Museums Corner | Four must-see photography exhibitions

From the avant-gardist photographer Man Ray to portraits exploring the formation of identity at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the cultural menu at the museums, galleries and exhibition halls of Copenhagen does not only consist of only paint on canvas.

With several annual festivals and countless exhibitions, photography  has never been this popular before. And now is not a good time to miss out on the best Copenhagen has to offer.

Here is a pick of four must-sees in the Danish capital right now.

Barbara Probst
The German photographer Barbara Probst challenges photography’s status as a truthful representation of reality. Her work deals with the essence of photography as a medium. In her photographic method, Probst uses up to 12 cameras for one single shoot. This creates a series of photos of the subject, but at the same time there is never one general theme that unites them. The only thing they have in common is that moment when Probst presses a button and lets her many cameras shoot one single time. The pictures not only challenge the position of photography as truthful representation, they also raise questions about our perception of the world around us.

Royal Library, National Museum of Photography, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Cph K; ends Jan 11, open 10:00-19:00; tickets 25-40kr, under-16s free adm

Hybrid – through other eyes
What happens if you assume another ethnic or sexual identity? This is the focal point of the exhibition Hybrid – through other eyes at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.  By having children assume a sex or nationality other than their own, the photographs explore the formation of identity. Together with the actor Morten Nielsen, photographer Henrik Saxgren has investigated and challenged ideas of identity and gender. The result is a series of remarkable pictures and videos that raise the question of whether it is even possible to identify people from their skin colour and sex.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7, Cph K; ends Nov 17, open 11:00-17:00; tickets: 75kr, under-18s free adm

Middle Classic
Most people in Copenhagen are middle class. But who are they? How do they look and what do they have in common? The exhibition Middle Classic is a result of a collaborative project between the photographer agency SUMO and the Museum of Copenhagen. Six Danish photographers explore the Copenhagen middle classes and offer an insight into a culture of nice homes, expensive tattoos, cosmetic surgery, consumption and polished facades.

Museum of Copenhagen, Vesterbrogade 59, Cph V; open 10:00-17:00; tickets: 40kr, under-17s free adm

The avant-gardist photographer
Man Ray is among the most important artists of the 20th century. Seen today as being an epoch-making innovator of photography, he extended the boundaries of what a work of art can be. He actually started his career as a painter and subsequently threw his inquiring mind into all media that came his way: collage, sculpture, photography and film. Irrespective of whether he was painting, photographing or making sculptures of everyday objects, the most important thing for him was to explore the potential of the medium.

Gl Holtegaard, Attemosevej 170, Holte; ends 15 Dec, open 11:00-16:00; tickets 50-60kr, under-18s free adm

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