The David Collection – David’s Samling

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Kronprinsessegade 30, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amongst other things also a fabulous Islamic Collection Feb 26, 2011
Yesterday I visited The David Collection for the first time and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The museum was truly a positive surprise and I was really taken not just by the exhibitions but also by the beauty of the restored house and on top of this admission is free.

The collection to be found in Kronprinsessegade 30 which is situated in near proximity to the Kings Garden (Kongens Have) and Rosenborg Castle, so went you search for these tourist attraction in Copenhagen you do yourself a service to spend at least 30 minutes in this small and wonderful museum.

It is housed in the building once occupied by the museum’s founder, Christian Ludvig David, and in a neighbouring property that was acquired later. Both date to the beginning of the 19th century and they underwent comprehensive renovation between 2005 and 2009 and today provide the setting for a fully modern museum that respects its historical heritage.

In 1945, C. L. David, a prominent Supreme Court lawyer, decided to preserve his collections for posterity in the form of a museum open to the public, owned and administered by the C. L. David Foundation and Collection. Since David’s death in 1960, the museum’s holdings have, however, increased significantly.

The museum houses three permanent collections whose nucleus dates back to the days of its founder: the Collection of Islamic Art, the Collection of European 18th-Century Art, and the Collection of Danish Early Modern Art.

To me the most impressive was The Collection of Islamic Art, which also is the museum’s most important one. The collection presented in an admirable way with touch screens and in a lighting that just makes you want to indulge in all the exhibited pieces.

The collection consist of so many and such important works that it enables the visitor to form a fairly comprehensive impression of art from this cultural sphere. Today, the Collection of Islamic Art is the museum’s largest. In C. L. David’s day, it consisted of a small selection of medieval ceramics from the Middle East and a few textiles. Now the collection covers virtually the entire classical Islamic world, from Spain in the west to India in the east, and spans the period from the 8th to the 19th century, with all artistic media represented. The Collection of Islamic Art is by far the largest of its kind in Scandinavia and is among the ten most important in the Western world.
The Islamic Art Collection
The David Collection
Inside in the hall
The Islamic Art Collection
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