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The Cisterns

Soendermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
+45 30 73 80 32
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of Søndermarken Park is a cavernous world that never sees the light of day. Enveloped in darkness, these damp and cold surroundings call ancient cathedrals and murky catacombs instantly to mind. History of The Cisterns The Cisterns, a long forgotten subterranean reservoir, once contained the supply of drinking water for the Danish capital and could hold as much as 16 million liters of clean water. Excavation began in 1856. Taking only three years to complete, the great structure quickly helped to alleviate many of the water supply problems of the day; but by 1933, the city’s cisterns ceased their function as a reservoir for drinking water, and they were finally drained in 1981. In 1996, in connection with Copenhagen’s status as European City of Culture – and through a joint initiative between the City of Frederiksberg and gallery owner Max Seidenfaden, who ran The Cisterns as a museum of modern glass art from 2001 to 2013– the underground water reservoir was put to use as an exhibition space. Today, The Cisterns is an integral part of Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction. The Cisterns: A Cave within a CityLocated under Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, The Cisterns is the only dripstone cave in Denmark. The natural formation of stalactites and stalagmites are not uncommon for concrete structures, yet none anywhere can offer the sheer magnitude and diversity of those found here. Such geological formations are extremely fragile, so for the sake of the museum as well as future guests we kindly request that you refrain from touching them. Thank you. Andante Christian Lemmerz at The CisternsIn a unique concoction of granite, concrete pillars and delicate stalactites and stalagmites, the subterranean exhibition space under Søndermarken Park is breathtaking. Of course, not every artist can meet the challenges proposed by these surroundings, but internationally renowned Danish artist Christian Lemmerz is certainly one who can! Lemmerz’ site-specific work, Andante, emerges as a monumental living sculpture, like a sea of candles, to illuminate and stage the sheer drama of this dark and cavernous space. AndanteChristian LemmerzMarts 2 – November 30, 2014
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Changing exhibitions at the Cisterns are usually very interesting due to the setting - the old water reservoir for copenhagen/frederiksberg. A bit spooky and very beautiful situated underneath the Søndermarken park

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Kristine F, Curator at The Cisterns, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for visiting, Marianne, and thank you for taking the time for writing these words. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition and its setting!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place makes for a great art exhibition space. Inside the old city cistern (which would make for an amazing movie location, or photo shoot space as we turned it into), you can walk around, learn a little about the history of it, and see...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

This former water reservoir for Copenhagen now provides a space for unusual art installations. At the moment (until November 2018) it’s Jeppe Hein’s “In is the only way out” - a multi sensory experience that makes the most of the somewhat dark and mysterious surroundings...More

Thank Susan W
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Kristine F, Curator at The Cisterns, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Dear Susan Thank you so much for your visit and your kind words. We are very happy to hear that you had a great experience with "In is the only way out". We must say that we agree one hundred percent - Jeppe Hein has...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

This one can definitely be called a hidden gem, because you can just go past it and never realise what is underground. Above there is only a glass pyramid. But under it you are transferred to a different world. The place doesn't have any artificial...More

Thank Aušrinė J
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited the cisterns recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. The underground venue was hosting an exhibition by artist Jeppe Hein. The exhibition was based on finding light and self reflection which we found was well executed and interesting.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

I had visited the other underwater cisterns in Istanbul (which were well lit and was a public space) so I had a good comparison point before I visited these Cisterns. I will say that this experience is like not other. Since the Japanese Artist took...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We only visited this place having seen it on TV's Travelman show, but were very glad we did. Essentially just an old underground water storage tank that was built to serve the growing population of Copenhagen, it has now been drained and turned into an...More

Thank Daryl M
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

An interesting place to visit. It's not too expensive to get in and its close to Carlsberg Museum and the Zoo.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This site is a splendid location that often hosts art exhibitions. It is located in a beautiful park. Worth a visit!

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

An exhibition space with a twist! A former underground water reservoir that has been turned in to a unique exhibition space. Set underground and almost devoid of daylight it makes for a very unique experience. Once you get used to it the space is very...More

Thank Tim K
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Kristine F, Gæsteansvarlig at The Cisterns, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hi Tim. Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our space! It is great to hear that you had a sensuous experience - the way the underground space plays with your senses is really something we aim to enhance with everything we do...More

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