Independent Space


Hellerup, Denmark


  • Gentofte Hovedbibliotek
  • Ahlmanns Allé 6
  • Hellerup 2900
  • Denmark

Opening times

Monday – Friday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday 11 am – 4 pm
Sunday 11 am – 4 pm (only during winter October 1st – March 1st)


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Tranen Contemporary Art Center is a nonprofit art institution founded in 1970 in Hellerup, Denmark. From the beginning Tranen has been focusing on forming a platform for emerging and experimental contemporary art. The Institution was formerly know as Traneudstillingen, 1985-2015, and earlier on Tranegården, 1970- 1985. The Art institution is funded by the city of Gentofte and housed at Gentofte Central Library – just 5 km. outside central Copenhagen.

Tranen strives to provide the opportunity to  experience the diversity of new tendensies in contemporary art on a high artistic level. Based on various contemporary international and local, aesthetic, social and political issues Tranen seek to be an open platform for debate and reflection on contemporary art in general.

Annually Tranen presents six exhibitions of younger professional contemporary artists. The exhibitions are both solo shows and group shows.

Gentofte Central Library is a classic Scandinavian modernist building from 1985 designed by the renowned Danish Henning Larsen architects. Build as a central house for culture Tranen was designed as a permanent and integrated exhibition facility in the library. Characteristic of Tranen is its 110 sq. meters white, niche-shaped gallery space, that bears a three sided balcony, a 8 meter tall ceiling and is illuminated by natural light through large circular sky windows.

Exhibiting Artists