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Art and Culture

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Odense offers international exhibitions and attractions of international standard, but also plenty of galleries, theatres, music stages, festivals and smaller, local initiatives that form a cultural base and the backbone of the city's cultural life.

Odense's Cultural Side

Architecture, pictorial art, opera, multi media, performance and so much more. Explore your favorite genre in Odense and dive into the great selection of art and cultural experiences, Odense has to offer.

Did you know that we also offer free digital city walks?

 

Galleries
Brandts is housed in the former textile mille Brandts Klædefabrik which now forms Odense's Latin Quarter. The exhibition covers 3 floors and there is alway several guest exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition showcasing our much loved Funen artists. 
HINT - Skagen was not the only Danish Golden Age artist colony

A well known artist residing in Odense is Jens Galschiøt. He is known primarily for his protest art and many have seen his Pillar of Shame and My Inner Beast sculptures. You can visit his studio and watch him work. Other notable galleries in Odense are Gallerie Rasmus and Filosoffen, housed in a beautiful building on the river front.
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ROA Street Art at Odense Harbour
Photo: Henrik Have

ROA Street Art at Odense Harbour

A World-renowned artist has made Denmark's highest mural in Odense

His gable painting in Rome is number two on the Huffington Post's list of the world's most important street art in 2014. He has illus...

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The City Tree
Photo: Johan Joensen

The City Tree

The City Tree is the title of the gable painting on Christiansgade 20. Danish artist No Title is the creator of this work of art and he credits his inspiration to the fact that the gable faces a green...

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Street Art

During the last couple of years Odense has collected quite a few new works of art on prominent buildings in the city. The biggest is without a doubt ROA's Fish and Bird on a silo on the harbour, but our favourite is probably Don John's (a local artist) portrait of Hans Christian Andersen in the historical quarter.

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Oceania, Sculpture
Photo: Johan Joensen

Oceania, Sculpture

Bronze sculpture of the sea goddess Oceania. A gift from The Odense City Art Foundation and Asea Brown Boveri A/S in 1992 and probably the most talked about work of art in Odense, next to Bjørn Nørgaa...

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Hans Christian Andersen on a bench
Photo: Claes Beck Poulsen

Hans Christian Andersen on a bench

Hans Christian Andersen sitting on a bench is just one of the total of 5 sculptures surrounding the entrance of the hotel.

Jens Galschiøt (1954 - ) created this statue of the famous writer and made i...

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Sculptures
Something else that you will quickly notice are the many sculptures in Odense. The city centre is filled with works of art, many Hans Christian Andersen themed. Some are loved by the locals, others cause more debate. If you visit Odense, make sure to take in Oceania, a sea goddess, who lies on Flakhaven, the square in front of city hall. Many visit the information centre to ask if she is a man or a woman and what on earth she is doing there. Regardless children love her and often use her as a slide, which can be seen from the shiny path down her front.
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Ballet på havnen

Theatre, ballet and opera

Photo: Lasse Emil Hildebrandt

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