The Art Judges
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “Portraits of the World: Denmark,” the next installment in the museum’s international series highlighting the global context of American portraiture.
The new exhibition will feature “Kunstdommere” (Art Judges), Michael Ancher’s monumental 1906 group portrait of his colleagues in a Danish artists’ colony. On loan from The Danish Museum of National History in Hillerød, Denmark, the painting will be placed in dialogue with works from the Portrait Gallery’s collection that trace the development of American modernism in artists’ communities in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. The works on view will testify to the ways community, friendship and rivalry fueled artistic progress. This exhibition celebrates the latest collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and a national portrait gallery abroad. “Portraits of the World: Denmark” will be on view from Dec. 13 through Oct. 12, 2020.