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Address: Sondermarken | Soendermarken, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000, Denmark
Phone Number: +45 30 73 80 32
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The Cisterns in Søndermarken ParkResting deep beneath the green lawns of...

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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A very cool art space

This is a really cool, off the wall art space to visit - it is in the middle of a beautiful park (technically, it is UNDER the park, haha) in some old cisterns. We were there for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really cool, off the wall art space to visit - it is in the middle of a beautiful park (technically, it is UNDER the park, haha) in some old cisterns. We were there for the Eva Koch exhibition, which provided the perfect Halloween-y vibe! Note that the floors are very wet, so wear shoes that you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Cisternene in April on my first visit, so I wanted to return to see the Eva Koch exhibition again (strangely I went and considering it was Remembrance Sunday I forgot one of the projections was of poppies) This venue is magnificent, in my eyes anyway, and the exhibition is a kind of juxtaposition of the surroundings. One... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After you go to the zoo cross the street and visit The Cisterns. It's a short visit but very unusual. At the time of our visit there was a bit of something artsy going on but it's quite unique down there. A bit wet and very dark.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place holds different installations from time to time and this venu makes any installation or excibit worth a visit. It really adds to the full experience.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Went there since it is still said to be a museum of modern glass in the web, but it isn't. Since 2016 it shows installations, when we were there video art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

It was a sunny day and I was eager to go underground into the Cisterns. It was nice and cool and puddles of water all around. My wife thought that it was a bit eerie. She was quite eager to get out. The lighting and speakers w/sounds given it a perfect touch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you have been to Yerebatan Sarnici cistern in Istanbul - imagine that it has been replicated in concrete in Northern Europe, sans Medusa head and fish ... It is close to Copenhagen Zoo, and well worth a visit. Built for Carlsberg brewery in 19th century.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It is a special attraction. I was miss its entrance, actually it is in the middle of the park. If you walk from the zoo, it take about 20mins. Inside of the Cisterns is very dark and wet, I find it hard to walk and the atmosphere is very terrifying for me. Not recommend for small children.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The exhibitions in the Cisterns in Søndermarken is most of the times great. This time not so much. I did not feel that the artist could cope with the special place of the Cisterns. Looking forward to the next exhibition.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This old water cistern is a cool visit worth during summer, and if possible to see an art exebition. It is an interesting architecture and the time has given cavelike walls. Good for kids.

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Located between Noerrebro and Vesterbro you’ll find Frederiksberg, which is actually a municipality in itself but completely surrounded by Copenhagen. Here there are several fine theaters, from the experimental to the great Det Ny Teater (The New Theater) which specializes in transcribing the great London and New York musicals into Danish, and has done so for several years with huge success. In Frederiksberg you’ll find Denmark’s most beautiful (and expensive) city villas. These 4-5 square miles form the Beverly Hills of Copenhagen. Here you’ll also find Frederiksberg Have (Garden) which sports huge outdoor concerts, from classical to electronic dance music. To top it off, dining options range from cozy family restaurants to some of the area’s most trendy cafés.
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