Best of early-March art: A Renaissance master

Albrech Dürer's Arch of Honour
opens March 5; Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Sølvgade 48-50, Cph K;

Enter the world of Renaissance art where symbols of power, tales of war, beautiful ornaments and fabulous beasts mingle together in this awe-inspiring work by one of history’s most famous prodigies.

As the world’s largest Renaissance woodcut and also one of the largest prints ever produced, Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Arch of Honour’ (German: ‘Die Ehrenpforte’) is an undisputed masterpiece. 

The German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician and theorist from Nürnberg, whose genius was discovered at the age of 13 and who went on to be called the polymath star of the Northern European Renaissance before the age of 30, transformed the woodcut medium from semi-folk art to fine art with his unprecedented skill. 

Commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I who was inspired by the triumphal arches of the caesarea, the 16th century woodcut is part of a series of three huge prints (the others being the Triumphal Procession and Large Triumphal Carriage), which together were described by art historian Hyatt Mayor as “Maximilian’s program of paper grandeur". 

It is suspected that the multi-sheet prints were designed for propaganda purposes and were hand-coloured. However only a few editions with contemporary colouring survive today.

The SMK’s first exhibition of 2015 invites you to take an in-depth look at this work, which is one of the absolute highlights of 16th century graphic art.


opens March 7; Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Oslo Plads 1, Cph Ø;

Founded in 1915, Grønningen is Denmark’s oldest artist co-operative and also one of its most outsanding. It puts the spotlight on the leading artists of today.


Det Kameraløse Fotografi
opens March 11; Fotografisk Center, Staldgade 16, Cph V; 

Artists Mads Gamdrup, Nicolai Howalt, Marianne Engberg, Eli Ponsaing, Nanna Lysholt Hansen and Rikke Ehlers Nilsson exhibit their work within the context of cameraless photography.