Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II

About ARoS

Welcome to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum – one of Europe’s largest art museums situated in the heart of Aarhus. 

ARoS is a house of art where our guests can be pleased, enlightened and challenged. The architecture is of international class. The same is the art. And both offer experiences of high carat: from light to thrill, from attitude to entertainment, from joy to challenge.

The galleries

The art museum contains four large exhibition galleries of just under 1,100 square meters and The West Gallery with its 350 square meters.  Each gallery shows special exhibitions with both national and international artist such as Bill Viola, Olafur Eliasson, Wim Wenders, Paul McCarthy, Shirin Neshat and Robert Rauschenberg. Besides the special exhibitions the galleries give the opportunity to view works from the museum’s own collections featuring work dated from 1770 until today including contemporary works by international artists such as Tony Oursler, Carsten Höller, Mona Hatoum, Miwa Yanagi and James Turrell.

In addition international light-, video- and installation art are presented in the special exhibitions section “The 9 Rooms” in the basement.

In May 2011 the spectacular Your panorama rainbow opened on top of the museum. The unique project is made by Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin. 

7th April 2004 was the official opening of ARoS in the presence, among other dignitaries, of the museum’s Patron Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. The event marked a new era in the museum’s almost 150-year history. Four different buildings in Aarhus have been home to Aarhus Kunstmuseum since it was founded in 1859. ARoS Aarhus Art Museum in Aros Allé at the heart of Aarhus is the fourth.

The building

ARoS Aarhus Art Museum’s striking architecture is created by schmidt hammer lassen architects. The 17,700 square metre big building is cube-shaped and is inside sliced through by a curved “museum street”, to which the public has access without admission charge. Forming a logistical pivot, a spiral staircase punctuates the mid-point of the “street” and, on payment of an entrance fee, affords full access to the various galleries and facilities.

With thousands of square metres spanning ten levels the museum now has ample space to showcase its extensive collection of 1100 paintings, 400 sculptures and installations, 200 art videos and over 7,000 drawings, photos and graphics: a collection that ahead of the inauguration was enhanced by the addition of works by international artists such as Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Carsten Höller, Miwa Yanagi and James Turrell. In large measure, a donation of DKK 40m by New Carlsberg Foundation over a ten-year period enabled the purchase of these works.