Cisternerne - Museum for moderne Glaskunst (English
English language
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: The Cisterns - Museum of Modern Glass Art) is a museum in Copenhagen
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, Denmark
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, dedicated to modern glass art. It is located in some grotto-like former water cisterns that come complete with Stalactites formed by the changing water levels. The entrance being marked by two glass pyramids, the museum is located beneath Søndermarken
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 park next to the Zoo. In February 2009 Forbes
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 listed Cisternerne as one of the more unusual exhibition spaces in Europe
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The cisterns were originally part of the Copenhagen municipal water supply and served as elevation reservoirs that were to create the pressure needed for water to reach the upper floors of the buildings of the city. They were constructed in 1856-1859 and served their original purpose until 1981. For a while they were used for concerts, exhibitions and events before being turned into the present, permanent museum in 1996.

The collections

The museum boasts a permanent collection of glass art by leading Danish artists such as Robert Jacobsen
Robert Jacobsen
Robert Julius Tommy Jacobsen was a Danish sculptor and painter. The Danish Robert award was named after him.-Biography:...

, Carl-Henning Pedersen
Carl-Henning Pedersen
Carl-Henning Pedersen was a Danish painter and a key member of the COBRA movement. He was known as the "Scandinavian Chagall", and was one of the leading Danish artists of the second half of the 20th century....

. Peter Brandes
Peter Brandes
Peter Brandes is a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist and photographer.Brandes' art is abstract and often in brown colours. He had his breakthrough as artist in the beginning of the 1980s...

 and Tróndur Patursson
Tróndur Patursson
Tróndur Patursson is a Faroese painter, sculptor, and glass artist. He was educated in Norway and was initially a sculptor. He has since become better known as a painter and glass artist....

as well as temporary exhibitions.
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