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“A must of Islamic art and culture in Copenhagen”

The David Collection
Ranked #5 of 381 things to do in Copenhagen
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

If you want to understand how islamic civilization grew along the centuries, don't miss this exhibition. It's pedagogically organized, in a chronological and geographical sense and you feel making a time voyage when contemplating the maps, pictures, paintings, ceramics, tapestry and all sort of very valuable and unique objects seen there. This rich and marvellous exhibition only occupies a couple of floors from Davids Samling's former house, while you can also find some rooms in a lower floor with furniture and ceramics from the last two or three centuries of European cultures.
A real gem for our present times, when you need to understand how "the other", the "different", is actually so present in many ways in our identity and history.

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Reviewed September 28, 2011

This personal collection of Islamic art amassed by a former Danish Supreme Court justice and wealthy entrepreneur is well worth the visit. The collection is displayed in his former home and the admission is free. Individual items are labeled in Danish only with just the century in which the item was fabricated discernible to non Danish speakers. However, there are helpful and educational English explanations of each historical period represented in almost every display room. A beautiful and extensive collection and highly educational for those less familiar with Islamic art and history. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

You can go two ways and feast your eyes in this lovely collection of applied art. Downstairs is a traditional Danish historic town house with a broad colleaction of furniture, paintings ceramics and silver belonging to the original owner. On the top two floors howwever there is a stunningly beautiful and extensive collection of Islamic art. It is all diplayed with great care and organised by cullture so if it's Ottoman applied arts you are after, you can focus on just that. There is an excellent, lavishly illustrated catalogue in English which is well worth getting. Allow a good half day for the 2 collections and at least 2 housrs for the Islamic floors - a real 'Aladdin's Cave!. There was no cafe there when we went but there are nice options nearby. The staff were very helpful too and spoke English.

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