KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg was designed by Elissa and Alvar Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, and built between 1968 and 1972.
The materials used were specially selected. The outer walls, and a large part of the floor area are made of carrara marble, and the light material structure helps to give prominence to the art works.
The total area is approx. 6000sq.m. On the ground floor is the central hall together with an adjoining sculpture hall. Surrounding these are series of long sky lit galleries, seven smaller exhibition rooms, a chamber music room, the entrance hall, and the administration offices.
On the lower ground floor are exhibition rooms, a café, cloakroom, lecture rooms, a study group room, a workshop and a library.
The sculpture park
The museum is encircled by a sculpture park, an amphitheatre and a grassy terrace. A brick wall forms a bridge between the stringent lines of the museum buildings and the wooded slopes behind. On display in the park are sculptures by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen, Willy Ørskov, Lene Adler Petersen, Mogens Møller and, in pride of place, Bjørn Nørgaard’s Klassisk tableau. Drømmeslottet (Classical Tableau. The Dream Castle) – a veritable crystal palace, complete with fluttering banners.