Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art

Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art is a must see in Copenhagen for anyone interested in art and architecture.

Den Frie is closed between exhibitions. Please check the website before going.

Den Frie was founded by artists in 1898 and is one of the oldest venues for contemporary art in Denmark. It is in itself a unique and very beautiful wooden building designed by famous artist J.F. Willumsen.

Den Frie’s fundamental aim is to present the very latest in contemporary art. We host exhibitions by national and international artists, all of which address current issues. The extensive programme of exhibitions and events are evidence of Den Frie’s role as an active platform for living art and
art production, and the commitment to contribute to contemporary existence.

With its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, Den Frie is also a popular meeting place for artists, students, tourists and the many locals who pass by. As a visitor you’ll feel welcome and enjoy having your interest in contemporary art stimulated, whether you’re an art connoisseur or a beginner. On top of which the architecture alone is well worth a visit.

Den Frie also houses the café, Polykrom, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or a well-made cup of coffee.  


Mea Sculpa, 24. Feb - 9. Jun 2024

As part of Den Frie’s exhibition series Dacapo revisiting former artist-run spaces, SQ – Louis Scherfig and Frederik Worm – presents Mea Sculpa?

In 2013 Louis Scherfig and Frederik Worm founded SQ/squash ( while studying at the art academy, and they ran the exhibition space together with Jonas Frederiksen until 2017. During its existence SQ organized solo and group exhibitions, publications and happenings in parks, exhibition spaces, sports venues, cinemas and in book format.

Den Frie Udstilling 2024: Naboplanter, 13th of Apr. - 26th of May 2024

Den Frie Udstilling 2024: Naboplanter is curated by the artists Jesper Christiansen, Torben Ribe, and Hannah Heilmann, focusing on the possible social and artistic connections that exist between the members of the artist association Den Frie. As one of the oldest artists associations in Denmark, Den Frie was founded in 1891 and it has continually incorporated new members, like an old garden where a changing fauna of plants co-exist. The title of the show is inspired by Sofie Isager Ahls book Naboplanter, poetically conceiving human beings as social organisms able to cultivate relations accross species and families.

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Opening Hours

02.01.2024 - 23.12.2024:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 12:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 12:00 - 21:00
Friday: 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00


Oslo Plads 1

2100 København Ø