In November 1882, Carl Jacobsen opened the first Glyptotek in extension of his home at Gl. Bakkegaard in Valby. Two years later, he had the idea for a new and much larger Glyptotek to be built somewhere in Copenhagen with support from the state and the City of Copenhagen. Here, you can read about the process leading up to the realization of the Glyptotek buildings, designed by architects Dahlerup and Kampmann, on Dantes Plads.
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Carl Jacobsens man in Paris
Carl Jacobsen commissioned several paintings from the Danish artist Laurits Tuxen, who also played an important role in Jacobsen’s efforts to acquire casts of French sculptures for Denmark. When Jacobsen held The French Art Exhibition in 1888, Tuxen was a member of the exhibition committee, along with P.S. Krøyer and Vilhelm Klein.
Art in public space
The ‘Albertina’ Grant was established in 1879 at the initiative of Carl Jacobsen with the purpose of embellishing Copenhagen parks and squares with sculptures. Here you can access part of the extensive source material about many of Copenhagen’s iconic sculptures.
Denmark’s world-famous sculpture
Carl Jacobsen’s correspondence with the ballet dancer Ellen Price de Plane and the sculptor Edvard Eriksen about the statue of The Little Mermaid
Rudolph Tegner’s masterpiece
Carl Jacobsen's korrespondances about Rudolph Tegners well know sculpture
Danserindebrønden (Dancers’ Fountain).
Gautherin and Chapu
Read Carl Jacobsen’s extensive correspondence with the French sculptors Gautherin and Chapu
The French art exhibition 1888
In 1888, Carl Jacobsen held a large exhibition of French art in Copenhagen, a project in which the Danish artist P. S. Krøyer played a central role.
The private letters
The family letters complete the image of Carl Jacobsen as a multifaceted person.
In 1890–1913, Carl Jacobsen exchanged numerous letters with the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.