Welcome to the American Friends of SMK
AFSMK, the American Friends of the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), is an organization and a friendship scheme that aims to strengthen ties between the American public and SMK, located in the heart of Copenhagen. AFSMK creates opportunities in Denmark and in the United States for people to broaden their understanding of and deepen their ties to Danish culture by experiencing, participating and supporting the collection, exhibitions and activities of the museum in both countries.
Why give to AFSMK?
The generosity of our supporters makes everything possible. Your support enables us to share the collection and activities of SMK with thousands of people from all over the world.
About the Museum
SMK houses a large collection of Danish and international paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations. The Gallery’s educational activities include the collection, research on art history, and general public education.
A letter from the President
President of the AFSMK, Lena Beck Rørvig
The Danes and the Americans are like old friends; we have a history together and we complement each other so very well. Relations between Denmark and the United States have been cordial with uninterrupted diplomatic relations, for more than 200 years and a long history of trading between us.
The two countries admire and respect each other’s differences. For Danes ‘Coming to America’ is coming to the land of opportunities where ‘only the sky is the limit’. For many Americans Denmark is the small fairytale country with old traditions and beautiful design.
Having the honor of chairing the board of AFSMK gives me not only the opportunity to help strengthen the ties between America and Denmark, but also the opportunity to combine two of my biggest pleasures in life: Art & Friends.
Through art we express and share our cultures and we meet new people with mutual interests and form new friendships. With friends we enjoy and discuss art giving us mutual experiences and strengthening our friendships.
Being a Friend of the Danish National Gallery is supporting and strengthening the ties between America and Denmark, it is supporting art and preserving history and last but not least giving oneself wonderful experiences.
Through AFSMK I have had the pleasure of meeting the artists behind the exhibitions and hearing from knowledgeable curators the fascinating stories about art and artists that I would not have access to otherwise.
SMK is an iconic institution in Denmark—part of the national identity and a major tourist destination. Our corporate friends benefit from this connection. Being a corporate friend of AFSMK is a unique signal to customers and employees that the company supports the strong ties between our two countries and not only value SMK’s collection of more than 700 years of art but supports the continuous development of the global art scene.
I thank all of our generous friends for their support. If you are not a friend yet, I hope you will join us and be a part of the AFSMK community.
Please do read all about our exhibitions, research, conservation expertise and activities on SMK’s and AFSMK’s websites. If you have any questions or suggestions do not hesitate to contact us.
I look forward to continuing our dialogue on how to strengthen the bonds between our two wonderful countries through art and the continuous development of AFSMK.
Lena Beck Rørvig
“We wish to organize experiences and events that are unique and which offers special opportunities that expose you to the vibrant Nordic art scene. Join us!”
– Hanne Støvring, Executive Director
Dinners & Daytrips
The Directors and Officers of the Board of AFSMK
Latest AFSMK ART news between Denmark and America?
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Contemporary Danish artist Jesper Just discussed his newest work—a combination of video, performance, and installation created in collaboration with Danish artist FOS and commissioned by Performa 2015—and his artistic inspirations with Marianne Torp, curator at The National Gallery of Denmark.
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