientific functions of SMK.

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Survey - please help us by responding!AFSMK continues to develop new exciting art projects in the United States and Denm...
04/28/2021
Crowdfunding Campaign - American Friends of SMK (AFSMK)

Survey - please help us by responding!
AFSMK continues to develop new exciting art projects in the United States and Denmark. We would like to introduce a new digital crowdfunding campaign in 2021 and would love your input.

Please help us create a successful campaign by responding to the survey via this link, Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGwXSxu0cW9pTUTtsjExPMMlWlCSRQLz4EPeCOgRZ4BscZFQ/viewform

The American Friends of SMK - the National Gallery of Denmark (AFSMK) is preparing a crowdfunding campaign with the goal to raise money for restoration of a special artwork from SMK's collection. The painting is part of a prestigious exhibition that will travel to MoMA in New York in 2022. The artwo...

Today, AFSMK is present at Rysensteen Gymnasium related to the high school's major innovation theme ... as part of this ...
04/22/2021

Today, AFSMK is present at Rysensteen Gymnasium related to the high school's major innovation theme ... as part of this education module, they are working on innovative issues and solutions and different experts are invited to share their stories and kompetences...
Former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard started the process with an inspiring presentation on the importance of working with the UN's world goals and action competence. The AFSMK Executive Director Hanne Støvring talked on behalf of AFSMK about “Innovation in the State Service” ... Proud to participate as a representative of innovation in the field of arts & culture (and fundraising)...

Today, AFSMK is present at Rysensteen Gymnasium related to the high school's major innovation theme ... as part of this education module, they are working on innovative issues and solutions and different experts are invited to share their stories and kompetences...
Former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard started the process with an inspiring presentation on the importance of working with the UN's world goals and action competence. The AFSMK Executive Director Hanne Støvring talked on behalf of AFSMK about “Innovation in the State Service” ... Proud to participate as a representative of innovation in the field of arts & culture (and fundraising)...

AFSMK moments... L.A.Ring and spring and soon again an open SMK😊
04/13/2021

AFSMK moments... L.A.Ring and spring and soon again an open SMK😊

Vi går mod lysere tider… ☀️🌱

Nu er der kun et par uger til, at vi kan slå dørene op igen, så skal vi ikke lige se lidt nærmere på et af de kunstværker, der leder tankerne hen på den perfekte sommer?

L.A. Rings ‘I havedøren. Kunstnerens hustru’ fra 1897 er nemlig fyldt med sommerlig idyl, og med en frugtbar have og en smuk gravid kvinde, opleves billedet meget positivt og lykkeligt. Meeen, i L.A. Rings værker er der altid mere end øjet først ser. Så hvad er det lige præcis, der er på spil her?

Kom gerne med dit bud, og bliv meget klogere på værket her: https://www.smk.dk/highlight/i-havedoeren-kunstnerens-hustru-1897/

L.A. Ring, ‘I havedøren. Kunstnerens hustru’, 1897

Exciting news for SMK... With 37.5 million kroner in support from A.P. Møller and Wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Found...
03/05/2021

Exciting news for SMK... With 37.5 million kroner in support from A.P. Møller and Wife Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes, a visionary project of Doverodde Købmandsgård in Thy to SMK can now be realized. This gives the National Gallery the opportunity to be permanently present outside Copenhagen. Congratulations...

A.P. MØLLER FONDEN DONERER 37,5 MILLIONER KRONER TIL SMK I THY

Med 37,5 millioner kroner i støtte fra A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal kan en visionær ombygning af Doverodde Købmandsgård i Thy nu realiseres. Dermed får SMK mulighed for at være permanent til stede uden for København.

Donationen gør det muligt at transformere Doverodde Købmandsgårds tidligere kornmagasin til et sted, hvor arkitekturen inviterer til at opleve alle typer værker fra SMK’s samling. I de nye rammer vil der i fremtiden kunne vises udstillinger skabt særligt til dette sted og med undervisning og kunstformidling af international standard til glæde for alle tilrejsende og kunstinteresserede i området.

