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Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art

Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art

Public Institution
Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art The Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1991 and is located in the Royal Palace in the center of Roskilde in close proximity to Roskilde Cathedral.

It is the duty of the museum to keep the Danish public informed about new developments in the art world, both nationally and internationally.


An important part of the museums focus and praktice is to collaborate with artists, museums and other institutions from all over the world. This is done by showing international exhibitions and holding seminars, symposiums and festivals.


Nationally the museums multimedia/intermedia character is open for collaboration with museums as well as art academies and others whose mode of organization is naturally linked to that of the museum.


The Museum of Contemporary Art - (with the subtitle: word, image, sound) is located in the town of Roskilde. It is important that the locals feel that the museum is open and can be used by everyone. The museum stresses this by being a center for cultural debates, working closely with schools, the University of Roskilde and other local institutions.

Responsibilities and domain

The museums responsibility and area of expertise covers the kind of contemporary art that is especially focused on the cross-aesthetic mode of expression which often includes new media and technologies. The museum is also testing ground for installation art, sound art, video art, performance, film, net art, documentation and literary fusions between sound- and visual art.

The museum examines and comments the art by following the creative process, exhibiting and documenting the works. The museum also communicates the process to a wide audience, inviting dialog with the public.

The collections

The Museum of Contemporary Art especially collect artworks and different kind of documentation which show new directions in art from 1950´until today - or document a characteristic epoch.

The documentation center plays an important role in understanding the historical background of the museums activities. This part of the collection has an active information-, documentation- and research function.

The collection of new artworks as well as the classical avant-garde and different kind of documentation is at the disposal for those who whish to study and do research. It is the museums purpose to spread its own research based on the museums collection as well as that of others.

Since 1991 the museum has acquired several hundred artworks (including sound works, video works, scores and instructions) by artist such as Joseph Beuys, Nam June Park, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, Christian Marclay, Stephen Vitiello, Yoko Ono, Hans Sydow, Ane Mette Ruge, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie, Eric Andersen, Joan La Barbara, Alvin Lucier, Christina Kubisch, Henning Christiansen, Rolf Julius, Stockhausen, Pierre Henry, Mauricio Kagel, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Akio Suzuki, A K Dolven, Eva Koch, Su Mei-Tse and Louise Fuhr.


Presently, and for the past few years, the research done at the museum is focusing on the fusion of language, visual art and sound in aesthetic expression since 1950 up to the present time - and to follow and decribe how new media are testing the boundaries and how new aesthetic forms of practice continually are admitted.

As the size of the museums collection grows, the museums own artworks will more often be used in exhibitions and projects.
Foundation year: 1991
Director(s): Sanne Kofod Olsen Museum Director / Helle Bjerggaard Johansen Museum Coordinator
Employees: Tine Seligmann, Enrico Passetti, Mads Kullberg - Museum Curators / Helle Bjerggard
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