Photo – Magnus Biilmann Trolle – Visit Nuuk
Nuuk Art Museum is Greenland’s largest art museum. The building is approx. 700 sq. m. and houses a permanent exhibition of more than 1000 art pieces, and a newer large addition of approx. 200 sq. m. of two floors with temporary exhibitions. Today, the museum is owned by Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq. In periods where there are no artists-in-residence projects through the program, the museum will be using the rooms for travelling artists, among which artists exhibiting at the museum.
Nuuk Art Museum has some special paintings of the romanticized Greenlandic nature of Emanuel A. Petersen’s paintings which have been collected by the then owner Svend Junge.
Nuuk Art Museum was inaugurated the 22nd of May on the founder Svend Junges 75th birthday. The museum was a gift to citizens of Nuuk donated by Svend Junge (1930-2007) and his wife Helene Junge Pedersen (1933-2018). In the deed of gift dated 15.08.2005 it was proclaimed that the museum should be handed over to the municipality, Nuuk Kommune (today Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq), by the death of Svend Junge. This donation also included the couples comprehensive collection of art withholding figures of tusk, stone and tooth, paintings, sketches and graphic art. Especially the Danish painter Emanuel A Petersen (1894-1948) and his romantic paintings of the spectacular Greenlandic nature are represented in the collection with a large number of paintings. The art works were primarily bought at European Action Houses while the couple lived in Greenland.
Nuuk Art museum is a place where you have the opportunity to experience different forms of the Greenlandic art and culture.
Here you can, among other things, experience different paintings of Greenland’s nature and differences around the country, including sculptures made by different artists.
The Art museum also produces exhibitions from various artists from the interior or artists from abroad.