Læs mere om donationen her: https://www.smk.dk/article/a-p-moeller-fonden-donerer-375-millioner-kroner-til-smk-i-thy/

01/26/2021
SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

#AFSMK #MOMENTS Visit the museum at home - from the living room! Visit the museum with ArtTalks

This summer we had a visit from the program ArtTalks, which right now is taking a closer look at some of Denmark's largest art institutions, and that's what this fine film came out of! Join a tour of the museum and see the interview with the artist Goodiepal. The men behind Unboxing The Goodiepal Collection - SMK

Besøg museet hjemme fra stuen! Besøg museet med ArtTalks

I sommer havde vi besøg af programmet ArtTalks, der lige nu er i gang med at se nærmere på nogle af Danmarks største kunstinstitutioner, og det kom der denne fine film ud af! Kom med på en rundtur på museet og se interviewet med kunstneren Goodiepal. Manden bag Unboxing The Goodiepal Collection - SMK

#AFSMK #MOMENTS The Danish Golden Age is the focal point right now: #Master #Drawings NYC, in partnership with @metmuseu...
01/22/2021

#AFSMK #MOMENTS The Danish Golden Age is the focal point right now: #Master #Drawings NYC, in partnership with @metmuseum, host the #Curator Conversation “New areas of #Collecting” with Freyda Spira, who is Associate Curator at the Met. Exciting... https://www.masterdrawingsnewyork.com/partnerships/the-met-2021/

AFSMK MOMENTS... We are grateful for the support we have received from ScanDesign Foundation, which has allowed us to sh...
01/14/2021
Scan Design Foundation

AFSMK MOMENTS... We are grateful for the support we have received from ScanDesign Foundation, which has allowed us to share incredible art experiences with our audience in the United States. We hope for - and look forward to further collaboration in the years to come...

We are thrilled to announce our latest round of grant recipients! The Scan Design Foundation grants totaling $2,353,000 will provide critical support to U.S. based non-profits and academic programs that foster Danish-American relations.

Congratulations to our grantees!
University of Washington College of Built Environments, UW College of the Environment, University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Washington - Meany Theater, University of Oregon College of Design, University of Wisconsin International Division, University of Wisconsin College of Arts and Sciences, National Nordic Museum, Seattle Symphony, Nordic Northwest, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), American Friends of SMK, Northwest Danish Association, West Denmark Heritage Council, Philanthropy Northwest, ArtsFund, Seattle Foundation

12/22/2020
AFSMK Cultural Dinner @Rydhave 2020

Thank you for following us through 2020. Despite lockdowns we still managed to bring people together in the love for art. One of our memorable moments was a dinner with the American Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Carla Sands, in her lovely home.
Happy Holidays, may you all stay safe.

This is "AFSMK Cultural Dinner @Rydhave 2020" by Rosforth on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - Last evening before lockdown version 2.0 - SMK was filled with the colors and light of talented Anna A...
12/09/2020

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - Last evening before lockdown version 2.0 - SMK was filled with the colors and light of talented Anna Ancher. Thank you Mette Houlberg and @smkfriends. See you in the New Year. Happy Holidays!

12/07/2020
Kærs Kunstkalender 2020

We can all use some light (as in joy and enlightenment) right now. This month, I start every day with watching an episode of Kærs Kunstkalender. Peter Kær is the art historian and art detective behind a unique Art Calendar with 24 video episodes where he dives into a world of details and stories in one single artwork. This year, Vilhelm Hammershøi's painting 'Interior in Strandgade with sunlight on the floor' (1901) has the honour of Peter's daily visits. The Art Calendar is in Danish with English subtitles available and a new episode is published every morning on SMK's youtube playlist. Enjoy ✨
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEGQxIeZnUn0M23hC_wauePfy4B4zwaXK

Detektiv, kunsthistoriker og journalist. Det er nogle af de roller, Peter Kær påtager sig, når han over 24 videoafsnit udfolder Vilhelm Hammershøis maleri: '...

These fine gentlemen have never been to the states. Your donation on Giving Tuesday can send them to NY and LA in 2023 i...
12/01/2020

These fine gentlemen have never been to the states. Your donation on Giving Tuesday can send them to NY and LA in 2023 in the company of other exquisite works of art from the SMK Golden Age collection.
By supporting this exhibition and our organization you will help us strengthen the cultural ties between the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK) and the Americas, both in the US and in Denmark. Please donate here:
https://donorbox.org/welcome-to-our-donation-page-thank-you-for-your-support

Painting: Constantin Hansen (1804-1880)
A Group of Danish Artists in Rome, 1837

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - the American Ambassador Carla Sands visits SMK on a beautiful sunny day to hear more about the US-DK c...
11/20/2020

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - the American Ambassador Carla Sands visits SMK on a beautiful sunny day to hear more about the US-DK collaborations and AFSMK now and in the future... ( Pic: Madam Ambassador, SMK Director Mikkel Bogh and AFSMK Executive Director Hanne Støvring).

