Discover a design for life with our latest major exhibition, Denmark Design.
Pioneering, practical and timeless – Danish design has consistently been at the forefront of the applied arts and is today considered a shorthand for modern living and the modern home.
Charting developments in Danish design from the 19th century until today, with a focus on the post-World War II period, Denmark Design presents over 200 original objects, from furniture to fabrics, graphic design to jewellery, and ceramics to toys. Through the icons of Danish design, the exhibition explores the makers, ideologies and social contexts from which some of the archetypes of modern domestic design developed.
The exhibition features iconic works, such as the ‘Egg’ chair and the ‘PH Artichoke’ light. Among the pioneering designers and manufacturers whose creativity and skill are represented are Royal Copenhagen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Nanna Ditzel, Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen, Komplot and Ursula Munch-Petersen.
Denmark Design is curated by Designmuseum Danmark and Michael & Mariko Whiteway. The exhibition tour is coordinated by Brain Trust Inc., Tokyo.
Proud to be a finalist in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards in the Spatial Design (Exhibition & Temporary Structures) category.
📷: Verner Panton (designer), Vitra (manufacturer), Heart Cone Chair, 1958, stainless steel, wool.
Fritz Hansen, The Egg™, Making of the Egg Chair, Photograph.
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New Zealand adult $16
(Proof of residence required.)
New Zealand concessions $14
(Proof of residence required. Community Services Card holders, Seniors, Students with ID.)
International adults $28
(Includes Gallery entry.)
International concessions $25
(Includes Gallery entry. Valid ID required)
Children 12 and under FREE
(All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
How to book
We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer online ticket sales for Denmark Design
On the day - You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – Sunday 2 Feb 2020) from the Gallery's information desks on Ground level and Level 1.
Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price. There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under.
Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE:
- Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition.
- Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE.
- Become a Member on the day of your visit to Denmark Design to receive a refund of the price of your exhibition ticket.
Hans J Wegner (1914–2007)
Manufactured by Johannes Hansen (circa 1940–1992)
The Round Chair (The Chai H501 r), J
1949 (designed), teak, cane
on loan from a private collection
Hans Wegner’s Round Chair made history when it was used in the first-ever televised US presidential debate, which took place between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon in September 1960. Selected by the television station’s owner, who also collected Danish furniture, the chair was chosen for its connotations of modernity and democracy that aligned with the values promoted for America’s post-war national identity and particularly resonated with the themes in JFK’s marketing campaign. The success of the chair’s inclusion was such that afterwards it was referred to by American audiences as simply ‘The Chair’.
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Please book at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition.
If you are visiting in a group, advanced booking is strongly recommended to guarantee entry. Booked groups will be prioritised and large groups will be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups. All Adult group visits are charged the standard admission price.
Secondary, tertiary, education group bookings
New Zealand secondary school group students $10
New Zealand tertiary group students $10
Accompanying Teacher/Adult $10
Teacher/adult-to-student ratios apply:
Years 1–4 / Ages 5–9 – 1:6
Years 5–7 / Ages 10–11 – 1:7
Years 7–10 / Ages 12–15 – 1:10
Years 11–13 / Ages 16–18 – 1:30
We reserve the right to add extra staff to supervise large groups and charges may apply – please book in advance to confirm.
Discounted entry is only available with a booking. Unbooked Student groups and accompanying adults are charged at the standard admission prices. Teacher/Adult to student ratios apply to all student groups.
To make a group booking please email us.
Explore the full selection of original design pieces and furniture sourced from Denmark at our pop-up shop inside the exhibition. Or you can browse online.
Mojo Café has created a special, new menu item inspired by Denmark Design. Taste the hearty Scandi-style dish available now for a limited time only at Mojo at the Gallery, Mojo at Quay street and Mojo at Viaduct Harbour. For the coffee lovers, Mojo has created a limited-edition bag of light and structured Denmark Design filter coffee, available to purchase at all three Mojo Auckland locations above.
Plus, visit the Gallery café before 11am and enjoy any size hot drink of your choice with a freshly baked Danish for $8.
Cordis Hotel Auckland is serving two bespoke cocktails inspired by Denmark Design.
Drawing inspiration from the Danish way of life, and with a base of the Scandinavian spirit, aquavit, enjoy an Aquavit Nostalgic Old Fashioned or an Aquavit Summer Spritzer available exclusively at Cordis Auckland's elegant lobby lounge until Feb 2020.
Denmark has established itself as a great exporter of quality TV and films, with internationally famous actors taking the screen in many English speaking roles.
We have created a Denmark Design movie list including popular Danish films and other suggestions where you can discover the wide-reaching influence and presence of Danish design.
Click here to download the full Movie list.
The exhibition is on show at Auckland Art Gallery from Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – Sunday 2 Feb 2020. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm, except Christmas day.
Denmark Design is located on Level 1.
We're partnering with Eventfinda to offer online ticket sales for Denmark Design.
On the day
You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Saturday 26 Oct 2019 – Sunday 2 Feb 2020) from the Gallery's information desks on Ground level and Level 1.
Children aged 12 and under are FREE. Please note that children aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Any-day tickets provide you with exhibition admission on a single day only, but you may visit the exhibition more than once during that day.
Auckland Art Gallery Members and Members Guests receive FREE unlimited entry to Denmark Design.
Gallery Members receive free unlimited entry to Denmark Design. Follow the link below to become a member.
For online tickets, Eventfinda's standard terms and conditions apply.
Your ticket price contributes to the costs involved in mounting an exhibition of this scale and calibre and of bringing international objects on loan to New Zealand.
We recommend allowing 60–90 minutes to view Denmark Design. Last entry is usually at 4pm daily.
Yes, photography without flash for personal use is permitted for the vast majority of the exhibition. Where there are exclusions 'no photography' signage will be on display. View the Gallery's full photography policy.
We encourage and welcome families with children of all ages to visit Denmark Design. Children aged 12 and under go FREE.
After viewing the exhibition, extend your visit with a trip to Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre.
Please note we don't allow food or drink in the exhibition and ask that you don't touch the artworks.
We recommend Auckland Transport's Victoria Street carpark which is located a few hundred metres up the road from the Gallery.
Yes. Bookings for groups (including adult education groups) of 10 or more people should be made by emailing us with the details of your group, group size, and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit.
Booked groups will be prioritised.