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - cultural dinner @ Rydhave hosted by the American ambassador Carla Sands last week. An evening to remem...
09/26/2020

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - cultural dinner @ Rydhave hosted by the American ambassador Carla Sands last week. An evening to remember! Thank you Nikolaj Hess for the amazing performance - and thank you all AFSMK patrons and friends for your support to AFSMK!

09/10/2020
We commemorate L.A. Ring's amazing works

L.A. Ring died this day in 1933. We commemorate his amazing works with this video showing some of his most important paintings, that have all been exhibited in a first solo exhibition of Ring’s masterworks in the US this past year.
Thank you to National Nordic Museum, Seattle and Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT for hosting L.A. Ring – On the Edge of the World: Masterworks by Laurits Andersen Ring from SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst, in Copenhagen.
Also thanx to media like Aftenshowet - DR, Scandinavia Standard, ArtDependence Magazine, Newsweek, Greenwich Time, and The Stranger for covering the exhibition.

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09/08/2020
Take a walk in the footsteps of L.A. Ring

Take a walk in the footsteps of L.A. Ring. Some of the buildings he painted 100 years ago are still standing. This is what they look like today.
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09/04/2020
L.A, Ring is back

National iconic artist L.A Ring now back at SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst after first solo exhibition in the US.
Follow the trip from the US with SAS - Scandinavian Airlines cargo to a new hanging at SMK.

09/01/2020
Life as is!

Art depicting life as is. The story about an important painting in Danish art, often used to educate in the modern breakthrough, what happens after the golden age, romantic era.

AFSMK MOMENTS - så er L.A.Ring værkerne vendt hjem fra et helt års eventyr i USA. Udpakningen og installeringen er i gan...
08/31/2020

AFSMK MOMENTS - så er L.A.Ring værkerne vendt hjem fra et helt års eventyr i USA. Udpakningen og installeringen er i gang. Værker af enestående national betydning er retur på SMK... glæd jer til at se dem igen i den nye ophængning i samlingerne.

#AFSMK #MOMENTS - important LARing collection back at #SMK after US #adventure lasting #one #year. Welcome back from @thebrucemuseum and @thenordicmuseum - #Danish #audience can look forward to the New hanging of the wellknown works.

08/06/2020
Art Insights on a Masterwork by L.A. Ring

Don’t miss these interesting art insights as chief curator at the National Gallery of Denmark / SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst, Peter Nørgaard Larsen tells you the story behind a masterwork by L.A. Ring; “A Churchyard in Fløng”.
25 of L.A. Ring’s most important pieces are currently exhibited at Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, until this Sunday, August 9.
For opening hours and more please go to https://brucemuseum.org/.

American Friends of SMK
07/19/2020

American Friends of SMK

YOU ARE INVITED!
Virtual Concert by Danish Pianist and Improvisational Artist Nikolaj Hess – “Impressions of L.A.Ring”... Free for Friends of AFSMK

‪Today: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)‬ in Denmark 8 pm

WHERE: Zoom webinar. To reserve a place, visit brucemuseum.org or call ‪203-869-0376‬; a link to attend the online concert will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program. The promo code for AFSMK friends is AFSMKJULY.

YOU ARE INVITED!Virtual Concert by Danish Pianist and Improvisational Artist Nikolaj Hess – “Impressions of L.A.Ring”......
07/19/2020

YOU ARE INVITED!
Virtual Concert by Danish Pianist and Improvisational Artist Nikolaj Hess – “Impressions of L.A.Ring”... Free for Friends of AFSMK

‪Today: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)‬ in Denmark 8 pm

WHERE: Zoom webinar. To reserve a place, visit brucemuseum.org or call ‪203-869-0376‬; a link to attend the online concert will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program. The promo code for AFSMK friends is AFSMKJULY.

AFSMK MOMENTS - as SMK museum director Mikkel Bogh wrote tonight;  “Nikolaj Hess interprets paintings by L.A. Ring, sitt...
06/24/2020

AFSMK MOMENTS - as SMK museum director Mikkel Bogh wrote tonight; “Nikolaj Hess interprets paintings by L.A. Ring, sitting at the well-tempered Fazioli Concert Grand in the #smkmuseum auditorium. First public event at the museum after the reopenig - so great to be back, to meet an audience, to have a live performance, to feel the presence of sound, images and people in a shared space! #museumreopened #improvisationmusic #jazzisback #brucemuseum #afsmk “

Amazing koncert live streaming evening with Trio Hess/AC/Hess. ‘Impressions of LARing’ in collaboration with Scandinavia...
06/20/2020

Amazing koncert live streaming evening with Trio Hess/AC/Hess. ‘Impressions of LARing’ in collaboration with Scandinavia House, New York and Bruce Museum, Connecticut and SMK, Denmark. You Can still explore the Filmed concert via this link: https://www.facebook.com/Hessmusic/posts/4113432215364350

06/18/2020
Hess

Saturday June 20 @ 20:00 CET / 2 PM EDT:
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy Danish jazz pianist and composer Nikolaj Hess in a concert titled Impressions of L.A. Ring - performing original compositions and improvisations, mixed with interpretations of and improvisations on among others the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Visuals by renowned film director Andreas Johnsen.

Danish jazz pianist and composer Nikolaj Hess performs own compositions and improvisations, mixed with interpretations of and improvisations on among others the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

This concert also features two other international danes, Mikkel Hess on drums and Anders Christensen on bass, and will include Hess’ own musical reflections on and fascination with Danish painter L. A. Ring’s masterworks. Here interpretated by the Hess/AC/Hess trio, which is a virtuose and highly personal and creative, almost telepathically interplaying ensemble.

As Mitch Myers wrote in Magnet Magazine (US) “Simply put, these guys are the best piano trio in Denmark, and Nikolaj Hess is one of the most inventive jazz pianists working today”.

The music for this concert is primarily by Nikolaj Hess himself, whose influences can be described as a Nordic mix of International jazz, European classical, and Scandinavian folk music. Hess incorporates interpretations of among others one of Ring’s Danish contemporaries, Carl Nielsen, who besides having secured his place in the history of classical composers, created an important addition to the Danish folk song canon. This corresponds well with Hess’ music inspired by Ring, exploring his interest in the five main themes highlighted in the exhibition, the many lines and naturalism seen in the paintings, and the human representations and portraits. The event will also display visuals based on the Ring paintings by renowned film director Andreas Johnsen.

This concert comes out of Hess’ newest collaboration with Hanne Støvring and American Friends of SMK—Impressions of Works—and is connected to Hess’ artistic research study Transformative Reflections, which explores inspiration and translation from visual art to jazz composition and improvisation.

Did you know that: The first acquisition of a L.A. Ring painting for a museum in the United States was made in 2016, whe...
06/02/2020

Did you know that: The first acquisition of a L.A. Ring painting for a museum in the United States was made in 2016, when the Toledo Museum of Art purchased the painting Crows in the field from 1891. In 2019, the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, purchased the painting Winter Day at Sankt Jørgensbjerg Church from 1925.
Many of L.A Ring's masterpieces are currently exhibited at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, only an hour north of New York, New York.
Painting: Winter day at St. Jørgensbjerg Church, 1925

Did you know that: L.A. Ring exhibited for the first time in the United States in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago. I...
05/21/2020

Did you know that: L.A. Ring exhibited for the first time in the United States in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago. In 1912-13, Ring exhibited four paintings at a Scandinavian exhibition in New York, which also toured Chicago and Boston. One of the paintings, Winter Day from 1912, was purchased by the National Gallery in London in 2015.
Many of L.A Ring's masterpieces are currently exhibited at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, only an hour north of New York, New York.

05/19/2020
L.A. Ring - Portrait

The life and works of L.A. Ring in a 4 minute video portrait.
Many of L.A Ring's masterpieces are currently exhibited at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, only an hour north of New York, New York.

L.A. Ring was an honest and uncompromising artist. As a young man he was once dubbed "an apostle of the hideous " by a critic because of his uncompromising s...

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The relationship between AFSMK and the National Gallery of Denmark is a traditional “friends of” relationship. AFSMK has determined that the National Gallery of Denmark engages in charitable and educational activities that are germane to the purposes of AFSMK, and that, by supporting SMK projects in both the US and Denmark, AFSMK advances its own purposes.

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